Mike's Take: New DT transfer

The Hurricanes added defensive tackle Justin Renfrow, a transfer from Virginia, to its roster yesterday. Read on for an analysis of what this means for the Canes by CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Justin Renfrow has graduated from Virginia and will play at Miami this season. He spent the previous four seasons at UVA.

What to Like: The Hurricanes were hurting for depth at the defensive tackle position heading into fall camp. They have three players vying for a starting job, while four others are largely unproven still. Renfrow fills a major need in the middle of the defense. At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, he is a nose tackle who has the ability to lineup, take up space, and eat up double teams. Renfrow has spent the last couple seasons doing that for Virginia. Curtis Porter is the only true nose tackle on the team right now, and now you can add Renfrow to that list. He knows the ACC. He knows the competition. He has experience that players like Corey King and Earl Moore don't have. He's a kid Miami knows about, especially since the current coaching staff had to coach against him, watch film of him, and figure out how to block him over the last two seasons. All of those things add up to this addition making a whole lot of sense for the Canes.

What may concern you: Despite playing 22 games at UVA over the last three seasons, he never started a game. And lets not confuse Virginia's defense with Alabama's. The Cavs were decent at times on that side of the ball but they also got pushed around and scored on quite a bit. The fact that Renfrow was never able to break into their starting lineup makes you wonder how much of an impact he could really have. He also offers very little as a pass rusher, as he didn't register a single sack in three seasons or 22 games.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes went into fall camp with just three proven defensive tackles. When you're trying to win a conference title and get to a BCS game, that's not enough. Renfrow gives them four now. Regardless of what you think about him at Virginia, and why he never started a game there, he will have a good chance to be Miami's fourth defensive tackle this season -- if not the third. He brings a lot of experience and knowledge of ACC offenses -- something that newcomers like Ufomba Kamalu and possibly Julio Derosier can't do. With scholarships open, Renfrow to UM as a late addition should be a huge positive for the Canes in 2013.

Canes Time Top Stories