"A lot of people are expecting me to play this year," Moncur said.
Not only are other people expecting him to contribute this year, but he expects to play also.
"I am expecting the same thing," Moncur said.
There is a lot of competition at defensive line with a number of guys returning from last year. The current two-deep is as follows:
LDE RDE Bryan Pata, Jr Thomas Carroll, Sr Javon Nanton, Sr Eric Moncur, Fr LDT RDT Baraka Atkins, Jr Orien Harris, Sr Teraz McCray, So Kareem Brown, JrMoncur played left end in high school, but is playing right end at Miami. Does it matter what side he plays?
"Not at all," Moncur said.
At defensive end it is especially competitive. Sophomore Vegas Franklin is competing for playing time along with freshmen Calais Campbell and Rhyan Anderson.
"We all are competing to play," Moncur said. "The harder one of us works, the better it makes someone else. We want to better ourselves so we just have to work hard."
Moncur knows what it takes in order to earn meaningful playing time this fall and stay in the two-deep.
"I am just concentrating on playing hard every day in practice," Moncur said. "That is the only thing that is going to get me on the field. I have to work hard every day in practice."
So far this spring he has done a good job against the run and the pass. He brings a lot of strength to the position mixed in with good speed.
Recently he just got over a pulled hamstring.
"I pulled my hamstring like two weeks ago," Moncur said. "But I'm all right now. Tuesday was my first actual practice."
Moncur arrived on campus last spring at 268 pounds. Later in the spring he posted some of the best weight room numbers on the team.
He was second on the team in bench press lifting 405 pounds, sixth on the team in squat at 455, and third in power clean at 328.
Throughout his career he has always been good in the weight room. The team recently maxed out and he improved in all three categories.
"I have gotten a lot stronger and faster since I have been here," Moncur said.
Moncur maxed out at 425 on bench, 475 squat, and 380 power clean.
He improved his strenght despite losing weight.
"Right now I'm 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds," Moncur said. "I lost a lot of weight recently and I'm a lot quicker."
He plans to use his strength and quickness on the field in 2005.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org