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Nesta Jade Silvera

position

Defensive Line

Height

6-2

Weight

305 lbs.

Class

Junior

Hometown

Pembroke Pines, Fla.

High School

Plantation American Heritage

2020 (Junior): Made first start of career in season opener against UAB (Sept. 10) and finished with five total tackles (one solo)…Had one tackle for loss (two yards) and one quarterback hurry in victory over Blazers…Started on defensive line in road win over top-20 Louisville (Sept. 19) and finished with four tackles (two solo)…Delivered impressive start in win over rival Florida State (Sept. 26), finishing with three tackles (two solo) and one 14-yard sack…Finished with four tackles, including one tackle for loss, in start at Clemson (Oct. 10).

2019 (Sophomore): Missed first four games of season after undergoing foot surgery during preseason camp but played in final nine games…Totaled 19 tackles and one sack…Made season debut against Virginia Tech (Oct. 5) and had one tackle…Had one tackle in win over Virginia (Oct. 11)…Finished with one solo tackle against Georgia Tech (Oct. 19)…Saw action in win at Pittsburgh (Oct. 26)…Had best outing of career in win at Florida State (Nov. 2), finishing with career-high six tackles (four solo) and one 8-yard sack…Finished with three tackles in win over Louisville (Nov. 9)…Had one tackle against FIU (Nov. 23)…Posted three tackles and first fumble recovery of career at Duke (Nov. 30)…Had three tackles in Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech (Dec. 26).

2018 (True Freshman): Saw action in 10 games in first season and totaled 13 tackles…Added 1.5 tackles for loss and credited with one blocked punt…Saw first action of career and had career-high five tackles in win over Savannah State (Sept. 8)…Added one blocked punt vs. Tigers that was recovered for touchdown…Had one tackle in win at Toledo (Sept. 15)…Posted one tackle in win over FIU (Sept. 22)…Recorded one tackle in win over North Carolina (Sept. 27)…Saw action in games against Florida State (Oct. 6) and at Virginia (Oct. 13)…Played in wins over Virginia Tech (Nov. 17) and Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Had three tackles (two solo) in New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 27).

High School: Widely regarded as one of nation’s best defensive lineman…Rated as consensus four-star prospect by ESPN.com, 247Sports.com and Rivals.com…Listed as third-best defensive tackle, 14th-best prospect in Florida and No. 50 overall prospect in country by ESPN.com…Ranked No. 2 at position, No. 11 in Florida and No. 54 nationally by 247Sports.com…Rated ninth-best defensive tackle and 26th-best player in Florida by Rivals.com…Helped guide Plantation American Heritage to back-to-back Class 5A state championships and 27 straight wins…Had dominant performance in state final, recovering fumble, scoring touchdown, registering one tackle and one sack…Selected to 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio…Named to 2017 Sun Sentinel All-Broward First Team…Anchored defensive line with team-best 79 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2017…Participated in The Opening in summer of 2017…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, Penn State and TCU, among others.