Miami has reportedly added transfer Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert, who retired in April because of reoccurring foot injuries.
The Sun Sentinel reports Gilbert would be immediately eligible. Gilbert led all Badgers defensive linemen with 42 tackles last season. He also had 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, and forced three fumbles. But he has had a history of foot problems and missed spring practice, leading to his decision to walk away from the sport.
There obviously are questions about Gilbert, his foot and his ability to stay healthy. But if his foot is fine and he can be a contributor, this seems to be a big upgrade for a Hurricanes' defense that was woefully inadequate at rushing the passer a year ago. The potential is there for this to be a big addition.
In other Miami news, the school announced it had signed a home-and-home deal with Arkansas State. Miami will host Arkansas State in 2014 at a date to be determined, and Miami will make the return trip to Jonesboro, Ark., on Sept. 9, 2017.