2019 SOTU Awards: Worst Unit / Offensive Line

There is no doubt that repairing the offensive line is one of the greatest needs of the Miami Hurricanes in the off-season. Miami had the worst output of a unit that was a huge trigger for the U’s offensive battles. When we dissected the 2019 season, the offensive line was voted the “worst unit” of the year. Miami started the season with an embarrassing performance against Florida, ended the year with ZERO points against La Tech and was generally ineffective in run-blocking and passport protection.

Miami had an average of just 3.8 yards per carry this season, and if you take the Bethune Cookman game out of the equation, the canes were an awful 3.46 yards per carry on average. A big part of the run game fights was Dan Enos’ scheme, but another big factor was the lack of push from the offensive line. The Canes were also unable to protect the QB at all, which restricted their offensive throughout the season. Miami was 127th out of 130 teams, which allowed 3.97 bags per game and 51 in total. This was an inefficiency in high school and an important reason why Dan Enos and Butch Barry were fired.

Here is a summary from position to position:

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Zion Nelson – A former 2-star recruit who played 2-star recruit like a newbie. Zion won the LT job, which is an indictment against the other guys who applied for the job. Nelson sometimes looked overwhelmed and could have used a red shirt year.

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Corey Gaynor – Started all 13 games for The U in 2019 and played pretty decently in the middle. Will be an RS Junior in 2020 and should have the job in spring.

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Navaughn Donaldson – A much stupid recruit that has declined in his 3 years on campus. Donaldson started in 12 games in 2019, but missed the bowl game with a leg injury. Navaughn will likely need to lose 30 pounds and get in shape before he is 20, but that could be a problem as he rehabilitates his injury.

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Jakai Clark – Clark took over at RG in the 2nd game of the season and generally played well as a real newbie. He gained some strength and weight in the off-season, but was one of the surprises in 2019.

DJ Scaife Jr – Started all 13 games for the Canes, one in the opening game at Guard vs. Florida stood and the other at RT. Scaife was Miami’s best O-Lineman in 2019, which doesn’t say much. Pro Football Focus had awarded him 68.0 as the best rated hurricane, which was enough for the country’s 135th place. Scaife could or should take a look at LT in 2020 and, in the worst case, be the starting RT for the duration of his career.

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John Campbell Jr – Has made 2 starts and played in 11 games as the 6th man from Canes on the line. Looked exaggerated at RT against Florida, but seemed to be getting used to the guard over the course of the season. He has to clean up his technology and build up the much-needed power in the off-season.

Kai-Leon Herbert – He played a few times in the regular season finale against Duke and looked lost and outdone. Must improve a lot or just become a squad.

Zalon’Tae Hillery – Similar to Herbert, Hillery did not look like an ACC lineman in his limited action. 2020 could be a year of choice for the former 3-star recruit.

Ousman Traore. Zach Dykstra. Tommy Kennedy and Adam ElGammal Either the rotation couldn’t be cracked, or they were turned inside out in the 2019 season. Kennedy was a big disappointment after a lot of fanfare during his engagement. Traore and ElGammal were on the training team and Dykstra doesn’t seem to be good enough to play at this level. Miami needs to improve recruitment and prevent such people from taking a seat on the squad when they can’t contribute.

Newcomers Jalen Rivers and Chris Washington are guests in Miami, and in 2019 alone, both children should have a chance to play early. In my opinion, Miami has to add at least 2 transfers from the portal and remove part of its own weight from the list. Rhett Lashlee and the new offensive coach Garin Justice will stop working in 2020 as they will train SOTU’s worst unit in 2019.

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    DJ Scaife

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    Navaughn Donaldson

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    Corey Gaynor

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    Jakai Clark

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