Spring Football Analysis: DT

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 defensive tackles in this piece.

Olsen Pierre is far and away Miami's top returning player on the interior of the defensive line. Unfortunately, he was very limited during the spring while nursing an injury. He's expected to be 100-percent in the fall and will likely resume his role as the primary guy inside. He's very good but not a dominant player who will free up everyone else. Miami will need him to take a big step in that direction.

Jelani Hamilton was heavily recruited out of high school but has battled the injury bug the first few seasons here. Now a junior, Hamilton showed flashes of being able to make some things happen in the spring but still needs to maintain better consistency. He was competing with Corey King, another junior, for the defensive tackle spot behind Pierre. Both players still aren't where Miami needs them but they're making strides, especially Hamilton.

Earl Moore has played in a lot of games during his first two seasons here but hasn't made much of an impact. He started to elevate his game during the spring and was able to hold off stiff competition from incoming Juco transfer Calvin Heurtelou for the starting nose guard job. Moore isn't Curtis Porter but he's making improvements. Heurtelou is considered Miami's strongest defensive lineman and has the tools to become a difference maker. He just needs to continue learning and maturing into being a Division 1 player. He showed flashes of it in the spring but needs to stay consistent with it.

The Canes will welcome two more nose guard types during the summer when Courtel Jenkins and Juco transfer Mike Wyche arrive. Wyche, especially, is expected to be able to push Moore and Heurtelou for the starting job.

Anthony Moten, a heavily recruited local player, is also set to arrive this summer. Although he'll be young and inexperienced, don't be surprised if he ends up being the primary guy behind Pierre at the tackle spot.


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