Spring Preview: Defensive Tackles

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 tackle position.

Olsen Pierre (6-5/305/Sr) -- Miami's most consistent interior defensive lineman over the past two seasons, Pierre has started 23 games during that time. While he's recorded just 2.5 sacks during that time, he does have 60 tackles and is pretty active on the inside. Without Curtis Porter playing next to him, he could face more double teams this season so he will need to really elevate his game and it'll start in the spring.

Earl Moore (6-1/305/Jr) -- After starting three games as a freshman in 2012, Moore didn't start any in 2013 and didn't register a single tackle on the entire season. He rarely played, especially when the games were still being decided. He'll be counted upon to change that this season and it'll start with what hopefully can be a solid spring for him.

Corey King (6-1/305/R-Jr) -- After playing in nine games, and even starting one, as a redshirt freshman in 2012, King played in just three games last season. He was a non-factor for most of the season so he'll be counted upon to elevate his game and compete for a starting job in the spring.

Calvin Heurtelou (6-3/320/Jr) -- A Junior College transfer, Heurtelou was recruited like a solid 3-star kid and has the size and strength to come in and provide some immediate help for the Hurricanes. He should be given every opportunity to secure a starting spot next to Pierre.

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