Jonathan Garvin is the next big star defensive lineman at the University of Miami. Jess Simpson, the Hurricanes defensive line coach, has a potential first round pick to work with as the ‘Canes figure out their defensive tackle rotation in 2019. With all of Garvin’s potential, he can truly earn his ‘next big thing’ status against Wisconsin’s offensive line. The Badgers have the 13th ranked offense per the S&P+ and are driven by their running game.
Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor has amassed back-to-back 2,000+ yard seasons from scrimmage including 15 touchdowns in 2018. Taylor’s running lanes are provided by a number of potential NFL offensive linemen. Garvin will be lining up against NFL quality tackles in juniors David Edwards and Jon Dietzen. Both are projected as 3rd or 4th round picks by the 2020 NFL Draft, if not in 2019’s edition.
Garvin, a former four-star prospect from Lake Worth Community High School, picked up a tackle as a freshman in last year’s Orange Bowl game against the Badgers. In 2018, he logged 54 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, five passes defensed and a touchdown making him one hell of a havoc player.
Without Gerald Willis on the inside Garvin can show off his ability against the run while trying to stop Thomas who ran for 130 yards in the Orange Bowl last season. He will be joined by Jon Ford, Tito Odenigbo and Pat Bethel inside with Scott Patchan and Joe Jackson on the other end.
Prediction: 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, .5 sacks