Spring workouts go a long way in helping a team improve for the upcoming regular season. For Miami, that’s certainly the case as the staff continues to tweak the roster in order to get the best performance out of every player.
With that said, Richt and his staff have seen some things they haven’t liked from the offensive line as a whole, so they’ve made a shift in personnel among the front five. It’s a move doesn’t seem like a temporary one:
Sophomore-to-be Navaughn Donaldson, who started 10 games at right guard last season and was an All-ACC honorable mention, moved outside to right tackle Tuesday. Richt indicated Wednesday there’s a good chance Donaldson doesn’t move back.
Richt said he believes the move will make the Hurricanes more physical up front and will allow the Hurricanes to utilize their most experienced offensive linemen in the best way possible.
Despite Malik Rosier’s strong statistical season in 2017 – 3,120 yards and 26 touchdowns – he also ended up on the ground quite often, being sacked 27 times. Part of that may have been due to his dual-threat tendencies, but a stout offensive line should cut that number down – no matter who is starting.
In the end, time will tell whether Richt has pulled the right strings to get this unit playing at a high level.