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UM position breakdown

QB

No one has thrown a pass in a college game, but Mr. Florida Football selections Robert Marve (2006), left, and Jacory Harris ('07) are available. Marve likely will start after a one-game suspension.

RB

A healthy Javarris James, left, and Greg Cooper, each of whom have added muscle, should give UM one of the best backfield tandems in the Atlantic Coast Conference, if not the country.

WR/TE

A receiver-by-committee effort should be led by Sam Shields), Leonard Hankerson, left, and Kayne Farquharson. Freshmen Laron Byrd and Travis Benjamin are expected to be solid contributors. Dedrick Epps is the top tight end.

OL

The team's strength. Jason Fox (a three-year starter at left tackle), left, Reggie Youngblood and Chris Rutledge are solid, as are emerging sophomores Orlando Franklin, a guard, and Joel Figueroa. But center and depth are concerns.

LB

Colin McCarthy (weakside), Darryl Sharpton (strongside), left, and Glenn Cook (middle) provide solid leadership, but look for freshmen such as Spence and Brown to emerge on a more talented unit than the Hurricanes had a year ago.

DL

Could be a troublesome unit. Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey, left, expected starters at end, have been hampered by injuries in the fall. Antonio Dixon, the only veteran big man, will be accompanied by Marcus Forston and a rotation of young players.

DB

Randy Phillips (free safety), left, and cornerbacks Bruce Johnson and Chavez Grant have starting experience but figure to be pushed by freshmen such as Branden Harris.

ST

Struggling kicking game should get a boost from Bosher, left, who will likely handle all three duties (punting, field goals, kickoffs) and has improved. Coaches are excited by some of the freshmen, who figure to be involved in the return game.

-- MANNY NAVARRO

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