Season Preview: Fullbacks

Najeh Davenport is fully recovered from his knee injury and now that he's comfortable at the fullback position, he's expected to have a huge season.

Coach: Don Soldinger

The Starter: Najeh Davenport (6-2, 245, SR)

The Backups: Kyle Cobia (6-2, 231, R-FR), and Quadtrine Hill (6-2, 210, FR)

The Good Stuff: The UM coaches changed the way the fullback position was used in this offense last season, when Davenport and DJ Williams made numerous big plays. Davenport is now fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered in August of 1999, so he should be ready to explode. He's faster than ever before, and goes into the season with plenty of experience. He has 776 career rushing yards, 191 career receiving yards, and 11 total touchdowns. As a complete package, Davenport is probably the best fullback in college football right now. In addition, Jarrett Payton could get plenty of reps at this position as well, and he brings more explosiveness to the position.

Potential Worries: Cobia, who redshirted last season, needs to get his feet wet. He's going to play a lot this season, so he must be able to prove he's ready for the workload. Hill will most likely redshirt. But as long as Davenport stays healthy, this position remains very strong in the Hurricanes offense.

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