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Chickillo wants to rebound from a disappointing 2012 campaign.
A team’s defensive success starts with the linemen, and sure enough, it is where the ‘Canes must improve the most.
The Miami defense allowed 26.2 first downs per game in 2012, and the Hurricanes have a tough time scoring when the offense is on the sideline.
Anthony Chickillo and Shayon Green, the two starting defensive ends, combined for 112 tackles last season but collected only 8.5 tackles for loss. Olsen Pierre had a solid season—making 27 stops, five of them for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. But the rest of the Hurricanes’ defensive linemen must make huge improvements.
A rotation comprising two of Luther Robinson, Curtis Porter, Jalen Grimble, Corey King and Earl Moore played many snaps at defensive tackle, but the five players combined for just 47 tackles and 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage.
Add in the fact that Al-Quadin Muhammad is not yet on campus, Devante Bond may not qualify and Ufomba Kamalu is in jeopardy, too, the ‘Canes are completely reliant on returning linemen other than transfer David Gilbert.
That is, shall I say, not good.