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Miami Hurricanes’ Jon Feliciano comes full circle at right tackle

Hurricanes offensive lineman Jon Feliciano, a 6-5, 316-pound senior, has played tackle, guard, tackle again, guard again and finally tackle during his career at Miami. He’s pretty sure right tackle will be where he starts the rest of the season, given the relatively recent knee injuries of former starter Taylor Gadbois and his backup, freshman Kc McDermott.

The last time he played in Blacksburg, when he was a redshirt freshman in 2011, Feliciano said he started at right tackle and Lane Stadium was so loud that he committed two false starts.

“This is coming around full circle for me,” he said earlier this week of the challenge the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2 ACC) will face Thursday night at Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2).

Despite the crowd decibels, Feliciano said he has no worries about freshman left guard Nick Linder, who moved into his starting spot when Feliciano replaced Gadbois.

“I already told Nick — I was messing with him — and I was like, ‘Nick, you can’t do as bad as I did my freshman year when I was there. You’re not going to false start twice.’”

“It’s a great atmosphere, where you want to play college football,” Feliciano said of Lane. “It’s going to be fun playing in front of that big crowd.

“It’ll be pretty cool having the whole nation watch us, but I don’t really care when we play. I just want to win. This is a huge game for us.”

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