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Miami Hurricanes 2016 Freshman Profile: Patrick Bethel

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Freshman Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's newcomers for 2016. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

Patrick Bethel

DE - 6'3 249 Freshman - Vero Beach, Fl

Legacy player (son of former TE Randy Bethel) who has been on campus since January.

Is also already drawing comparisons to another former 'Cane DE:

Should be a solid fit however, in Manny Diaz attacking scheme, and could develop into a monster player under D Line Coach Craig Kuligowski.

Already uses his hands well, shows good burst off the edge, and can overpower some O lineman with his bull rush.

Summary: Bethel has a lot of very good tools to work with.  I'd actually like to see him get a touch more lean as he naturally develops into a bigger, stronger player.  He's pretty polished moves wise, but not quite as fluid athletically on film as say an AQM or Chad Thomas at this stage of their careers.  That however could be a bit nit picky.  The kid is definitely a player to watch down the line. I'm thinking in 2016 he may RS and/or take some time to see burn.  Muhammad, Thomas, and potential break out  player Demetrius Jackson lead UM on one of the deepest positions on the team.  Bethel will be competing with the likes of sophomore Scott Patchan and fellow freshman Joseph Jackson (more on him soon) for PT.  So barring injuries, I'd expect Bethel to be a depth player at best this season. That is not a bad thing though.  It's a wonderful luxury to have a 4 star type player sit and learn and develop physically for a year.  In time, Bethel has an opportunity to be a very effective 3 down player, maybe even a star. And if he does see the field in 2016, I think he's already good enough to hold his own.