Coach: Greg Mark
The Starters: Jamaal Green (6-3, 257, JR) and Cornelius Green (6-4, 250, SR)
The Backups: Jerome McDougle (6-4, 270, JR), Andrew Williams (6-4, 260, JR), John Square (6-5, 225, R-FR), LaVaar Scott (6-3, 253, JR), Miguel Robede (6-4, 261, FR), and Thomas Carroll (6-4, 220, FR)
The Good Stuff: The Greens started most of last season and got better in every game. They showed tremendous improvement in the spring, and entered fall camp as returning starters who combined for 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 13 QB hurries, and seven sacks last season. They're being pushed by a pair of juniors (McDougle and Williams) who have more ability to get after the quarterback as they showed in the spring. The two juniors combined for five quarterback sacks in UM's spring game. Prior to the start of two a days, defensive coordinator Randy Shannon said while the top four guys are very good, the one with the most longterm potential is Square, who should see increased playing time this season. Square ripped off a 4.5/40 in fall testing.
Potential Worries: Ever since Kenny Holmes and Kenard Lang left the program following the 1996 season, the Hurricanes have really struggled getting pressure on the quarterback from their two defensive ends. While sacks and pressures improved under Greg Schiano, it was primarily because of blitz help. All the great UM teams were able to harass the opposing quarterback with their down linemen. If the Hurricanes are again unable to do that, it will take away a lot of opportunities that UM will have defensively.
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