Projected Starters (LT to RT): Ereck Flowers, JR; Jon Feliciano, SR; Shane McDermott, SR; Danny Isidora, JR; Taylor Gadbois, SO
Key Backups: Kc McDermott, FR; Alex Gall, SO; Trevor Darling, FR; Sunny Odogwu, FR; Hunter Wells, JR
From protecting a new quarterback to opening running lanes for the team's best asset, the Miami offensive line will define the Hurricanes' 2014 season.
It is paramount that Olsen or Kaaya receive valuable time to get comfortable in the pocket, otherwise the young guns may force themselves into mistakes. If that happens, then Miami must rely even more heavily on Johnson, Yearby and Edwards, but opponents would be able to focus on shutting the running game down.
No passing effectiveness, no ground attack, no offense, no points, no win. That's no good.
Ereck Flowers, Jon Feliciano and Shane McDermott have combined to make 73 starts, however, so the quarterback's blindside boasts plenty of experience.
According to Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald, Danny Isidora and Taylor Gadbois started envisioning themselves anchoring the right side of the line last year, and they have a great opportunity to earn those spots.
Beyond Alex Gall, the second unit hardly has meaningful experience, though, so avoiding injuries is a key. Otherwise, the 'Canes would be reliant on players like Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling, who aren't expected to be starters for another season or two.