The Scoop on Miami's O-Line Play

Miami's offensive play has been up and down this season but there have been some key injuries along the way. Read on for a complete analysis of their play through the first half of the season from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Ereck Flowers -- Miami's franchise left tackle has lived up to his billing this season. He's been the team's premier offensive lineman this season and is having one of the best seasons of any left tackle at Miami in many years. The talented junior has entered the mix of being considered a late first round pick in April's draft. He has shown the ability to slow down just about anyone's top pass rusher.

Jonathan Feliciano -- The team's most versatile offensive lineman, Feliciano has been rock solid this season. He started the first five games at left guard and has started the last two at right tackle. He's better inside but has been adequate at tackle. He's often the first player mention out of Al Golden's mouth when it comes to the leadership on this year's team as well.

Shane McDermott -- The senior has been a steady performer at center all season. He does not leave the field and does a good job of making the line calls for the line. He's experienced, tough, and is putting together a solid senior campaign in the middle.

Danny Isidora -- One of two new starters on the right side of the line, Isidora struggled a bit early in the season. He had a tough opening night against Louisville and hasn't always played good, consistent football since then. He has the size and strength to really dominate in the running game but it hasn't happened yet. Perhaps it'll take time.

Taylor Gadbois -- The other first time starter on the right side of the line, Gadbois edged out K.C. McDermott during fall camp to win the job. He struggled in games against Louisville and Nebraska and then suffered an injury in the second half of the Duke game. He was, however, playing just well enough to keep McDermott out of the starting lineup. He's expected to return against Virginia Tech next week and Miami really needs the big sophomore to play well down the stretch.

Nick Linder -- Recruited here to play center and eventually become McDermott's replacement, Linder surprised a lot of people by being the guy the coaches went with when Gadbois and Kc McDermott were injured against Duke. He's been the team's starting left guard in each of the last two games. With Gadbois expected to return and Gall getting healthy again, Linder will likely see a lot less playing time down the stretch. Still, it's encouraging that he's able to play the position effectively. He's very strong and works hard and should be a very solid replacement for Shane McDermott starting in the spring.

Alex Gall -- This sophomore was the team's sixth man along the offensive line at the end of fall camp. Isidora edged him out for the starting right guard spot but it was very close. He was expected to play a lot but then was injured early in the season and missed a few weeks. He's back in the rotation but Isidora gained a big edge on him in terms of game experience in recent weeks. He's a kid the coaches seem to really like and there's a real good chance he'll be Feliciano's replacement in the starting lineup in the spring.

Kc McDermott -- One of the nation's most heavily recruited offensive line prospects last year, McDermott came in here and nearly won a job right away. Gadbois edged him out as the team's starting right tackle to start the season but it wasn't a big gap. Unfortunately, he suffered a somewhat serious injury against Duke and is likely still a few weeks away from returning. Gadbois will likely remain ahead of him but McDermott has a very bright future here and will be a leading candidate to become one of the starters in the spring.

Trevor Darling -- A premier recruit in last year's recruiting class, Darling has the physical tools to be a real good player here one day. He's not at the same level as Ereck Flowers at the same age and was behind Kc McDermott to start the season. When Gadbois and McDermott were injured against Duke many people expected Darling to enter the rotation. The coaches went with Linder instead. He was expected to be a little further along at this stage but he clearly has a bright future and will likely compete for one of the two starting tackle jobs in the spring.

Sunny Odogwu -- The team's biggest offensive lineman, Odogwu is still learning how to play the game in a lot of ways. He came here very raw and his development is still in progress. He came here as a tackle and then worked at guard some during fall camp and has worked at both. He hasn't seen the field while any game was still close and it's hard to tell how his development is coming along. He's a player the Hurricanes will count on to provide depth in the spring. Realistically, he's still probably a year or two away from really pushing for a starting job.

Joe Brown -- A late addition to last year's recruiting class, Brown came in here after primarily playing defensive tackle in high school. He's been at guard since his arrival here but hasn't seen the field yet. He's expected to redshirt this season and then compete to provide some depth at guard in the spring.

Hunter Wells -- He's a fourth year junior who simply can't break into the lineup for the Hurricanes. He played on special teams against Louisville and then saw mop-up duty against Florida A&M, Arkansas State, and Cincinnati. He hasn't been in the rotation since.

Hunter Knighton -- He's still on scholarship but isn't playing for the Hurricanes yet as he's still recovering from a health issue he had over the summer.

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