Miami Gets Its Starting DE Back
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ Top-ranked Miami’s injury-depleted defensive line received a boost Friday when defensive ends Jerome McDougle and Andrew Williams participated in contact drills for the first time since fall camp began.
The Hurricanes entered the fall with four seniors who had starting experience, but injuries to McDougle’s pectoral muscle and Williams’ knee depleted the depth.
``I wouldn’t say they were ready to play, or if we played tonight that I’d play them 60 plays,″ coach Larry Coker said. ``But they did practice today and saw some limited work, which is a good sign.″
Cornelius Green and Jamaal Green, who are unrelated, are listed as Miami’s starters at defensive end. Before last fall, the Greens were slated as the starters, but injuries pushed McDougle and Williams into those roles.
McDougle started all 12 games last season, recording seven sacks and 48 quarterback hurries. He was recently included on the watch list for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s best lineman.
Williams started five games before a midseason knee injury, but returned for the final three games last season. He finished with four sacks and 30 tackles.