Senior - LB - 6'1 235 - Stone Mountain, Ga.
Easily had his best season as a Hurricane last year with 54 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2 INTs, and 2 forced fumbles.
Started all 14 games at OLB last season, but is battling Juwon Young for the starting ILB job this season.
Among his strengths is dropping back in coverage, and getting his hands on the ball:
Raphael Kirby and Dallas Crawford team up for a pass breakup pic.twitter.com/vbW7XFq6Xn— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) March 28, 2015
But if he is the starting MLB, can he do more of this?
Summary: Kirby is definitely one of UM's best returning defenders. My hunch is that the larger-framed Juwon Young wins the inside LB job and Kirby stays at his more natural OLB spot. He really does an excellent job of getting back into passing lanes. He's a solid tackler as well. And is pretty sturdy at the point of attack, although on occasion he takes bad angles and misses tackles. Nitpicking aside, Miami really needs Kirby to be a big time play maker and a leader in 2015. Anything less than 60-80 tackles, 3-4 turnovers forced, and general solid play at the point of attack would be very disappointing. If he starts at MLB, he may need to do even more than that.
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