The Miami defense requires a vastly improved front seven, and the (necessary, if charges are true) dismissals of Alex Figueroa and JaWand Blue complicated the picture. Presently, the linebacker position is a glaring weakness.
Behind Denzel Perryman and Thurston Armbrister, Raphael Kirby and Jermaine Grace are the two top linebackers. However, neither has played an overwhelming amount of meaningful snaps, and "trial by fire" is an adequate way to describe the first month for the duo.
Juwon Young moves into Blue's vacated backup position, forcing the true freshman into a role for which he might be ready at best. Even Terry McCray could be given some garbage-time reps at inside linebacker, keeping him from a redshirt season.
Unless Tyriq McCord rapidly becomes more than an edge-rusher, another first-year player in Darrion Owens is a second-string 'backer.
But other than Perryman and maybe Armbrister, are they actually ready? Kirby has averaged 1.3 tackles per game in 20 appearances, Grace was essentially a special teams contributor in 2013, and the others are new to college ball.
Golden will address this issue in some manner, but he'll probably manage to coach-speak around the situation.