Post-Spring Analysis: Miami Hurricanes Offensive Line

Lets take a closer look at the offensive line group heading into the summer.

Miami's offensive line unit was a mixed bag of results on the field last season. At times they looked to have some nice upside and at times they looked like they couldn't get out of their own way. Longtime coach Art Kehoe was replaced by coaching vet Stacy Searels and the new look Hurricanes went through spring football without a couple key players.

Nick Linder, the team's starting center all last season, missed the spring due to offseason shoulder surgery. Sunny Odogwu, a starter at right tackle last season, missed the spring while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

With those two key players out of the lineup, senior right guard Danny Isidora emerged as the leader of the group. A starter there for the last two seasons, Isidora was singled out by Searels at the end of spring as the team's most consistent and best offensive lineman this spring. 

While Linder (center) and Isidora (right guard) seem to have starting spots locked up heading into the summer, the rest are up in the air. Odogwu is expected to be the team's right tackle but Tyree St Louis, who played in every game as a true freshman last season, had a solid spring there and should be able to provide quality competition at that spot.

Trevor Darling earned the starting job at left tackle last season but he struggled to effectively replace Ereck Flowers in his first season as the team's starter there. While he turned in a decent spring, don't be surprised if the coaches give hard looks at Bar Milo and perhaps Jahair Jones. Milo is a talented freshman who redshirted last season while Jones was a Junior College transfer who was unable to break into the rotation in his first season as a Cane.

Kc McDermott, considered by some to be the most talented player in the entire group, played both left guard and right tackle at times last season but went into spring as the starter at left guard and held his own there. He seemed to lock up that job as the spring progressed and he should have a solid season there. 

Senior Alex Gall is a swing man who can play both center and guard. He'll likely serve as Linder's primary backup but he can also provide depth at either guard spot. He hasn't proven capable of being a quality starter yet, however. 

Tyler Gauthier, Hayden Mahoney, and Brendan Loftus are young linemen who are trying to find their way into the current rotation. Mahoney seemed like the best of the group this spring, and he's in the mix at guard. 

Experience won't be an issue for this group like it was entering last season. It'll be interesting to see how they develop and mold together under the direction of UM's new offensive line coach.


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