Leading Tackler?

Roger McIntosh has the strength and speed to be a great linebacker in 2004. His athleticism is unmatched at the position and you will be hard-pressed to find linebackers as athletic in the entire country. After starting the final four games in the 2002 season, he is ready to be a full-time starter this year.

Roger McIntosh is a 6-foot-4, 237-pound specimen from Gaffney, South Carolina. He had a limited role last year after having a knee scope early in the season. He spent most of his time on the field with special teams and recorded a number of jaw-dropping hits on kickoff coverage. Look for those hits to be on a more regular basis with number 50 on the field full-time.

He has recorded 66 tackles in his career—a number he will likely exceed this season. Based on his play in the spring and fall he has a good chance to be the team's leading tackler in 2004 at the strongside linebacker position.

Throughout the summer the linebackers formed a strong bond off the field that they carried onto the field.

"On and off the field we have been clicking," McIntosh said. "We have more teamwork on the field and have developed a good friendship off of the field."

They talk regularly off the field and often call each other to see what is going on.

"We talk a lot off the field and we hang out," McIntosh said. "We are very fun group and everyone will call each other to see what is going on."

The linebackers had a solid fall after needing to step up with the departure of all three starters. They are expected to come in and produce at a high level.

"Fall practice is just a continuation of what we did throughout the summer," McIntosh said. "We just go out there and we know our assignments and where we are supposed to be. We are just out there practicing hard and giving 100 percent."

McIntosh is not one to want to talk about himself—especially not until he makes plays on the field. He would prefer to wait until he has the big season he is looking for. However, things are going well for the talented junior.

"I have been doing good," McIntosh said. "It feels good to be back in the game. We had a little break over the summer, but now we worked hard in the fall. We are ready to play the games."

After missing last year's season opener against Louisiana Tech with a knee injury he is exciting to play in the opener against Florida State.

"Last year I got banged up and didn't get too much playing time, but now I am back," McIntosh said. "I am ready to play. I am 100 percent."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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