Paul McCall or incumbent Wayne Younger, left, likely will be the starter. McCall was impressive this spring in the new spread offense; Younger was recovering from a broken collarbone from last season.
Heralded freshman Darriet Perry of Georgia could push seniors A'mod Ned and Julian Reams for carries. Junior Daunte Owens, left, the team's fastest back, also could play a role.
Marquis Rolle, left, should emerge as the top target. Greg Ellingson and Jeremy Dickens also should have big seasons. Watch out for new H-backs Travis Felder and John Ellis.
A line composed of freshmen and sophomores last season, including center Brad Serini, left, should improve with a year of experience. Helping to establish a running game will be crucial.
Scott Bryant, left, led FIU with 91 tackles in 2007. Michael Dominguez emerged in 2007 and continued his progress in spring. Freshmen Aaron Davis and Winston Fraser add speed and power.
FIU needs a better pass rush than last season, and for the line to open holes for their talented linebackers. Watch for freshmen Jonathan Jackson, left, James Jones and Kambriel Willis.
This could be the defense's strength, with the return of Jeremiah Weatherspoon, left, Marshall McDuffie and Robert Mitchell. Freshman Derrick Clark is a highly touted freshman.
The kick-coverage and kick-return units should be better with Weatherspoon. The kicker's spot -- where Dustin Rivest, left, returns to compete with battle a couple of walk-ons -- is a concern.
-- PETE PELEGRIN