With Kevin Steele and Charlie Strong on staff, linebacker will no longer be a weakness for UM

The quarterback has been a weak point for the Miami Hurricanes football team for the past two seasons.

with the staff Mario Cristobal Is the assembly, this weakness will not last much longer.

Cristobal has appointed two seasoned coaches who are experts in evaluating, recruiting and developing the linebacker’s talent as a defensive coordinator. Kevin Steele The back coach Charlie Strong.

The outlook moving forward is clear: the position of the Miami full-back is no longer a weakness.

From 2016-19, the center back has been a force for Hurricanes Shaquille Quarterman And the Michael Pinckney She appeared as a junior for four years in middle and weak side positions.

During those four seasons, Quarterman’s tackles totaled 356 tackles, 46.5 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks—an average of 89 tackles, 11.6 for a loss, and three sacks per season. Pinckney totaled 267 tackles, 42 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks for his career — an average of 66 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 3.6 sacks per season.

In 2020, it was Bradley Jennings Jr. who led the team at the center-back line settles at 468. He finished the season with 39 cuts for the ball, 7.5 tackles for a loss, and three sacks. Zack McCloud UM led the poor side linebacker that season with 400 and a total of 27 tackles, two tackles for a loss, and two sacks.

In 2021, it was Korean Flag Who led the team in the middle full-back settles with 581 and Winmon Stead Who had an extreme weak side with 445 defensive snaps. Flagg finished the year with 60 tackles, seven loss interventions, three sacks, and one interception. Steed totaled 55 interventions, 3.5 interventions for loss, and one bag.

When the improvement year after year has been good to see from 2020 to 2021, back-line production should improve in 2022.

This is where Steele and Strong come in with these veteran coaches who understand what it’s like to play top-backs at the college level.

Steele has coached high-profile midfielders on his stops in recent years. Here’s a look at the players he’s coached everywhere since 2003:

Florida (2003-2006): Michael BulwerAnd the Kindle PopAnd the Ernie SimsA.J. Nicholson, Lawrence TimmonsAnd the Buster DavisAnd the Geno Hayes.

Alabama (2008): Rolando McClain And Don’t’a Hightower

– Alabama (2014): Reggie Ragland

– LSU (2015): Deion Jones and Kendall Beckwith

– Auburn (2016-20): Deshaun Davis, KJ Brett, zocoby mcleanAnd the Owen Babu.

Strong also has an impressive list of midfielders he’s coached at the college level during his career:

Florida (2003-09): Brandon Siler And the Brandon Spikes

Louisville (2010-13): Preston Brown

– Texas (2014-16): Jordan Hicks And the Jefferson’s owner

Both Strong and Steele have trained at the NFL level as well. Strong coached with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 as a midfield coach. Steele worked as a quarterback coach with the Carolina Panthers from 1995 to 1998.

This kind of experience and track record will help Miami attract midfielders in the talent acquisition process over the next year.

Look for Miami to add at least one full-back through the transfer portal between now and the start of the 2022 season – and the full-back transfer is expected to be a good player. What linebacker wouldn’t want to learn from a strong and solid duo?

At the high school level, Miami will be looking to amass talent through traditional recruitment after signing a great opportunity in Wesley Besanthe I knocked out Miami Central in the 2021 class.

Better days in front of the UM quarterback.