Experience, leadership, and versatility

The Hurricanes signed Ladarius Gunter from Junior College two years ago and it turned out to be a very good decision. The talented senior has started 17 games in his first two seasons here and will play a big role for the Canes in 2014.

As a recruit: Ladarius Gunter played high school football in the state of Alabama. Without many options coming out, he decided to attend Fort Scott Junior College, which is where the Hurricanes discovered him. He played in seven games in 2011 and finished with 24 tackles, two caused fumbles, and a pick six. Gunter also took official visits to South Florida and Indiana before being offered by and committing to the Hurricanes.

As a Hurricane: It didn't take Gunter long to make an impact for the Hurricanes as a sophomore in 2012. He played in all 12 games, starting five of them, and finished the season with 27 tackles, six pass breakups, and one interception. He became a full-time starter as a junior last season and finished the year with 46 tackles and three interceptions. Gunter was injured late in the season and didn't go through spring football. He returned to action during fall camp and is currently one of the two starters at cornerback.

What to expect: Gunter might not be as talented as guys like Artie Burns or Corn Elder but he has the edge on them with experience. He know this system well. He turned in a solid junior season before getting hurt. It's possible that he could lose playing time to guys like Burns and Elder as the season wears on but it's also possible that Gunter could end up playing some safety if the Hurricanes get banged up at all there. That's something they've already been working with during fall camp. He's a steady, experienced performer who can play either spot. Look for Gunter to have a rock solid senior season in Miami's secondary.


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