The Hurricanes have not been able to stop the run at all this season. They are one of the worst teams in all of Division 1 football, statistically, defending the run.
On Thursday the University announced that sophomore defensive tackle Curtis Porter will miss the rest of the season after surgery.
The Hurricanes went into fall camp a little short on depth at the defensive tackle position. Before the season even started Porter and Luther Robinson went down with injuries and haven't played a single down this season. Marcus Forston missed the Maryland game due to suspension.
Forston returned for the Ohio State game but the Canes were still playing a pair of undersized freshmen -- Jalen Grimble and Olsen Pierre -- more than they would like to this early in the season.
Porter was expected back soon but we learned today that won't happen at all this season. Getting Robinson back from injury will help but he and Grimble won't play Saturday because of injuries.
Miami's defensive tackle play this season has been poor. They haven't been able to make plays, they haven't been able to engage blockers to free up linebackers. And they've often been pushed around. Porter's return was supposed to help in all of those areas, especially since he'd give the Canes another 350+ pounder inside.
Forston and Regis remain the starters. Darius Smith and Robinson (when he returns) will serve as the primary backups. Pierre and Grimble will continue getting worked in too. True freshman Junior Alexis is expected to redshirt this season.
Porter's career is starting to shape up as a disappointment due to injuries. He came to Miami as a heavily recruited player from the state of North Carolina, and played in eight games as a true freshman in 2009. He played in just one game in 2010 before getting injured for the season. He will enter spring football in 2011 as a fourth year junior.