Spring Preview: Defensive Ends

The Hurricanes will kick off spring football on Saturday, March 1. Lets take a closer look at the team coming back in 2014. This report focuses on the defensive end position.

Anthony Chickillo (6-4/280/Sr) -- Miami's most consistent defensive lineman over the last couple seasons, Chick has now started 34 straight games. He provides a wealth of experience. He has just 12.5 career sacks so he's not a major threat off the edge but he's steady and is solid against the run. He seems to have one of the starting defensive end spots locked up heading into spring.

David Perry (6-7/280/R-Sr) -- He's played in just 15 games throughout his first four seasons here, and it was mostly on special teams. He has yet to register a sack or even a single tackle so expectations aren't real high for him entering his final season.

Ufomba Kamalu (6-6/285/R-Jr) -- A Junior College transfer last season, Kamalu saw action in nine games. He finished the season with 13 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was still a bit raw but still worked his way into the rotation at the end of the season. He's expected to make major gains this coming season and will compete for a starting job this spring.

Tyriq McCord (6-3/240/Jr) -- The team's top edge pass rusher, McCord has played in 25 games so far and has 7.5 sacks. He rarely plays on first or second down but that could change this season with some more added weight and strength. Still, he has the ability to really disrupt offenses at times and can provide some game-changing plays (see the strip sack he had against Florida last season).

Jelani Hamilton (6-5/285/So) -- Going back and forth between end and tackle, Hamilton could end up playing either spot in 2014. He's played in just nine games in two seasons after coming here as a 4-star recruit and hasn't registered a sack yet. This will be a big year for him to crack into the rotation.

Dwayne Hoilett (6-3/240/R-So) -- After redshirting in 2012, Hoilett played in just one game (Savannah State) last year. He needs to add weight and strength before factoring too much into the rotation.

Alquadin Muhammad (6-4/240/So) -- One of the nation's top defensive end prospects two years ago, Muhammad quickly made his mark for the Canes last season. He emerged as a third down pass rushing specialist. Even though he finished with just eight tackles and two sacks, he played in all 13 games and showed flashes of having a very bright future off the edge.

Trent Harris (6-2/240/Fr) -- A talented incoming freshman, Harris was one of the state's premier pass rushing prospects last year. He could play DE in a 4-3 or OLB in a 3-4.


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