Ranking the Roster: OL

We've been breaking down the current Hurricane roster lately, and this piece focuses on the big uglies up front.

1. Trevor Darling -- A heavily recruited player out of high school, Darling ended up starting the final three games of the season at right tackle. He was moved to left tackle in the spring, and he's fully expected to be Ereck Flowers' replacement there. He might not have the same skill set as Flowers but he's very talented, has a very bright future, and is widely considered Miami's best lineman heading into fall camp.

2. K.C. McDermott -- A five-star recruit out of high school, McDermott came here with a lot of hype last year. He was able to break into the rotation early in the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury early on. He returned during the spring and is fully expected to become the team's starting right tackle during fall camp. He might be the most talented player on this unit but how quickly he'll return to full health remains unclear.

3. Danny Isidora -- After a redshirt year in 2012, Isidora missed all but a couple games in 2013 because of a foot injury. He won the starting right guard job in 2014 and ended up starting the entire season there. He was on a very talented line that included a couple draft picks, and he held up pretty well. He's expected to be even better this season, and should be in line for a strong junior season this fall.

4. Nick Linder -- Coming as a surprise to a lot of people at the time, Linder was called into the starting lineup over some older players early on last season when the unit was hit with some key injuries. Linder was recruited to be the center of the future, and the future is now. He's fresh off a solid freshman season, and should emerge as one of the league's better players at that position this fall.

5. Alex Gall -- It didn't take Gall long to see the field as a true freshman in 2013, playing in 11 games off the bench. He was expected to be a key contributor along the offensive line last season but instead was injured most of the year. He returned in the spring and took over the starting job at left guard. He's a talented kid with size and smarts to become an effective replacement for Jon Feliciano.

6. Jahair Jones -- A heavily recruited Junior College transfer, Jones enrolled here in the spring and finished spring football as a backup left tackle. That was a positive sign because it was unclear where along the line he'd settle in at. He's a big kid with plus athleticism and he seems to be well on his way to being in the rotation this fall.

7. Sunny Odogwu -- The biggest player on Miami's roster, Odogwu came here in January of 2013 with a lot of upside. He was very raw, however, and that's proven to be true since he's been unable to see the field in meaningful minutes. He ended spring competing with McDermott at right tackle. He's capable of playing guard or right tackle -- perhaps even left tackle -- but he may still be a year away from really being able to make an impact.

8. Hunter Wells -- A very lightly recruited addition to Al Golden's first recruiting class, Wells has only played in a handful of games in reserve during his first four years here. He has an experience edge on Brown and Knighton but he may have a hard time holding off the competition that the true freshmen will provide.

9. Joe Brown -- A late addition to Miami's 2014 recruiting class, Brown came here as a defensive tackle but was immediately moved to guard. He redshirted last season and spent the spring playing behind Isidora on the right side. How much he'll factor into the rotation remains unclear.

10. Hunter Knighton -- After redshirting in 2013, he missed the 2014 season with an injury. Now a redshirt sophomore, Knighton is currently playing behind Nick Linder at center. He's at the bottom of the depth chart, however, and his upside remains unclear at this point.

The Canes also signed five offensive linemen in their 2015 recruiting class -- Brendan Loftus, Bar Milo, Tyree St. Louis, Tyler Gauthier, and Hayden Mahoney. While the coaches are excited about the future of this entire group, they will start the season at the bottom of the depth chart and no one seems terribly likely to work their way too far up this list early in the season.


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