Spring Preview: OL

Spring football starts at the University of Miami on Tuesday so it's time to take a look at the team heading into the month-long session.

The Hurricanes will be looking to replace three starters from the 2009 group. Both tackles (Jason Fox and Matt Pipho) and the center (A.J. Trump) are gone from last year's unit. Making sure Orlando Franklin will be an ideal left tackle, finding a new center, and building depth will be some of the major keys to this spring.

Franklin, who has been a starter at guard the last two seasons, started at left tackle in the team's final two games of 2009 and will begin the spring there looking to nail down the spot that will project Jacory Harris' blindside.

The right tackle spot is wide open going into spring. Redshirt freshman Jermaine Johnson will likely start as the first guy out. Sophomore Ben Jones will look to challenge him, along with incoming freshman Malcolm Bunche, who played left tackle at Milford Prep Academy this past season. Jones spent time at left tackle in 2009. None of the three have any starting experience, however, and so the competition should remain close throughout the spring.

Redshirt freshmen Cory White and Stephen Plein will look to provide depth.

Senior Joel Figueroa, a starter for the past two seasons, will likely land one of the starting guard spots but he's expected to miss all of spring because of an injury. Look for junior Harland Gunn, a starter in 11 games last season, and sophomore Brandon Washington to compete for the other spot this spring.

Senior Ian Symonette, a career backup, and redshirt freshman Jared Wheeler, look to provide depth.

With Trump gone, the Canes will be looking to find a starting center this spring. Junior Tyler Horn, who has barely played throughout his Miami career, will get the first crack at the job but keep an eye on incoming freshman Shane McDermott.

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