2012 Season Review: OL

The 2012 season is over for the Miami Hurricanes so it's time to take a look back at what happened. Today, we break down the play of the offensive line.

The Players:

Ben Jones (Sr; 3-stars coming out of H.S.) – After an up-and-down career going into his senior season, Jones didn't see the field the first few games of the year. However, after a solid performance against Bethune Cookman, he saw the field a lot against Georgia Tech, and was on the field a lot in the second half. He started the N.C. State game but got hurt, and was lost for the season.

Jeremy Lewis (Sr; 3-star) – Playing as the backup to Feliciano at left guard, the former defensive lineman was able to play in nine games this season. He was a solid contributor off the bench in his fifth and final season as a Hurricane.

Brandon Linder (Jr; 5-star) – After entering the season with two years of starting experience under his belt already, Linder became Miami's top offensive lineman this year. He started all 12 games at right guard, and turned in a very good season. He will enter the 2013 season as one of the premier offensive linemen in the ACC.

Seantrel Henderson (Jr; 5-star) – A former five-star recruit, Henderson didn't have a real good offseason leading into the season. He was back home a lot dealing with some personal things and he also battled through some injuries. During the Boston College game to start the season, many wondered if he'd ever see the field again the rest of the season. Instead, he played in the next 11 games and started about half the season at right tackle. He's massively talented and has an NFL future. He may leave early but hasn't indicated that yet. If he returns for his senior season, he will enter 2013 as Miami's starting right tackle and will have a chance to really jump up the draft charts.

Jared Wheeler (Jr; 3-star) – Playing mostly on special teams, Wheeler saw very limited time at center toward the end of the season. He will enter his senior season as McDermott's backup.

Shane McDermott (So; 3-star) – After rarely seeing the field in his first two seasons while playing behind Tyler Horn, McDermott emerged as the starting center early in 2012. He maintained that position all through spring and summer and then became Miami's second best offensive lineman this season. He will enter his junior season in 2013 as one of the league's best.

Malcolm Bunche (So; 3-star) – After being named the starter early in 2012 at left tackle, Bunche had an up and down season there while protecting the blindside of Stephen Morris. Bunche played well enough to keep his starting spot all season. He will look for improvement going into his junior season, when he will likely be locked in a battle with Flowers for the starting job opposite Henderson.

Jonathan Feliciano (So; 3-star) – After starting his freshman season at right tackle, Feliciano moved inside this year and locked down the starting left guard spot. He was the most often subbed starter, as Lewis often replaced him early in games. He turned in another solid season though and has a bright future on the interior of Miami's line.

Ereck Flowers (Fr; 4-star) – Touted as one of the state's premier offensive tackle prospects coming out of high school last year, Flowers enrolled early and went through all the offseason workouts with the team. That helped him land a starting spot to start the season. He started the first few games at right tackle before losing the job to Henderson. He played some at left tackle as well, and will likely compete with Bunche for the starting left tackle job in 2013.

Danny Isidora (Fr; 3-star) -- Redshirted

Taylor Gadbois (Fr; 3-star) -- Redshirted

2012 Recap: The Hurricanes were very solid in the running game this season, as the team's running backs averaged 5.4 yards per carry. They gave up 18 sacks on the season, one of the better numbers in the conference in pass protection. This unit struggled, however, against the better defenses on the schedule (Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Florida State) but seemed to get better as the season wore on. Linder and McDermott had good seasons. The other three starters turned in solid seasons. Flowers showed flashes of being a real good one down the road.

Looking ahead to 2013: Bunche and Flowers will likely compete for the starting left tackle spot. If Bunche wins the job, Flowers will continue getting playing time on both sides. Linder and McDermott should be All-ACC caliber players. Feliciano is solid, and look for Isidora to play the role that Lewis played off the bench in 2012. The key might be Henderson. If he returns to school and decides that he wants to get serious about playing, his skills are off the charts. He could end up being an All-American in 2013. The entire starting group returns, so this unit should be much improved in 2013.

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