The Hurricanes boosted their defense in a big way on Saturday.
Defensive end transfers David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Ufomba Kamalu (Butler Community College in Kansas), and tackle Justin Renfrow (Virginia) officially were cleared to join the team. They all attended practice.
Gilbert, a 6-4, 247-pounder from Coral Springs, had 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks last season. He said he wouldn’t return to Wisconsin in 2013 because of recurring injuries in his right foot, but is giving it another go.
Kamalu, 6-6 and 285, signed with UM in February. As a sophomore last season, he had 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Renfrow had 11 tackles last season in 12 games for UVA.
The Canes will have their first closed scrimmage of the fall Sunday afternoon at Greentree Field.
“A lot of jobs are on the line,” Golden said. “This time next week our team will be set. …Six days left to basically establish whether or not you’re going to be coming out of the smoke that first game.”
Defensive lineman Dyron Dye (Achilles’ tendon) is “still injured and getting rehab,” Golden said. Freshman offensive lineman Hunter Knighton has not been practicing and has his right arm in a sling.