Ranking the Roster: D-Ends

College football season is just around the corner so lets continue taking a closer look at Miami's roster heading into training camp. Today we go in-depth the defensive end position.

1. Quan Muhammad -- A huge recruit out of New Jersey a few years ago, Muhammad played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2013. He had a couple sacks, and generally showed off good pass rushing skills. He went into the 2014 expected to be the team's starting rush end but was then suspended for the entire season. He returned in the spring, and made a big impact. Some people felt like he was the best player on the team in the spring. He is very talented, and is expected to have a breakout season in 2015.

2. Chad Thomas -- One of the most heavily recruited players in the entire state two years ago, Thomas played in all 12 games as a true freshman last season. He plays strongside end so his role as a pass rusher in this defense is very limited. He's expected to take over the starting job there for Anthony Chickillo. He's one of the most talented players on the roster and should have an impact but it likely won't come in the form of what fans want most, and that is a high number of sacks.

3. Trent Harris -- One of the state's most heavily recruited pass rushers two years ago, Harris was able to see the field right away as a true freshman last season. He played in 12 games and even started one. Muhammad's suspension helped him see the field right away but he's a talented kid. Strangely, he didn't have any sacks in those 12 games last season but he has some ability to get after the quarterback.

4. Jelani Hamilton -- His first four years here have resulted in minimal impact. He's had a difficult time breaking into the rotation. He's been moved inside to tackle and back a few times. On a positive note, he was a starter in the spring and held his own so hopefully he'll be able to contribute some meaningful minutes this fall.

5. Demetrius Jackson -- A lightly recruited pass rusher from nearby Booker T Washington High, Jackson has ideal size (6-6/255) now and flashed good pass rushing ability in the spring. He'll definitely have a role, likely as a pass rusher, but he's probably still a year away from really being able to make a difference.

Scott Patchan -- One of the state's top defensive line recruits last year, Patchan had ACL surgery last season so it's unclear how healthy he will be heading into the season. He has enough talent and size to work his way into the rotation. He has a big future here but his impact early on may be limited because of his injury.

R.J. McIntosh -- A 3-star prospect from Broward County, McIntosh has enough size (6-4/275) to ultimately grow into an interior player but he's expected to start his career at defensive end. A redshirt is likely.


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