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Miami Football 2015 Player Profile: Tyriq McCord

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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Tyriq McCord

Senior - LB - 6'3 236 - Tampa, Fl (Jefferson H.S.)

Heading into his senior season with 10.5 career sacks (3 last year), 14 TFL, 3 INT, and 76 total tackles.

Also had a pick 6 last season.

Former 4 star prospect.

Runs in the 4.6-4.7 40 range.

Played a lot of 3-4 DE and pass rushing OLB through his first 3 years, but is expected to play primarily OLB this coming season.

Summary:  Though his numbers aren't off the charts, McCord has made some HUGE plays in his three seasons in Coral Gables (as illustrated above).  Most of his damage has come from a three point stance, but he is athletic enough to make plays standing up.  And although he is now listed as a full time LB, he should still get plenty of chances to rush the passer in 2015. How good of a season he has (not to mention how much attention he draws from NFL Scouts) will depend on how well he plays standing, both against the run and in coverage. Miami's defense needs play makers. McCord's ability to get to the opposing team's QB makes him very valuable to the 'Canes. If their D is to get to the next level he needs to put up at least 6-8 sacks, as well as play solid against the run. With UM's precariously thin depth at the LB position, he also needs to stay healthy.

Stay tuned for more player profiles from SOTU as we count down to kick off.