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Manny Diaz On Hurricanes Defensive Tackles: "They Know It's Their Time To Shine"

Alex Donno
June 26, 2018 - 12:33 pm

One of the biggest question marks for the 2018 Miami Hurricanes will be the defensive tackle rotation. Miami lost their two starters from last season, Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh, to the NFL draft. Both left as juniors. 

Their departures will likely leave the starting duties to the less experienced duo of Gerald Willis and Patrick Bethel. True freshman Nesta Silvera, sophomore Jon Ford and graduate transfer Tito Odenigbo will also see snaps. 

Is this group ready to lead the trenches of a team looking to contend for a College Football Playoff spot? Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz joined The Joe Rose Show on Tuesday to discuss his D-tackles. 

“That’s the nature of college football," said Diaz, on losing Norton and McIntosh a year early to the draft. "You’re very rarely just going to bring back everyone. Certainly those guys we lost were really good players. But the guys behind them know now it’s their time to shine. We have some newcomers, and they’ve been able to work with (defensive line) Coach (Jess) Simpson and learn the ins and outs of the scheme. But, that’s life. That’s ball. We get to go play LSU first, and they lost running backs, receivers, and quarterbacks. That’s what makes these early games to fascinating.”

Miami will face LSU on September 2nd from AT&T Stadium in Dallas. 

You can listen to the full interview with Manny Diaz on The Joe Rose Show podcast. Tune in weekdays from 6-10am on 560 WQAM.