Miami Football: Uncovering When Hurricanes' Defensive Tackle Problems Began

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Miami Football: Uncovering When Hurricanes' Defensive Tackle Problems Began
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Earl Moore and the rest of the defensive tackle group struggled in 2012, but they are not the only recent Miami team to do so.

The Miami Hurricanes boast one of the most dynamic offenses heading into the 2013 college football season, but Miami's defense is another story.

In 2012, the 'Canes allowed the fifth-most (486.42) yards per game in the country and compiled only 13 sacks, which tied for fifth-worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Michael Casagrande of the South Florida Sun Sentinel notes the defensive line is trading criticism for confidence, and it all starts with the tackles stepping up.

But last season was just plain bad and to uncover where the problems began for Miami, look no further than the recruiting trail. In-state rivals Florida and Florida State have each been able to entice major talent, and both teams consistently showcasing two of the best defenses in the nation proves it.

While defensive tackle is one of the hardest areas to evaluate talent translating to the collegiate level, the 'Canes have signed now-mediocre players for more than a couple years.

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