COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Brandon McGee #21 of the Miami Hurricanes tackles wide receiver Kevin Dorsey #12 of the Maryland Terrapins after catching a pass during the second half at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. Maryland won 32-24. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Miami's depth chart is not settled. It may never be settled. Here is how things look heading into tomorrow night's game versus Ohio State.
Jacory Harris will start. We will likely find out very early into the game whether or not this is the right decision. Stephen Morris was very impressive against Maryland, but all indications are that Harris rightfully won the job this off-season.
Allen Hurns, who was also impressive against Maryland, keeps his starting job. Travis Benjamin replaces LaRon Byrd, although obviously playing time for receivers is very fluid. In any event, it shows how highly regarded Hurns is that he beat out both Byrd and Tommy Streeter.
No changes expected here, although Blake Ayles is out for the season due to a concussion. It's the third of his career, and I expect that it's up in the air whether or not he'll ever play football again. Otherwise, we'll see the same rotation of John Calhoun, Asante Cleveland, Chase Ford and Clive Walford that we saw in the Maryland game. Theoretically one of these guys will eventually separate himself from the others, but we'll see.
Let's jump for the rest of the depth chart.
Either Al Golden has no idea what to make of his offensive tackles, or he's trolling them. Both Joel Figueroa and Brandon Washington played surprisingly well against Maryland, but according to Golden, it's possible that Washington will start against Ohio State at left tackle and never before seen redshirt freshman Jonathon Feliciano will start at right tackle. The only explanation for this would be an injury to Figueroa, and UM is always coy about injuries, so we'll see.
Interior offensive line
Andrew Smith played well against Maryland, and he'll retain his starting job. Golden said that he has yet to decide who, between Adewale Ojomo and Anthony Chickillo, will start at the other defensive line spot. Chickillo played against Maryland though he didn't make much of a tangible impact, and it would be very surprising to see Golden— who has opted for experience in most position battles— not choose Ojomo.
Marcus Forston is back and in the starting line up. Micanor Regis will start next to him, but Jalen Grimble, Olsen Pierre and Darius Smith will all play, with Smith likely seeing the most playing time.
Sean Spence is back, and he will start at outside linebacker. Ramon Buchanan retains his spot on the first team opposite Spence, with Jimmy Gaines sliding into the middle. Miami's freshmen linebackers (Gionni Paul and Denzel Perryman) saw substantial time against Maryland, but I expect we'll see a lot less of them with Spence back and the other two positions pretty much settled.
Does it really matter? Mike Williams, who looked positively Van Dyke-ian in all the wrong ways, gets the start. Opposite him is Brandon McGee, who happened to get burned on a crucial 52-yard reception despite being perhaps the fastest player on the entire team. Thomas Finne and Lee Chambers will back them up, but I'm not convinced that they aren't the best options outright.
No changes here: Both JoJo Nicolas and Vaughn Telemaque will start, although we may see more of Thomas Finnie at safety and Nicolas at corner if Miami's other corners look as bad as they did versus Maryland.