GREENSBORO, N.C. – The four returning defensive linemen for the Miami Hurricanes combined last season for 5.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. Add in Curtis Porter’s numbers (he’s battling Luther Robinson for one of the defensive tackle spots) and that combined total only goes up by 2.5 tackles for loss.
Defensive end Shayon Green announced some extremely lofty goals for the Hurricanes’ defensive line at the ACC Football Kickoff Sunday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
“Our goal as a unit (is) to have more than 25 sacks on the line,” said Green. “Everybody on the D-line, everybody should have at least eight sacks.”
That would be a monumental turnaround for a unit that had trouble getting opposing quarterbacks down last season. Miami ranked next-to-last in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season with just 13 sacks.
Green attributes last season’s woes to a young, inexperienced defense—a group of guys that featured a lot of players in roles they weren’t used to. But Green calls this season’s defense “stronger, faster and smarter” and knows inexperience won’t be an issue.
The defensive line spent countless hours together this summer on four aspects of its play: conditioning, focus, becoming technically sound and knowing their assignments. Green ate 3,000 calories per day and ate every three hours to put on 15 pounds of muscle, and didn’t lose any speed.
“There's a lot of potential to get way better,” said Green. “Especially with the way those guys have been training. Anthony Chickillo has been working so hard every day this summer. Luther Robinson, Curtis Porter those guys have put in more extra work than a lot of people.”
To get past their goal of 25 sacks as a unit, everyone is going to have to step up in 2013. Green is ready to spearhead that effort.
“I had zero sacks last year,” said Green. “That was tough on me. I want to get double-digit sacks this year.”