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Miami Player Profile: Jon Feliciano

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.

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Jon Feliciano

SR - OL - 6'5 320 - Davie, FL (Western H.S.)

Feliciano is once again slated to start at guard, but has shown the versatility to slide to tackle over the course of his career when needed.  Has made 33 career starts entering his senior campaign and is a 2 time honorable mention ALL ACC Performer.

It's been well documented that UM will be starting a new QB this season, and O line play is going to be at a premium.   Along with Ereck Flowers and Shane McDermott, Feliciano is clearly among the 'Canes best and most experienced players up front.

He considered leaving early to head to the NFL after his junior season, but decided to come back to clean up his technique, and help the UM program get back to an elite level.

"I am coming back to Miami because I believe in what Coach Golden, the staff and our team are doing here, I think the program is rising at an all-time pace. With all the NCAA stuff behind us, we can come into a season without anything hanging over our heads."  - Jon Feliciano 1/10/14

He is a pure mauler as a run blocker and surprisingly agile in getting to the second level,  with subtle improvement Feliciano definitely has a future at the next level.

But for now, the 'Canes big man is focused on providing his usual solid play and being a leader.

"I think Jon and Ereck have been working hard on their relationships with the other guys. So much of it is communication and being on the same page. Those guys are doing a great job. They're smart, but tough. They work hard, and they're gifted. They have the experience and they're using it. They, along with Shane, are the reasons that we're way more advanced than I thought we'd be in terms of mental mistakes. … I'm tickled to death with every one of them."   - Miami Offensive Line Coach Art Kehoe during spring practice

Summary: Feliciano's play, along with that of the O line is one of the most underrated story lines coming into 2014.  Miami is going to need to protect whomever is under center, and establish a strong, strong running game to be successful.  When you see Duke Johnson spring a long run or Stacy Coley take a bubble screen for a big gain, keep an eye out on who makes the key blocks.  More often then not #70 will be right there in the mix.

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