Moncur Updates His Status

Former Miami (Fla.) Carol City defensive end Eric Moncur was one of the prized recruits from Dade County last year and the Hurricanes won a heated battle over a host of other programs. Unfortunately, Moncur was unable to start his career at UM in August.

"There was a grade change at the end of the year," Moncur said. "I didn't know it would hurt me till it was too late."

When the grade change occured, Moncur's core G.P.A. slipped a bit, making the minimum SAT score a little higher. Moncur had a passing score but then found out he needed to score a little bit higher.

"I need 20 more points," he said. "Don't worry, I'll get it and I'll be here in December."

Moncur, who spent the summer working out with his future teammates, was very impressive inside the weight room. His 365-pound bench press was the best ever by a UM incoming freshman defensive end.

"I was working really hard," he said. "I had all the running down and everything. This will just motivate me a little more."

Moncur plans on joining the UM football team in December before starting school in January, much like players in the past have done -- Terrell Walden, Vince Wilfork, etc.

"I'm a recruit again," he said laughing. "But I'm definitely going to UM. They know that."

Moncur has bulked up to nearly 250 pounds on his 6-2 frame. He's excited about the future.

"I can't wait," he said. "I know the other guys (freshmen) are there now but I'm gonna come in and compete hard."

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