DE1: Ufomba Kamalu or Anthony Chickillo; Chad Thomas
DE2: Al-Quadin Muhammad or Tyriq McCord or Trent Harris
DT1: Earl Moore or Calvin Heurtelou; Michael Wyche
DT2: Corey King or Jelani Hamilton or Olsen Pierre
Basically, every Miami defensive lineman who participated in spring practice is listed as a co-starter.
Kamalu appeared to outperform the returning starter Chickillo, and his name atop the depth chart is an adequate reward. Of course, it means Chick needs to step up in order to regain his role. On the opposite side, Muhammad and McCord are expected to be menaces as edge-rushers, so the Hurricanes won't necessarily demand production from Harris as a true freshman.
Moore was the lone defensive tackle who earned a black jersey during the spring, and Golden expressed how he was impressed by the JUCO transfer Heurtelou. At the other D-tackle spot, King and Hamilton were able to break even with Pierre while the senior was sidelined due to a head injury.
Somewhat surprisingly, Thomas and Wyche still managed to earn a spot on the depth chart, despite neither athlete being on campus.
From top to bottom, depth on the defensive line is much improved compared to last season. Before the unit receives a higher grade, however, the men in the trenches must get results.