2014 Player Analysis: Michael Wyche

The Hurricanes badly needed some immediate help at the defensive tackle position following the 2013 season. One arrived in the spring and the other -- Mike Wyche -- just enrolled and could play a big role.

As a recruit: Michael Wyche was originally from the state of Virginia. He didn't have the grades to enroll at a Division 1 program so he went to East L.A. Junior College instead. That is where he became a major college prospect. He originally committed to Southern Cal before switching his pledge to Miami. He never took any other visits. Wyche finished his sophomore season with 26 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and one interception.

What to expect: At 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds, Wyche is a massive defensive tackle prospect that Miami could really use. While he has the size and was recruited pretty heavily, it's always tough to tell whether Junior College transfers will work out. Olsen Pierre is fully expected to win the job at one defensive tackle spot. The starting nose job is completely up in the air heading into the fall. Earl Moore has been just OK and Juco transfer Calvin Heurtelou wasn't good enough in the spring to win the job from Moore. Wyche will be given every opportunity, and there's a good chance he'll win it. Miami's defense, especially when it plays out of the 3-4 alignment, badly needs a nose tackle to be effective in the middle. Wyche gives Miami the best chance of having a solid player in there. He has the size and the strength, along with some college experience. How quickly he's able to adapt to playing major college football will be the key, and a very important one for the Hurricanes. It's likely that he'll win the job and have a solid season with the hope that he'll become a real impact player as a senior in 2015.


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