CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Defensive line transfers David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Justin Renfrow (Virginia) have joined the Miami Hurricanes football program, head coach Al Golden announced Saturday. Junior college transfer Ufomba Kamalu, who signed with Miami in February, was also fully cleared to participate in practice.
Gilbert and Renfrow each have one year of eligibility remaining and are eligible to play in 2013. Gilbert, Renfrow and Kamalu were all on the practice field Saturday for the first time as Miami Hurricanes.
Gilbert, a 2012 honorable mention All-Big Ten defensive lineman at Wisconsin, is slated to compete at the “rush” position for the 2013 Hurricanes defense. In April, Gilbert announced he would not return to the Wisconsin football team for the 2013 season due to recurring injuries in his right foot.
The 6-foot-4, 247-pound product from Coral Springs, Fla., recorded 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks in 14 games (13 starts) as a redshirt junior in 2012 for the Badgers, who lost in the Rose Bowl. His 2011 season was cut short after four games due to a season-ending foot injury. Over his final 18 games for the Badgers, Gilbert recorded 52 tackles, 13.0 tackles for a loss of 73 yards and 7.0 sacks for a total loss of 47 yards. Gilbert started 17 of his last 18 games for Wisconsin.
Gilbert was a member of three Wisconsin bowl teams – 2009 (Champs Sports Bowl), 2011 (Rose Bowl) and 2012 (Rose Bowl). In 42 career games with the Badgers, he tallied 79 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
Renfrow appeared in all 12 games for Virginia in 2012, making 11 tackles on the season. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, he appeared in six of the Cavaliers’ 13 games, seeing playing time against William & Mary, Indiana, North Carolina, Southern Miss and Maryland. In 2010, he saw limited action on defense in four games as a redshirt freshman for the Cavaliers.
Kamalu, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., signed with the Hurricanes in February out of Butler Community College in Kansas. As a sophomore at Butler in 2012, he recorded 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
The Hurricanes will hold the first of two closed preseason scrimmages Sunday at the Greentree Practice Fields.