With all the talk about University of Miami’s national phenom defensive end Greg Rousseau opting out of the season to eventually declare for the NFL Draft, there’s been plenty of talk about how the Canes’ defensive line will compensate.

The Hurricanes’ defensive tackles, who were heard from Tuesday on Zoom, are plenty confident about the line, which will have the nation’s former top recruit in Jaelan Phillips on one side and fellow star transfer (Temple) Quincy Roche on the other, with redshirt freshman end Jahfari Harvey expected to be a force in the rotation.

Nesta Jade Silvera, a 6-2, 305-pound junior tackle out of Plantation American Heritage, missed the first four games of 2019 after undergoing foot surgery, but is expected to make his first career start (in place of graduated senior Pat Bethel) in the Sept. 10 season home opener against Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). He has 32 tackles in two seasons, with a blocked punt and fumble recovery.

“We can be incredible this year,’’ Ford said, “just with the guys off the edge. Those guys, the poise they bring to practice every day — you know, everybody is sleeping on Jaelan Phillips, and he’s a great player. And he’s a big body. He can run, move.
-Jon Ford, Miami Defensive Lineman

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