Rocky on Top

Roger McIntosh is a junior linebacker from Gaffney, South Carolina. Currently he is tied for second on the team with 33 tackles including four tackles for a loss. He is one of the reasons why the Miami defense has not skipped a beat and is one of the best in the country.

Roger McIntosh started six games as a freshman in 2002, including the national championship game against Ohio State. While on the field he showed off his athleticism, speed, and size. His raw talent left his teammates in awe, but it was his contributions on the field that the coaching staff took notice. He plays the game the way a linebacker should play—fast.

Last year as a sophomore, McIntosh had a knee operation in August prior to the season. He was expected to be the starter at outside linebacker, but when he came back from injury he was unable to get his starting position back from senior Darrell McClover. McIntosh took his playing time throughout the season in stride and did see more action late in the year particularly in the Orange Bowl against Florida State.

Now a junior he entered the 2004 season as the team's most experienced linebacker. He is the team's strongside linebacker, but last game at Georgia Tech he played middle linebacker before getting "his bell rung" according to head coach Larry Coker.

During the game McIntosh was looking very comfortable and confident with his decisions on the field. He was quick to the ball and in on a lot of plays. He finished the game with eight tackles including four solo tackles.

"The game was real simple," McIntosh said. "Their whole offense revolved around the quarterback. All we did was attack. We were in attack-mode all game."

Against Georgia Tech freshman Glenn Cook made his first career start at strongside linebacker, McIntosh's normal position. Cook along with high school teammate Jon Beason have started in place of Leon Williams who is recovering from a fracture in his hand.

"They have been doing well," McIntosh said. "They are a couple of young guys. We don't have too much depth and experience. They stepped up when we needed them to and made plays."

McIntosh welcomes questions from the young linebackers and from anyone who has questions. His teammates look towards McIntosh as a leader on the field and it is a role he is comfortable with.

"We all are open to answering questions," McIntosh said. "I know I am always up for asking questions. The young guys just have to go out there and play and it is up to them."

The defense features a lot of young players including a number of first-year starters. Currently the starting defense features: two seniors, six juniors, and three sophomores.

"Those guys are awesome," McIntosh said. "The young guys are stepping up and playing their positions well. Everyone on the defense is stepping up and going out there making plays."

Through the first four games of the season the defense has allowed only one offensive touchdown and only three points in the second half.

"We are getting along well, but there is a long ways to go," McIntosh said. "We have a tough opponent this week and we are looking to shut them down."

Next up for the Hurricanes is #17 Louisville on Thursday. Louisville has been dominating their opponents on offense and defense.

"They have a lot of big guys on offense," McIntosh said. "They are going to try to get you and they will stay on their blocks. We can't let that happen. We have to come out ready to play our game."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

Canes Time Top Stories