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Miami Player Profile: Ufomba Kamalu

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

Ufomba Kamalu

Junior - DE- 6'6 285 - Fayetteville, GA (Butler, CC)

Kamalu made his 'Canes debut as a sophomore last season, and racked up 3.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL, and 13 total tackles in 9 games.

Came to UM as a 3 star JUCO prospect after spending one season in the JUCO ranks.

Put on 10 pounds during the off season and has been singled out by the coaching staff as one of the most improved players on the team after an impressive spring.

Listed on the post spring depth chart as a co-starter along with Senior Anthony Chickillo.

Summary:  When Kamalu came to Miami last season, he was looked at as more of a depth player.  But through hard work and improvement, he has established himself as one of the 'Canes front line defensive players. This is a guy who plays with a very high motor and is adept at getting in the opposing offense's back field.  In many ways his game is extremely similar to that of Chickillo's.  But like Chick and the rest of the D line, Kamalu must show that he can consistently hold up on the line of scrimmage against the run, and more frequently get the QB and third and long. While the Hurricanes may have more highly touted pieces on the D, this is a guy who could end up being a very underrated performer and a key cog if the defense finally turns the corner and improves as much as 'Canes fans hope in 2014.