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University of Miami Athletics

Zach McCloud


Defensive Line




254 lbs.


Redshirt Senior


Lantana, Fla.

High School


Zach McCloud - Football - University of Miami Athletics

2020 (Redshirt Senior): Saw action in nine games and made eight starts…Named one of four team captains prior to season…Finished season with 27 total tackles, including two sacks…Had one PBU, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble…Started season opener against UAB (Sept. 10) and finished with three tackles…Had season-high nine total tackles (six solo) and one fumble recovery and started in road win at top-20 Louisville (Sept. 19)…Finished with five tackles in start against rival Florida State (Sept. 26)…Started and had one tackle at top-ranked Clemson (Oct. 10)…Finished with two tackles in start against Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Posted one solo tackle in start against Virginia (Oct. 24)…Recorded two tackles in come-from-behind win at NC State (Nov. 6)…Finished with three total tackles in regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12)…Had two tackles in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State (Dec. 29).

2019 (Senior): Saw action in four games and made one start…Totaled nine tackles (six solo) and one PBU…Played in season opener vs. Florida (Aug. 24) and finished with two solo tackles…Saw action at North Carolina (Sept. 7)…Had two tackles in home opener versus Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14)…Made first start of season in win at Pittsburgh (Oct. 26), finishing with five tackles, 0.5 TFLs and one PBU.

2018 (Junior): Saw action in all 13 games and made nine starts…Finished with 44 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss…Had 0.5 sacks…Had one tackle vs. LSU (Sept. 2)…Started and finished with six tackles against Savannah State (Sept. 8)…Started at Toledo (Sept. 15)…Totaled one tackle in start vs. FIU (Sept. 22)…Started and had career-high eight tackles vs. North Carolina (Sept. 27)…Added career-best 2.0 tackles for loss against Tar Heels…Had two tackles vs. Florida State (Oct. 6)…Started and posted four tackles at Virginia (Oct. 13)…Recorded eight tackles in start at Boston College (Oct. 26)…Performance against Eagles included 1.5 tackles for loss…Saw action vs. Duke (Nov. 3)…Had two tackles in start at Georgia Tech (Nov. 10)…Had four tackles and one half-sack in win at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17)…Started and posted two solo tackles in finale vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Started and finished with six tackles (two solo) in New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 27).

2017 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 13 games and made 11 starts…Finished with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks…Added three quarterback hurries…Forced one fumble…Was among team’s top defensive contributors…Earned one ACC Co-Linebacker of the Week recognition…Started season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2) and finished with two solo tackles…Started and posted two solo tackles in win over Toledo (Sept. 23)…Finished with three tackles (two solo) and started in win at Duke (Sept. 29)…Started and finished with three tackles (two solo) in win at Florida State (Oct. 7)…Had three tackles (two solo) and first sack of career (eight yards) in start against Georgia Tech (Oct. 14)…Started and had one tackle in win over Syracuse (Oct. 21)…Finished with five tackles and 1.0 TFL (three yards) in start at North Carolina (Oct. 28)…Had two tackles (one solo) in win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 4)…Started and had five tackles (two solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in win over Notre Dame (Nov. 11)…Earned ACC Co-Linebacker of the Week recognition for performance against Fighting Irish…Had five total tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble in win over Virginia (Nov. 18)…Posted career-high total of 10 tackles (eight solo) at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Finished with four tackles in ACC Championship Game against Clemson (Dec. 2)…Started Capital One Orange Bowl against Wisconsin (Dec. 30) and finished with three total tackles and one tackle for loss (four yards).

2016 (True Freshman): Delivered impressive freshman season, starting 11 of 13 games at linebacker and finishing with 37 tackles (18 solo)…Added 3.5 tackles for loss (four yards), two pass breakups and four quarterback hurries…Had one blocked kick….Started season opener and made career debut against Florida A&M (Sept. 3), recording one solo tackle…Totaled three tackles (all solo) and first career TFL (one yard) against FAU (Sept. 10)…Made second start of career and recorded three tackles in road win at Appalachian State (Sept. 17)…Started against Georgia Tech (Oct. 1)…Totaled three tackles in start against Florida State (Oct. 8)…Started and recorded two solo tackles against North Carolina (Oct. 15)…Registered five tackles in start at Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)…Recorded first quarterback hurry of career against Hokies…Had one solo tackle and credited with first blocked punt of career in start at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)…Started and totaled three tackles (one solo), 0.5 TFLs and one PBU in win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)…Credited with three quarterback hurries against Panthers…Started and had one tackle in win at Virginia (Nov. 12)…Totaled three tackles (one solo) in start at NC State (Nov. 19)…Started and recorded career-high six tackles (two solo) in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26)…Matched career mark with six tackles (one solo), 1.0 TFL (two yards) and one PBU in Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia (Dec. 28).

High School: Four-star outside linebacker according to ESPN and 247Sports…Three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout…Enrolled in January 2016…Ranked No. 172 player on ESPN300 and No. 11 outside linebacker nationwide by ESPN…Ranked No. 19 outside linebacker in nation by 247Sports…Rated as second-best outside linebacker in state of Florida and No. 26 outside linebacker nationwide by Scout…Named to watch list for high school Butkus Award prior to final season at Santaluces…Earned first-team Sun Sentinel All-County recognition in final year…Ranked No. 9 prospect on Sun Sentinel Megaboard, rating top players in Broward and Palm Beach…Chose Miami over offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and South Carolina, among others.