A report by the Athletic’s Bruce Feldman on Twitter stated that the Miami football program is set to hire Tampa Bay Buccaneers Assistant Offensive Line Coach Butch Barry as the Hurricanes Offensive Line Coach.
Butch Barry has spent the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their Assistant Offensive Line Coach. Barry previously Coached Tight Ends and the Offensive Line at his Alma Mater Central Michigan under the Miami football program’s recently hired Offensive Coordinator Dan Enos.
Barry helped the Tampa Bay Offensive Line finish 20th in the NFL Power Rankings this season according to Pro Football Focus. He tutored Buccaneers left guard Ali Marpet to become the fourth-rated player at his position in 2018.
Barry has one season of experience as an Offensive Coordinator at Division II North Greenville College in South Carolina. North Greenville was tenth nationally in sacks allowed with nine in ten games under Barry as the OC and Offensive Line Coach in 2009.
The Buccaneers offense was in the top ten in yards in three of the four seasons that Barry was on the staff with Tampa Bay. Tampa’s offensive line finished 17th in the NFL this season protecting the passer. They allowed 17 sacks. The offensive line for Miami is in need of a significant upgrade.
SOURCE: Tampa Bay Bucs assistant OC coach Butch Barry is expected to become the new O-line coach at #Miami. He will assist #Canes new OC Dan Enos, trying to get the UM offense cranked back up again. Barry spent 5 years at Central Michigan & worked for Enos there. https://t.co/3tozXY13nE
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 11, 2019
The Miami football team’s offensive line finished 59th in the country allowing 27 sacks and 57th giving up 2.08 sacks per game. Miami’s offensive line was much better blocking for the run. The other major measure of success for an offensive line is rushing yards per carry. The Hurricanes finished 24th at 5.2 YPC.
The Miami offensive line will have to replace three starters for next season. Left tackle Tyree St. Louis started every game last season. center Tyler Gauthier did the same except for being suspended for the Pinstripe Bowl loss to Wisconsin and left guard Venzell Boulware started the final six games of 2018.
Gauthier and St. Louis were Seniors, Boulware was a Graduate Transfer with one more season of eligibility remaining who chose to declare for the NFL Draft. Hayden Mahoney who started in Gauthier’s place at Center in the Pinstripe Bowl returns for his Senior season.
Miami also returns starters in right tackle D.J. Scaife and right guard Navaughn Donaldson. Butler Graduate Transfer Tommy Kennedy will be the starting left tackle in 2019. Mahoney and Corey Gaynor both start. One will be at center and the other at left guard. Mahoney likely had the inside track at center after starting vs. Wisconsin.