The Hurricanes used the same starting offensive line in each of its first five games this season. Then injuries struck against Duke, with the biggest one happening to starting right tackle Taylor Gadbois. Not long before that his backup, K.C. McDermott, was injured.
Instead of inserting Sunny Odogwu or Trevor Darling into the right tackle spot against Duke, Al Golden and his coaches moved Jonathan Feliciano from left guard to right tackle and inserted freshman Nick Linder in at left guard.
Both Gadbois and McDermott remain out and their chances of playing this week aren't good.
"Taylor’s ahead of Kc but I don’t know what that means," Golden said. "We’re hopeful for Taylor for Virginia Tech. Kc will probably be after that but that’s how we’re going now. Hopefully Taylor will be back at the end of next week."
Alex Gall, the team's sixth lineman to start the season, returned to practice last week and many thought he'd win the left guard job over Linder for the Georgia Tech game. It didn't happen.
"Gall came off the injury but he really didn’t come off until Wednesday or Thursday of last week," Golden said. "(Hunter) Wells was (also) in that mix."
Golden didn't even mention Odogwu's name on Tuesday and talked about how he wasn't sure how things would play out last Saturday night.
"Jon can go back to gaurd and Trevor can go to tackle," he said. "I thought we may have had to do that Saturday night but we didn’t have to. We only ran 48 plays and then fell behind so we didn’t want to change it."
The same five offensive linemen played the entire game against Georgia Tech. While the starters have yet to be determined for this Saturday's game against Cincinnati, don't be surprised if they shuffle things up during the game.
"You could see Trevor at right tackle, Jon at left guard and then Gall and Wells in there at guard as well," Golden said.
Ereck Flowers (left tackle), Shane McDermott (center), Danny Isidora (right guard), and Feliciano have started each of Miami's first six games this season and seemed to be totally locked in as starters.