Played in six contests, earning starts in the final three games of the season ... Finished the year with 18 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss ... Also recorded 1.5 sacks ... Had his best game of the year against Florida State, finishing with a season-high five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Recovered a fumble against Duke.
Played in all 13 games, starting 11 ... Second on the team, and 11th in the ACC with 6.0 sacks ... Fourth on the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 ... Had a team season-high 3.5 sacks in the season opener against Florida A&M ... Also recorded a season-highseven tackles against the Rattlers.
Played in 11 games, garnering two starts first at Virginia Tech and against Wisconsin ... One of three true freshmen (along with FB Mike James and CB Brandon McGee) to play in double-digit games for the Hurricanes ... Ranked third among UM defensive linemen with 25 total tackles ... Tallied 12 total tackles in UM's first three games (at FSU, vs. Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech) ... Recorded 5.0 tackles for a loss, including three in win over eventual ACC Champion Georgia Tech ... Also had a half a sack against the Yellow Jackets ... Had two quarterback hurries against Duke in UM's home finale ... Tallied five total tackles in the Hurricanes' regular season finale at USF ... Also had a career-high four solo tackles against Wisconsin in Champs Sports Bowl.
Enrolled in January ... No. 9 best defensive end prospect according to Scout.com and Rivals.com and No. 16 defensive end by ESPN.com ... As a sophomore, picked up 42 tackles and seven sacks, and as a junior recorded 52 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 21 tackles for losses and three fumble recoveries ... Named to the Mobile Super Southeast 120.
- A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/72 - Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-2, 261, Miami...This well-built, quick twitch edge pass rusher reminded the scouts a lot of Cameron Wake, whom the Dolphins discovered in the CFL. He had an average career from a production standout, but the film showed he's a solid player. Ireland specifically liked the way he set the edge on running plays. COULD SURPRISE: Defensive end Olivier Vernon: His production at Miami is underwhelming considering he only contributed 82 career tackles and nine sacks before declaring for the draft after his suspension-shortened junior season. But his athleticism, strength and speed measurables were off the charts, and won Ireland and his scouts over during a workout. The Dolphins envision Vernon immediately filling Jason Taylor's old role as a situational pass rusher in the nickel package. - The Sports Xchange
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