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Miami Hurricanes settle on offensive line starters

Sunny Odogwu, center, shown working during a drill in summer practices, will be the starting right tackle for the Hurricanes.
Sunny Odogwu, center, shown working during a drill in summer practices, will be the starting right tackle for the Hurricanes. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The musical chairs played among the University of Miami’s most examined position group apparently has come to a halt — at least for now.

Miami Hurricanes offensive line coach Art Kehoe disclosed his five starting linemen to Joe Rose on WQAM 560 radio Monday morning, the Canes’ day off.

“Right now it looks like Trevor Darling at left tackle,” Kehoe said, “Alex Gall at left guard, Nick Linder at center, Danny Isidora at right guard and Sunny Odogwu at right tackle.

“But we’re going to play [tackle] Kc McDermott a bunch, and [center] Hunter Knighton and [guard] Joe Brown have really come on, and [guard] Hunter Wells. We’ve built some strong depth there, and that’s been the case at a lot of positions on our team.”

The depth chart that was expected Monday on the heels of Saturday’s final preseason scrimmage never came. For now, it’s unknown when and if it will be released.

The five first-team offensive linemen have a combined 22 starts, with Odogwu and Gall never having started.

Darling, a 6-5, 318-pound sophomore out of Miami Central High, started the last five games at right tackle.

Linder, a 6-3, 300-pound sophomore out of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas and the younger brother of former Hurricane and current NFL lineman Brandon Linder, started four games last season at left guard.

Isidora, a 6-4, 322-pound fourth-year junior out of Weston Cypress Bay, started all 13 games at right guard.

The offensive line news was not a big surprise, although 6-6, 315-pound sophomore Kc McDermott, an Under Armour All-American and four-star recruit out of Palm Beach Central High, was initially regarded as a favorite to win one of the tackle spots.

McDermott, the younger brother of graduated starting center Shane McDermott, was overcoming a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee sustained Sept. 27 against Duke.

Odogwu, listed as 6-8 and 322 pounds, is a Nigerian who didn’t play football until his senior year of high school. He saw action in nine games last year in a reserve role and struggled with penalties and sometimes controlling his emotions. Teammates and coaches say he has improved greatly.

Gall, 6-5 and 310 pounds, is from Mason, Ohio. He played in five games last season and 11 his freshman year, mostly on special teams.

“Our group is really, really jelling,’’ Kehoe said. “They understand what coach [Al] Golden has been reinforcing since January — that we’re going to have a deep team, that we’re going to have competition, and we’re going to get to know each other.

“I hate to sound like old school, but I love this team that we’re coaching, and I can’t wait to play a game.”

CROW TO RETURN

Hurricanes redshirt junior quarterback Gray Crow, who, according to a source, was told not to report to fall camp and as late as Sunday that he would not be participating in the upcoming fall practice or schedule, was then told Monday evening by a UM assistant that a spot was available and he could practice.

Crow, 21, is still attending Miami on an athletic scholarship and has continued to be listed on the roster.

A three-star prospect out of Clearwater Countryside when he came to UM in January 2012, Crow was moved to fullback/H-back last season but was moved back to quarterback when Kevin Olsen was dismissed.

Crow, 6-3 and 224 pounds, played in two games his redshirt freshman season, completing 6 of 8 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against Savannah State.

In the most recent spring game, Crow led one long drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown pass to walk-on Clayton Turner.

He is expected to graduate in December and then take the LSAT and apply to law school.

▪ The Hurricanes resume practice at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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