Wimbs Providing Depth at OT

Cyrim Wimbs is an offensive lineman from Pompano Beach Ely. He will be entering his third season with Miami this fall and is working hard this spring to be a key contributor.

Cyrim Wimbs has been the second-team right tackle this spring behind Rashad Butler. He has shown improvement this spring and is developing as a solid tackle. With Butler solidifying the right tackle spot and if Eric Winston can come back healthy to play left tackle, playing time could be hard to come by in 2005.

However, Winston's return is not a guarentee and depth is always needed along the offensive line. Injuries happen and Wimbs must be ready to play when his name is called. Miami has four seniors along the offensive line so it is imperative for the younger players, like Wimbs, to develop this year and be ready for large contributions in 2006.

"I feel I am progressing real well this spring," Wimbs said. "I just take it day by day. I don't look forward to the next day. I just try to come out here each day and do my thing."

The offensive line has shown positive signs this spring, but has struggled at times as well.

"Everybody is playing good," Wimbs said. "But like coach Kehoe has said, we still have a long ways to go."

The defense has had their fair share of dominance this spring, but the offense has had a number of big plays. The quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman have thrown great passes deep and short. The wide receivers have made some big-time plays and the running backs have been running hard through the holes.

"The defense has been playing real well," Wimbs said. "The offense is playing good, but we just have to be more consistent. We have good plays followed by bad plays. We just have to get good plays back-to-back."

Wimbs has played both tackle positions since arriving to Miami in 2003. He prefers to play right side because he played there in high school. Currently a right tackle, he could be moved to left tackle as early as this week because of an injury to Chris Rutledge.

When he first arrived on campus he weighted 358 pounds, but is now down to 322 pounds. The coaches want him down to 310 in the summer.

"When I was a freshman I had to lose all that weight and get in shape," Wimbs said. "Now that I have gotten in good shape I feel that I am coming along real well."

Losing 35 pounds has been beneficial for Wimbs, who had a hard time with the conditioning aspect of being a Division I athlete.

"It is like a load off of my back," Wimbs said. "Coach Kehoe always says that whatever you weight, add 20 more pounds when you get the pads on. It was hard to compete out here against our defense. Losing the weight helped me a lot."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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