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Miami Player Profile: Olsen Pierre

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.

Joel Auerbach

Olsen Pierre

Senior - DT -  6'5 305 - Rahway, NJ

Pierre comes into 2014 with 23 career starts, 64 tackles in 3 years, and 2.5 sacks.

Amongst UM's most disappointing facets the past two years, has been the play of the interior defensive line. Despite this Pierre has had some nice moments.  Did register a game sealing sack Vs Logan Thomas and VT two years back, and even blocked a kick this past year against UVA.

During his junior season, Pierre was responsible for 5 tackles for loss as well.  Not a bad number for a DT.

Will likely split time with fellow incumbents Corey King and Jelani Hamilton, as well as JUCO transfers Calvin Heurtelou and Michael Wyche.

Summary:  'Canes fans often pine for the days of Warren Sapp, Cortez Kennedy, and Jerome Brown. #91 is not going to make Miami faithful forget those names anytime soon. But he can be a solid contributor and help improve the defense if he can maintain his gaps and occasionally get some penetration. Both tasks are within his capabilities. Don't look for huge numbers, instead measure the value of Pierre by how often his presence allows for Denzel Perryman and the LBs to come up and make stops for 3 yards or less.  If he can not provide a solid anchor in the middle, look for freshmen Courtel Jenkins and Anthony Moten to see the field sooner than later.