Coach: Art Kehoe
The Starters: LT Bryant McKinnie (6-9, 335, SR), LG Sherko Haji-Rasouli (6-6, 326, JR), C Brett Romberg (6-3, 293, JR), RG Martin Bibla (6-4, 300, SR), and RT Joaquin Gonzalez (6-5, 295, SR)
The Backups: Vernon Carey (6-5, 345, SO), Joe Fantigrassi (6-4, 270, JR), Carlos Joseph (6-5, 322, R-FR), Brad Kunz (6-7, 315, R-FR), Joe McGrath (6-5, 288, SO), Chris Myers (6-5, 280, R-FR), Scott Puckett (6-3, 283, SR), Joel Rodriguez (6-3, 277, R-FR), James Sikora (6-5, 267, SO), Ed Wilkins (6-4, 318, JR), Jim Wilson (6-5, 248, JR), Robert Bergman (6-5, 275, FR), Rashad Butler (6-5, 290, FR), and Tony Tella (6-5, 265, FR)
The Good Stuff: McKinnie is the best offensive lineman in the college game. Protecting Ken Dorsey's blindside as a junior, he did not allow a sack and totally dominated some pretty good competition (FSU's Jamal Reynolds, Florida's Alex Brown, and Pitt's Bryan Knight). Gonzalez is entering his fourth season as a starter and was a first team All-America selection as a junior last season. Bibla has started 28 games at right guard. Romberg started all 12 as a sophomore last season. In all, the Hurricanes' starting unit has a combined 99 starts of experience. They paved the way for a 1,000 yard runner last season and only allowed three sacks. Depth is the best it's ever been on a UM offensive line, and they're the hardest working unit on the team.
Potential Worries: The Hurricanes are outstanding at every spot except left guard, where they're still unsure about a starter. Haji-Rasouli has the upper hand as two a days continue, but he's being pushed by Wilkins and Carey. None of the three have ever started a game at the college level, so it's a position that must play well early in the season if the Hurricanes want to be the best unit around collectively.
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