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Quarterbacks take note: The Miami Hurricanes' pass rush just got significantly better in one swoop.

Quarterbacks take note: UM's pass-rush, which basically didn't exist last season, just got a huge boost.

After waiting for what everyone figured would happen, but hadn't happened, the expected came through for the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Canes announced that defensive end transfers David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Ufomba Kamalu (Butler CC), and defensive tackle Justin Renfrow (Virginia) were all on the field officially as UM football players.

Gilbert and Kamalu have proven their prowess, and should give a huge boost to the defensive line.

Gilbert, a 6-4, 247-pound 2012 honorable mention All-Big Ten lineman from Coral Springs, had 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss and four sacks in 14 games (13 starts) as a redshirt junior last season. He started 17 of his last 18 games for the Badgers. He graduated from Wisconsin, but still had a year left of eligibility. He announced in April that he wouldn't return to Wisconsin for his final season in 2013 because of recurring injuries in his right foot.

In 42 career games with the Badgers, Gilbert had 79 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks.

Kamalu, of Fayetteville, Ga., signed with UM in February out of Butler in Kansas. Last season as a sophomore he had 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He has two years of eligibility left.

UM coach Al Golden said on signing day that he was excited about Kamalu. Golden said he needed someone with "a little more maturity so we went to Butler Community College to get Ufomba.''

Kamalu is listed as 6-6, 285 pounds and wears No. 90. He was a rivals.com two-star prospect who is supposed to be a very powerful player with a lot of energy -- but needs some molding and coaching. Like offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu, he was born in Nigeria.

Renfrow has one year of eligibility remaining. He appeared in all 12 games for UVA last season, with 11 tackles. He played in six games as a redshirt sophomore in 2011 and in four games as a redshirt freshman.

Renfrow will be wearing jersey No. 78 and Gilbert, No. 11 (same number he wore at Wisconsin).

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

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