Olsen Pierre (So) -- Miami's most consistent performer at this position from the start of the season until the end, Pierre played in 11 games and finished with 27 tackles and 1.5 sack. He's by far the best pass rusher of this group, and his production numbers were solid in 2012.
Curtis Porter (Jr) -- The best nose guard on the roster, Porter has battled through lots of injuries in his career here. After playing in just two games last season, Porter missed the first eight of this season. He came back over the final four and helped make life a little tougher for the opposing teams when running the football.
Luther Robinson (Jr) -- After battling an injury in Al Golden's first season here, Robinson worked his way into the rotation as a fourth year junior this season. He played in 10 games and had 13 tackles.
Corey King (R-Fr) -- After redshiring in 2011, King cracked into the rotation starting in the third game of the season. He played in nine games total, and finished with 13 tackles. He looks like a role player moving forward.
Earl Moore (Fr) -- The most college-ready of the three true freshmen this season, Moore played in all 12 games and had six tackles. He was a solid freshman in the rotation.
Jalen Grimble (Fr) -- After coming here as a five-star recruit out of high school, Grimble has fallen way short of expectations. He played in eight games, and had just six tackles. He actually spent some time at defensive end at the end of the season to help provide depth against the run there.
Dequan Ivery (Fr) -- He played in just five games and recorded just three tackles. He showed flashes of being the most talented of the three freshmen though.
Darius Smith (Sr) -- After being a starter for much of last season, Smith was at the top of the depth chart to start this season. He fell throughout the season, however. He played in nine games and had 11 tackles.
Jacoby Briscoe (Fr) -- Redshirted.
2012 Recap: The entire group got pushed around pretty good in the running game. It happened less when Porter returned to the lineup for the final four games of the season. The only one of the group that offers much as a pass rusher is Pierre. It was a terrible year for them, collectively.
Looking ahead to 2013: Aside from Smith, who was a non-factor at the end of the season, everyone returns for 2013. Pierre and Porter will enter spring as the projected starters. They're the two best players on the roster at this spot. The key will be developing depth. Which of the younger players will step up? If Pierre can add weight and strength and become better against the run, if Porter can stay healthy all season, and if one or two of the younger players step up and play a big role then this should be a solid group next season.