2014 Player Analysis: Tyriq McCord

Tyriq McCord is probably Miami's best pass rusher heading into the 2014 season and he should play a key role for the Hurricanes.

As a recruit: Tyriq McCord put his name on the recruiting map as a junior at Jefferson High in Tampa when he finished the season with 82 tackles and 18 sacks. He collected scholarship offers from schools all over the country, including one from Miami, in the spring before his senior year. He finished his senior season with 21 sacks and played in the US Army All-American Game after the season. McCord took official visits to Miami, Georgia, South Carolina, and USC before making a commitment to the Canes in early January.

As a Hurricane: Despite being a bit undersized as a true freshman in 2012, McCord played in all 12 games as a reserve and finished with 15 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He added weight and strength before his sophomore season and became one of Miami's two third down pass rushing specialists (along with Quan Muhammad). He finished the season with 13 tackles and four sacks. He had a solid spring and ended it being in a competition with Muhammad as the starter opposite either Anthony Chickillo or Ufomba Kamalu.

What to expect: McCord is probably Miami's most proven pass rusher coming back from last season. With even more added weight and strength, he should be able to increase his sack totals to somewhere in the 7-8 range this fall. He will likely continue serving as a third down specialist along with Muhammad, while Chick and Kamalu man the two spots on first and second down. McCord seems on the verge of having a breakout season as a pass rusher, and everyone knows how badly Miami's defense could use that.

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