Armour: "This is my year"

By all accounts, junior cornerback Carlos Armour has had an outstanding spring thus far. It should come as no surprise to diehard fans, as Armour was battling for considerable playing time as a freshman.

Unfortunately, injuries hampered his last two seasons. In 2005, a torn ACL forced him to take a redshirt year, and last year, while recovering, he had issues with his hamstring. This spring, he insists that he's fully healthy and ready to make an impact.

"I'm just focused on staying healthy," Carlos Armour said. "I'm doing my part, playing my role, and just getting on the field and covering receivers. I want to do my part to make sure we win games,"

Sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome when recovering from knee surgery is the mental one. Some players take more than one season to get back to old form, and others never recover. Armour has in essence had two full seasons to recover and insists he's 100%, both physically and mentally. He has displayed enthusiastic confidence and a positive attitude towards 2007.

The benefits of a positive attitude are paying off early. Despite Coach Shannon's insistence that there be no depth chart in the spring, Armour took the field with the first team during Saturday's scrimmage, and by all accounts was amongst the most impressive performers. He has a rare combination of size (6'3") and speed, and his physical abilities put him at an advantage over other smaller corners, especially given the physical nature of Miami 's press coverage at times.

"This is my year," Armour said about 2007. "I've been doing really well. I've gone against all the receivers. Lance [Leggett], Khalil [Jones], Sam [Shields] and I've done well."

"It's felt good running around there and having the opportunity to make plays. The whole defense played great. I credit the d-line and linebackers for putting the pressure on and forcing throws, which helped me make plays on the ball."

Armour will have plenty of chances to make plays in 2007. He's been running with the first team quite a bit, especially considering Miami often opens up in Nickel 4-2-5 packages, which requires an extra defensive back.

"The defense we've been running is the same as in previous years, so you'll probably see the same things you've seen before. I expect to play a lot."

The open scrimmage on Friday will give Armour another chance to show the coaches that he belongs in the starting lineup. Should he perform well there, the cornerback battle could become particularly interesting. Miami returns their top four cornerbacks from 2006 (Glenn Sharpe, Randy Phillips, Chavez Grant, Bruce Johnson), but Shannon has said on more than one occasion that previous starting experience matters very little. The opportunity is there for Armour, and if he keeps performing well with the first team, he just might find himself there permanently.

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