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Miami Hurricanes 2019 Player Preview: Jonathan Garvin

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What will the Junior edge rusher do as an encore to a great sophomore season?

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

When Jonathan Garvin came to Miami from the class of 2017, his signing filled several needs. He was a top 300 player and one of the best defensive ends in the nation. He came from Lake Worth, fulfilling the Hurricanes’ desire to getting back to dominating the state of Miami. And as a 4-star recruit, he was one of the best players that the Mark Richt-led Canes recruited from the 2017 class.

Garvin flashed as a freshman, utilized as a rotational pass rusher for Manny Diaz’s deep defensive end group. After his first year saw him accrue 3 TFLs and 2 sacks, big things were expected for Garvin in 2018, with starter Chad Thomas graduating.

The 6’4,” 255-pound defensive end lived up the hype and more, asserting himself as a dominant force in setting the edge and rushing the passer. Garvin destroyed opposing offensive tackles all season in ‘18, racking up 17 TFLs and 5.5 sacks to rack second on the team in both categories.

2019 Outlook

Garvin went from rotation, to starter and now this season, will be Miami’s best defensive end that was with the team last season. He will have an excellent tag-team partner in Virginia Tech transfer Trevon Hill and they could even be a better duo than Joe Jackson and Garvin were last season.

The Junior will also have some NFL attention and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see him bolt for the league if he has a second straight season of dominance. Could the Hill and Garvin tandem be top 50 picks? That remains to be seen - but if Garvin has the year many expect, and Hill picks up where he left off, Miami would have two of the best pass rushers in the entire nation, lining up next to each other. If all goes according to plan expect Garvin to have similar TFL numbers as last season, maybe in the 18-20 range, but get closer to 8-10 sacks.