Freshmen -- Where Do They Fit? (defense)

14 true freshmen are on Miami's roster as of right now. Five of them are on defense. 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 defensive player's role may be in 2013.

LB Alex Figueroa -- A lightly recruited player who didn't even play football in 2012, Figueroa enrolled early and made an impact right away. He has size, athleticism, smarts, and instincts. All indications are pointing to this being a recruiting steal for the Hurricanes. He will enter fall camp in the starting lineup.

LB Jermaine Grace -- The Hurricanes needed to add more size to the linebacker position and Grace was an exception. At 6-feet and just over 200 pounds, he's not the biggest kid around but he's very athletic and active. He's a good redshirt candidate unless he can make a big impact on special teams.

LB Walter Tucker -- After being all set to enroll at Clemson on a track scholarship (with the option to play football there down the road), Tucker was offered a football scholarship by the Hurricanes. At 6-feet and 205, he lacks ideal size but brings a tremendous amount of speed and athleticism to the position. He lacks experience at linebacker and is a redshirt candidate because of that.

CB Artie Burns -- The Hurricanes signed five cornerbacks in last year's class. Three have already seen the field and another (Nate Dortch) is expected to be good. That prevented the coaches from recruiting too many guys at the position in the 2013 class. Burns was too good to pass up. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he has the size and athleticism to compete right away. Look for Burns to see the field early and often as one of the team's top five cornerbacks in 2013.

S Jamal Carter -- The Hurricanes have just four safeties on the roster right now. Two of them -- A.J. Highsmith and Kacy Rodgers -- are seniors who don't bring much to the table aside from experience. Carter is very talented and while he might not have the impact that Deon Bush did as a freshman last season, he should see the field quite a bit. He could be a starter by season's end.


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