Denzel Perryman Ready to Lead Miami Hurricanes Defense in 2013

By Tyler Brett
Greg M. Cooper – USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes are looking to regain their form on the football field in 2012 after taking two years of self-imposed sanctions. Al Golden has led the Canes through a tumultuous NCAA investigation and is strengthening the program to return it to the top of the ACC. With Denzel Perryman at middle linebacker in 2013, Miami’s defense is ready to lead the charge.

Perryman has been a standout over the last two seasons, though he has struggled to stay on the field due to injuries last year. During his freshman season in 2011, he appeared in 12 games and started five and made 68 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss with a pair of forced fumbles. Last season, he played in just nine games, starting six, because of an ankle injury, but still finished second on the team with 64 tackles including six for loss and an interception returned for a touchdown.

This season, Perryman’s goal is stay healthy all season long. If he can, he should make a huge impact at middle linebacker for the Canes. His strength and playmaking ability make him a consistent presence in opposing offensive backfields and has shown the ability to be a tackling machine. When he’s on the field, he could be counted among the ACC’s best linebackers.

Miami has an excellent opportunity to take control of the ACC Coastal Division with a wide open race for the spot in the ACC Championship game. Perryman has the strength and ability to be a dominant force in the middle of the defense and lead Miami to a successful 2013.

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