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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: Al-Quadin Muhammad

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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Al-Quadin Muhammad

DE - 6'4 250 RS Junior - Irvington, NJ

2015 Key Stats:  54 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 5 sacks.

Former US Army All-American who had a very decorated career at power house program Don Bosco Prep.

Explosive athlete with power and speed to burn, already drawing the attention of NFL Scouts:

Athletic enough to cover TE's and RB's out in space as well, although we should see a lot less of that in 2016.

Could be poised for a huge season this year as a pass rusher:

Bottom line, as the video below touches upon, there is no reason for him not to be a superstar in Manny Diaz' new attacking scheme:

Summary:  It's amazing to me that Quan Muhammad only has 7 career sacks, although he did miss all of 2014 for off the field issues. Double digit sacks for 2016 are not only a possibility, but should be the expectation. If fairness to AQM, appeared to have been held a lot last season and did not get the benefit of the calls. Has every tool imaginable to be an elite DE, both against the run and in pass rushing situations. This kid is virtually impossible to block in 1 on 1 situations. He can beat offensive linemen around the edge, bull rush them, and plays with a very high motor.  Did have a minor knee surgery this off season, but all reports are he should be 100% ready to go this fall. Overall, one of the best returning players on either side of the ball for the 'Canes.  If Miami is to rise back to prominence this season, and beat the likes of Notre Dame and FSU, they need Muhammad to play at an All-Conference if not All-American type level. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, it is well within his capability.  If all goes to plan, he will also be a very high pick in the one of the next two NFL Drafts.