The Miami Hurricanes are looking to make a run at an ACC title in 2013, but they have an area of their team they would like to fix first. Last season, the Canes ranked No. 113 in college football with just 13 sacks. That’s a number that head coach Al Golden would like to see go way up next fall and thinks he has the perfect guy to help get that going in JUCO transfer linebacker Devante Bond.
Miami’s pass rush left plenty to be desired in 2012. Only seven players recorded a sack and just two of them finished with more than 1.5 sacks. The good news is that they get just about everyone back, including junior defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo who led the team with four sacks last year. But just getting all the guys who put together a lackluster pass rush wasn’t enough for Golden heading into 2013.
So he went out and recruited Bond from the junior college ranks. The JUCO standout is college-ready and will be ready to make an immediate impact next fall. He will act as hybrid defensive end/linebacker combo and use his athleticism to get after the quarterback from multiple angles. His skillset fills a major need for the Hurricanes’ defense in 2013 and could provide the spark they need to make a run at the Coastal Division title.
Their biggest concern over Bond, however, is whether he will be academically eligible in 2013. He is still currently working on getting through the admissions process to the university, which could be a sticky hurdle for both Bond and the football program. If Bond can’t get his eligibility cleared up, Miami will hope for improvement out of their returning players and an infusion of talent from Wisconsin Badgers transfer David Gilbert and incoming freshman and No. 7 defensive end recruit in the 2013 class Al-Quadin Muhammad.
If they had their way, however, they would get Bond into the mix and unleash him into opposing backfields. He is the biggest sure-thing Miami has in their pass-rush plans for 2013, but will he get the chance to shine for the U?