Miami Player Profile: Anthony Chickillo

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile two players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

Anthony Chickillo

Senior - DE - 6'4 275 - Tampa, Fl

Comes into his final season at UM with 34 career consecutive starts, 12.5 sacks, and 129 tackles.

Chick has not yet emerged as the dominant force many expected coming out of H.S. as a 5 star prospect. But he is a solid, maximum effort guy, and a leader on the defense.

He's usually stout at the point of attack (something Miami's defense needs more  consistency with) and with his 4.8 40 speed he can pursue from the backside.

As a pass rusher he does not often beat his man with sheer power or speed, but he never gives up on his rush and often finds the QB simply by never giving up on a play.

Highlights (Greg Dixon):

Summary: Chickillo needs a big senior campaign in order to get noticed at the next level, as well as for UM's defense to make the improvement so many fans are hoping for.  He's been a good, steady player. Hopefully some of Miami's other players up front are good enough now that it shows more often. As a pass rusher, do not expect huge numbers as he often slides inside on 3rd and longs with the 'Canes putting Al-Quadin Muhammad, Tyriq McCord, and incoming frosh Chad Thomas on the edge. 5-6 sacks and 7+ tackles for loss would be a welcomed site from #71.  But more importantly if the defensive unit improves a whole, Chick will be a key part of it as a 3 down player.

Stay tuned for more player profiles as we countdown to Louisville on Labor Day.

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