The monsters in the middle. The Miami Hurricanes have had some legends at the defensive tackle position. Jerome Brown, Warren Sapp, Russell Maryland, Cortez Kennedy and Vince Wilfork were DT dominance personified. Regardless of defensive front, Miami will be relying on defensive line coach Joe Salave’a to provide the coaching spark inside. Whether head up on the center or ready to penetrate as a one or a three tech, the Hurricanes have options.
Akheem Mesidor was moved outside as a defensive end but has played defensive tackle at West Virginia. Also keep in mind, that although Gregory Rosseau was listed as a defensive end, options to slide inside are available for the Hurricanes.
Leonard Taylor is expected to be a force from the interior and was tied for the team lead of 7.5 tackles for loss last season. The 6’3″ 305 pound sophomore and Outland Trophy watch list recipient, had two sacks and finished with 21 total tackles as he flashed in his freshman campaign. Taylor had a coming out party against FSU and finished the game with a career high six tackles. 56 nightmares provides a ton of nightmare opportunities for the opposition. Everyone out of high school wanted Taylor’s services. Some services had him the number one overall DT in the country. When you beat out Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, among others, you know you have a talent on your hands. Taylor will be in prime position to play disruptor in a Kevin Steel defense known to be multiple and aggressive.
Jarred Harrison-Hunte is a fourth year redshirt sophomore out of Middle Village, New York. JHH started eight games and was a top contributor a year ago. His ability to slither his way into the backfield was both slick and powerful. In 2021, Harrison-Hunte finished with 6.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and 18 total tackles. In 2020, he added three sacks and 17 tackles to his resume. A consistent player during his time here so far with the Hurricanes, look for JHH to be in steady rotation this fall.