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Miami Football 2015 Player Profile: Kc McDermott

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 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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Kc McDermott

Sophomore - OT - 6'6 315 - Wellington, Fl (Palm Beach Central H.S.)

Saw action in just a handful of games before injury ended his freshman season.

Came to UM rated as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country (4th best OT by ESPN) by every major recruiting service.

Has the skills and intelligence to emerge as a team leader.

McDermott appeared to be healthy this Spring and playing with attitude.

Summary:  Coming into the fall, will be competing mostly with JUCO transfer Jahair Jones and holdover Taylor Gadbois for the two starting tackle spots.  McDermott could very well be the favorite to replace NFL 1st round draft pick Ereck Flowers for the LT spot.  Unlike Flowers, Kc will need to be very solid in his technique, and not depend primarily on physical prowess.  There is a reason that Flowers was so highly touted coming out of H.S. but few can match Flowers in pure strength and athleticism as a OL, so McDermott will need to be sharp in his footwork and with his hands. McDermott's quick development could be one of the most important things to watch this fall. Brad Kaaya's backside needs to be protected, and holes need to be opened for Gus Edwards, Joe Yearby, and Mark Walton.  McDermott  has more than enough talent and smarts to step in and be a big time player.  However if he starts out slow or isn't healthy, it could result in serious consequences for the UM offense.