Starting MLB for Opener?

With Glenn Cook hurt, who will be the team's middle linebacker?

First-team MLB Glenn Cook will have arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out 2-4 weeks. He could miss the opener against Florida State on Sept. 4, which is 3 weeks away.

With Cook hurt, Darryl Sharpton becomes the team's first-team middle linebacker.

"It made me feel kind of funny going to first string just because of an injury," Sharpton said. "I have mixed feeling about that and I feel really bad for Cook."

Sharpton does a number of things well and head coach Larry Coker has been high on him since Sharpton arrived to UM.

"He is a very physical player with great speed," Coker said. "He just needs to get honed in on his assignments better and when he does that he can be special."

Sharpton, who played in three games last year before receiving a medical redshirt, knows he needs to learn the playbook in order to hold down the starting position.

"I just have to get the mental part down," Sharpton said. "I have the physical part down. Right now I am just sitting down with Coach Shannon to master the nickel package."

Romeo Davis is the second team middle linebacker and James Bryant is the third team middle linebacker.

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