Miami Player Profile: Shane McDermott

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

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.

Shane McDermott

Senior - 6'4 296 - Lake Worth, Fl

Comes into his senior season with major experience, including 23 career starts. Also was named 3rd team ALL ACC last season as a Junior.

Played well last year, but perhaps not up to his full capability due to a left foot injury he suffered early in the season. Had off season surgery to correct the injury and missed spring practice as a result.

If 100% healthy has the strength and athletic ability to anchor a very good offensive line unit and perhaps become the second ever UM player (Brett Romberg, 2002) to win the Rimington Trophy as the Nation's Best Center. Has come a long way from  physical, mental, and technique standpoints from where he started as a 265 pound RS freshman.

Summary: McDermott is a sound, steady, and underrated performer. You rarely see him get beat, be it running plays or in pass protection. When he is truly on his game, he also does a good job getting to the second level and taking out LBs on runs or screens. With UM breaking in two new offensive line starters (likely Danny Isidora and Taylor Gadbois) his experience will come in handy with line calls and communication amongst the group in general. Is also the older brother of 5 star freshman OT KC McDermott, and will likely spend some time helping bring KC up to speed.

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