Freshmen -- Where Do They Fit? (offense)

14 true freshmen are on Miami's roster as of right now. Nine of them are on offense. Read on to see where each of the 14 fit in on this year's team, and what their roles may be.

The Hurricanes are still waiting on a handful of players from the 2013 class to become eligible for the fall semester. In the meantime, 14 freshmen from that class are already on campus and taking part in team activities. Lets take a look at what each player's role may be in 2013.

QB Kevin Olsen -- He was Miami's top target at the position in last year's class. He is the first elite quarterback prospect Miami has signed in several years. He's being counted on as the future of the program at the quarterback position. Preston Dewey and Gray Crow don't seem to be the answer. With four quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart, a redshirt seems likely -- especially since he wasn't here for spring drills. However, since there's a good chance Olsen will be the guy in 2014 don't be surprised if he gets some game reps in 2013.

RB Augustus Edwards -- Mike James is gone. James Coley likes big backs for his offense. Put those two things together and you have an answer as to why Edwards, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, will likely play a key role in Miami's offense in 2013. If Maurice Hagens or Eduardo Clements can't be the short-yardage back, it'll be Edwards.

RB Cornelius Elder -- A late addition to Miami's 2013 class, Elder can do a lot of things. He's listed as an athlete on the official roster, which likely means the coaches don't know what his role will be just yet. He can play running back, slot receiver, defensive back, or even return kicks. His primary role in his first year will likely be to challenge for playing time in the return game. Since the Canes have a strong group of experienced return men on the team already, look for Elder to redshirt.

RB Ray Lewis -- The son of an all-time great, Lewis comes in as a two-way player who could play running back or defensive back. He'll start out at running back but will have a hard time breaking into the rotation in year one. Look for him to redshirt.

WR Stacy Coley -- The state's top wide receiver prospect last year, Coley is as talented as any receiver on Miami's current roster. Miami has several solid guys but they're still looking for a game-changer there. Just a freshman, Coley could become that guy. He'll be given plenty of chances to, at least.

TE Standish Dobard -- Asante Cleveland has proven to be just an offseason warrior. He's done very little on the field in each of Al Golden's first two years. Converted defensive lineman Jake O'Donnell is likely going to be used mainly as a blocker. That leaves three tight ends on the roster to catch passes in 2013 -- Clive Walford and Beau Sandland will get the bulk of the targets but Dobard will get some too.

OL Sunny Odogwu -- A massive offensive line prospect, Odogwu started here in the spring and immediately became one of the leaders along the offensive line -- very rare for a true freshman. His intelligence, work ethic, leadership skills, and physical skills make him a candidate to see playing time right away. There's a good chance he'll emerge as the team's third tackle this season, which means he will likely see the field quite a bit.

OL Hunter Knighton -- A spring entrant, Knighton is still working to get bigger and stronger. He's very smart and was used at center in the spring. Since the Canes already have two players in front of him at that position, Knighton is a good redshirt candidate.

OL Alex Gall -- The Hurricanes have four legitimate guys on the two-deep at guard heading into fall camp. If anyone goes down, backup center Jared Wheeler could slide over and become the 4th guy. That likely means Gall should be in line for a redshirt season.


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