Spring Preview: Linebackers

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 linebacker position.

Denzel Perryman (6-0/245/Sr) -- One of Miami's best linebackers in recent memory, Perryman has been rock solid his first three years here. He's started 24 games now and has 241 career tackles (17.5 for loss). He causes fumbles, creates collisions, and flat out knows how to find the football. After making the decision to return for his senior season, Perryman will be counted upon to have a huge senior season for the Canes.

Thurston Armbrister (6-3/235/Sr) -- A lightly recruited recruit a few years ago, Armbrister has surprisingly started 10 games over the past two seasons and has 73 total tackles. He's long and athletic and should be able to put together his best season yet.

Raphael Kirby (6-1/235/Jr) -- A 4-star recruit from SEC Country a couple years ago, Kirby has played in 20 games over his first two seasons but it's been mostly on special teams. He can play inside or outside and is considered the early favorite to replace Jimmy Gaines at the mike.

Alex Figueroa (6-3/240/So) -- A lightly recruited player in last year's class, Fig showed flashes of excellence in his first year here. He played in his first nine games, even starting two of them, before getting injured at the end of the season. He has a very bright future here and will be counted upon to win one of the starting spots in the spring.

Jermaine Grace (6-1/210/So) -- A bit undersized, Grace has good speed and athleticism at the position. He played in 11 games and saw lots of action against Louisville at the end of the season. He'll be given a chance to win one of the starting jobs this spring.

Jawand Blue (6-0/235/R-So) -- After redshirting in 2012, Blue played in just two games last season. He couldn't even crack the rotation on special teams so expectations shouldn't be too high for him right now.

Juwon Young (6-1/240/Fr) -- An incoming freshman from SEC country in Georgia, Young comes in with good instincts and the ability to find the football. That should enable him to see the field early on.

Darrion Owens (6-3/220/Fr) -- An incoming freshman from the Jacksonville area, Owens has an impressive combination of size, speed, and athleticism. He should have a chance to work his way into the rotation early on.


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