More changes could be coming to Miami Hurricanes’ offensive line

Kc McDermott (52) and Tyler Gauthier (74) during the Pitt game. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Kc McDermott (52) and Tyler Gauthier (74) during the Pitt game. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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Two updates regarding Miami’s banged-up offensive line, which has been without starting right tackle Sunny Odogwu (knee) since the Florida State game Oct. 8:

* Junior center Nick Linder, already expected to be out this week, will have shoulder surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season, a source told The Post. That means senior Alex Gall, who will make his first start at center against Virginia (2 p.m. Saturday, ACC regional networks), will likely start the rest of the way, too.

* We say “likely” because another offensive line injury surfaced Tuesday. A source told The Post that junior starting left tackle Trevor Darling suffered a minor knee injury in practice, and his status for Saturday is unknown. He did not practice Wednesday.

Coach Mark Richt expressed confidence after Wednesday’s practice that Darling — and defensive end Demetrius Jackson, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury — would play.

If Darling cannot go, junior left guard Kc McDermott would replace him, playing the spot opposite sophomore right tackle backup-turned-starter Tyree St. Louis. McDermott, who has played left and right tackle in his UM career, said he would be prepared if called.

“It’s going to be something that’s just muscle memory,” McDermott said. “You never know what’s going to happen. We could be back to normal. Just got to be ready for anything.”

McDermott moving to left tackle would likely put sophomore Tyler Gauthier in the starting lineup at left guard. Gauthier has played sparingly on the offensive line but has special teams experience. Like Gall, he can play both center and guard. Fifth-year senior Danny Isidora, a mainstay at right guard, has played guard and tackle.

Richt is encouraged by his offensive line, which held Pittsburgh to one sack last week after allowing 18 over the previous five games. The second-stringers, however, are “second-team for a reason right now,” he said. “Some of them are on the younger side and developing. Some of them are just trying to prove they can play at this level.”

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