Spring Football Analysis: OL

Spring football is over. We learned a lot about the team during their last 15 practices. CanesTime's Mike Bakas breaks it down, focusing on the offensive line in this piece.

Jonathan Feliciano was Miami's most experienced offensive line starter this spring. A steady performer the last few seasons, Feliciano has experience playing both left guard and right tackle but is projected to be one of the two starting guards this season. He had a solid spring and will be counted upon for quality leadership and a strong senior season. He should be one of the top interior linemen in the league this coming season.

Shane McDermott sat out the spring while recovering from an injury. He's been the starter at center for the last two seasons and is expected to win the job back heading into the season.

Ereck Flowers is Miami's most talented offensive lineman and the junior left tackle is fresh off an excellent spring. He might not be Bryant McKinnie but he should be Miami's best left tackle since at least Jason Fox. Flowers has all the tools and will be counted upon to elevate his game to an elite level this fall.

Sophomore Danny Isidora missed a good chunk of last season with an injury but provided some quality depth at the end of the season. He really started turning the corner this spring. He flashed the ability to dominate the interior of the line of scrimmage and will now just need to play at a high level every single play. He's capable of it and raised expectations for himself with a strong spring.

The Hurricanes went into spring unsure who would emerge as the starting right tackle. Sophomore Taylor Gadbois won the job by the time the spring game came around. He slowly keeps getting better and better. He has the ability to play inside as well but he was able to hold off the competition at right tackle. The least solidified spot along Miami's line, the right tackle job is his to lose heading into the summer.

Alex Gall worked out at center in place of McDermott this spring but is still probably a year away from really being able to handle the load in there and make a difference. He will provide solid depth to McDermott inside.

Hunter Wells has been unable to break into the rotation until now and he'll have his hands full trying to hold off some of the younger players. He has the ability to play both guard and center, which will help, and the depth at guard isn't real strong so he will be given plenty of chances over the next few months leading into the 2014 season.

Sunny Odogwu is very talented and the coaches really like his future. He's still learning in a lot of ways but started to make some strides in the spring. He's Miami's biggest lineman and the coaches are really hoping he can push Gadbois for a starting job at right tackle. Realistically, he's probably a year away from being able to really challenge for major playing time.

Trevor Darling came to Miami as a heavily recruited local player. At 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, he's massive and very talented with a bright future. He had a solid spring and will look to provide depth behind Isidora and Feliciano at guard. There's a good chance he'll emerge as the No. 3 guy there.

K.C. McDermott was a five-star recruit who started school in the spring. The younger brother of Shane has a big time future and showed flashes of excellence in the spring. He has all the tools to be a premier left tackle one day and the coaches will likely groom him to be the replacement for Flowers after either 2014 (if Flowers plays well enough to turn pro) or 2015.

Hunter Knighton sat out spring recovering from an injury that he suffered during conditioning workouts before spring started. He is expected to return to action in the fall and will look to compete for playing time in the rotation at guard.

Nick Linder, Brandon's little brother, is set to enroll over the summer and is expected to be the future at center. Joe Brown, a 330-pound defensive tackle, also signed with UM as an offensive lineman and will enroll this summer.


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