Just a day after a dominant 70-3 opening Saturday win over Florida A&M, the Miami Hurricanes got news that linebacker Jamie Gordinier will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a knee injury sustained during the game.
Miami announces that linebacker Jamie Gordinier is out for the season with a knee injury.
— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) September 5, 2016
Serving as the team’s back-up Will linebacker, Gordinier was entering his redshirt freshman season in Coral Gables. He lost out the starting spot to true freshman Michael Pinckney (Miami starts three true freshman linebackers). The new back-up will presumably be junior linebacker Darrion Owens.
Recruited as a three-star defensive end out of Red Bank, New Jersey, Gordinier was only 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, so the Hurricanes quickly transitioned him to the linebacker position where his metrics fit the bill. Having racked up 117 tackles as a senior, Gordinier had a slew of collegiate offers waiting for him.
Primarily recruited by Big Ten and ACC schools, he was offered by: Michigan State, Nebraska, Maryland, Duke and hometown Rutgers. He would red-shirt in what would be head coach Al Golden’s final season at the helm in 2015.
In head coach Mark Richt’s first season taking over his alma mater, the Hurricanes play a cupcake non-conference schedule, but draw a road matchup with the pre-season ranked No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Things set up favorably for a potential Hurricanes ACC Championship run as they get Florida State, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh all at home in Coral Gables.
The youth and depth of the defense will be a key determining factor and losing contributors like Gordinier on Week 1 will hurt Miami down the stretch.