In major college football, age and experience matters at the line of scrimmage positions.
Having ‘grown men’ to handle the physical rigors of those positions can make an impact over the course of a regular season that can wear down linemen.
The extra years in a college level strength and conditioning program matter.
Those older players have also had the time to hone their technique and skills.
Through the NCAA transfer portal, Miami coach Mario Cristobal has improved UM’s experience on the defensive line by adding veteran players to beef up the overall talent and depth that can be rotated into games.
Miami has added four defensive linemen via the portal and all four players arrive at Miami with plenty of experience.
USC transfer Jake Lichtenstein (6-6, 275)) is a member of the 2017 recruiting class. During his injured career at USC, Lichtenstein played 745 defensive snaps. Most recently, he played 556 defensive snaps in 2021. He has totaled 42 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and four sacks in his college career.
During the month of spring football Lichtenstein was working with the first team at defensive tackle. He hopes to get up to the 290 pound range in order to be more stout on the interior.
UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie was a member of the 2017 recruiting class as well. He arrives at Miami with 1,213 defensive snaps of experience with about 50 percent of those snaps being split between defensive tackle and defensive end.
Moultrie (6-4, 270) was held out of action this spring as he recovered from an offseason shoulder procedure, but his versatility is expected to add depth to UM’s defensive line. Moultrie has totaled 116 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one interception.
UCLA transfer Mitchell Agude Ha? committed to Miami and will enroll at UM this summer. He arrives at UM with 816 defensive snaps of experience. Agude was a member of the 2017 recruiting class out of high school.
Agude has totaled 78 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks during his college career. At 6-feet-4 and 245 pounds, Agude will improve UM’s ability to apply pressure on quarterbacks off the edge. Agude led the Bruins with 38 quarterback pressures in 2021.
Recent West Virginia transfer Akheem Mesidor arrives at UM having played 851 defensive snaps and was a member of the 2020 recruiting class.
Mesidore is an impact transfer that can wreck a game from the defensive interior, having totaled 70 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Mesidor totaled 33 quarterback pressures in 2021.
Miami has added some serious experience and production on the defensive line over the past six months.
Between the four defensive line transfers, the Hurricanes have added 3,625 defensive snaps of experience on top of the Hurricanes that will return on the defensive line like Jahfari HarveyLeonard Taylor, Jared Harrison-HunteJordan Miller, and Chantz Williams.
Ten win teams at the Power Five level feature defensive lines that can roll eight to ten players without much of a drop-off. Cristobal has built that type of depth at Miami via the portal in his first offseason.