D-Line trying to build momentum

Miami's defensive line didn't have great depth this spring but they performed pretty well as a unit and will try to build off that momentum heading into the summer.

The Hurricanes didn't have a whole lot of depth going into spring football along the defensive line -- especially at defensive end. It didn't get any better than Shayon Green, the starter to start spring opposite Anthony Chickillo, went down with a foot injury. Still, they held up nicely and put together a strong spring game performance.

"I thought the whole defensive line did a nice job," Al Golden said.

The strong performance came against an offensive line that was missing a few key players.

"We have to reserve judgment based on the depth issues on the O-Line with Jermaine out and Felic out and some of those issues," Golden said.

The defensive tackles came to play for the spring game and Golden saw a lot of positives from that grooup.

"We're gonna look at the body of work, as opposed to just what they did (in the spring game)," he said. "Luther played hard, Olsen played hard, Porter, all those guys played hard. There will be competition."

While there is solid competition at tackle already, the depth at defensive end will get a whole lot better this summer when a few incoming freshmen arrive.

"Our competition at end should get better with O'Donnell and McCord and Jelani and those guys coming in," he said. "We're looking freshmen coming to our team to compete and to help our team."

Chickillo will be looked upon as one of the leaders on this defense and he believes the defensive line will carry some momentum into summer.

"We gotta build off this. I don't like how it ended with them scoring a touchdown but I thought overall we did good throughout the day but we gotta get better going into summer and fall camp."

Chickillo says he was pleased with the overall performance of the defense this spring, especially with a few key players out.

"A lot of guys got reps this spring. Eddie Johnson got better. Gionni Paul got better. Tyrone Cornileus got better. The whole D-Line got better. As a whole, the defense had a good spring and we gotta work hard over the summer going into fall camp."


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