Fall Camp Preview: Offensive Linemen

Fall camp is about to begin for the Hurricanes so lets take a closer look at the team. This piece focuses on the offensive linemen.

Coach: Art Kehoe (2nd season)

The Players:
Ben Jones (6-5/320/Sr/OG) ... 7 games (1 start)
Jeremy Lewis (6-4/315/Sr/OG) ... 1 game
Seantrel Henderson (6-8/350/Jr/OT) ... 11 starts; 0 sacks in 2011
Jermaine Johnson (6-6/320/R-Jr/OG) ... 12 games (5 starts)
Brandon Linder (6-6/310/Jr/OG) ... 17 games (12 starts); 1.5 sacks
Jared Wheeler (6-5/315/R-Jr/OG) ... 13 games
Malcolm Bunche (6-7/325/R-So/OT) ... 8 games (1 start)
Jon Feliciano (6-5/320/R-So/OG) ... 8 starts; 84% grade; 0 sacks
Shane McDermott (6-4/290/R-So/C) ... 10 games
Hunter Wells (6-6/300/R-Fr/OG)
Junior Alexis (6-2/280/R-Fr/OG)
Ereck Flowers (6-6/315/Fr/OT)
Taylor Gadbois (6-8/310/Fr/OT)
Danny Isidora (6-4/345/Fr/OG)

Top Returner: Linder was arguably Miami's best offensive lineman last season, even though Brandon Washington played well at times and is now in the NFL. Linder has played center, guard, and tackle during his career and is Miami's most experienced and versatile lineman. A former five-star recruit, Linder enters the season as one of the top interior linemen in the conference and has a chance to develop into an All-American caliber player for the Canes this season. He's definitely the leader up front.

Top Newcomer: Flowers helped Miami Norland win a state championship last season, signed with Miami over a host of other schools, enrolled in school early, and then had a strong spring. He has an excellent combination of size and athleticism and he's very smart. He's the most ready of the five freshmen and will likely log a decent amount of minutes at the tackle spot this fall.

Bottom Line: Linder leads a group that has a chance to be very good. Bunche is the projected starter at left tackle. He lacks experience but has size, talent, and is coming off a strong spring where he earned the trust of the coaches. McDermott takes over for Tyler Horn at center and is one of the hardest working players on the team. He should do well. Linder mans the right guard spot and should be one of the best in the conference. Henderson, the most talented lineman on the roster, will likely be the starter at right tackle. He has the size and all the physical tools to become an elite player. Miami needs him to play up to that ability this season. There is competition at left guard, where Feliciano is battling Johnson. Jones, Lewis, Wheeler, Alexis, and Wells will look to add depth at guard. Feliciano started several games at right tackle and could add depth there. Gadbois will have a chance to log minutes as a reserve tackle. Isidora is a good redshirt candidate.

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