Fortunately for the Canes, there is plenty of star talent to go around and fill the gridiron with defensive prowess. With Gregory Rousseau gone (opt out), the defensive end responsibilities on the field for Miami will fall more heavily on a AAC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-AAC award winner Quincy Roche and Jaelan Phillips, a transfer from UCLA who was the highest-ranked signee in the nation in 2017.

Phillips is arguably the most physically gifted weapon on Miami’s defense. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, he will look to make a big impact for Miami in 2020 after sitting out last fall due to NCAA transfer rules.

Joining the two are a handful of established returners in senior defensive tackle Jon Ford and junior defensive tackle Nesta Jade Silvera. Ford, who started all 13 games for Miami last season, totaled 18 tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for loss, and three sacks, while Silvera is expected to make his first career start with Miami following the graduation of senior Pat Bethel.

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