NFL Stars on Campus; Freshmen Standout

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - NFL stars routinely come back to the Miami campus to workout in the off-season and this year is no different. Also, there are three freshmen who have stood out thus far.

A number of former Hurricanes in the NFL come back to the UM campus to workout with the team.

This year is no exception.

Ed Reed, the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is back on the UM campus working out with the Hurricanes and strength coach Andreu Swasey.

In addition to three-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, Willis McGahee, and Antrel Rolle have provided good leadership for the current Miami players.

All three had successful UM careers and were first-round draft picks.

The current UM players have enjoyed having the NFL players back on campus. They push the guys during workouts, which have been going well as the team approaches the mid-point of the summer.

FRESHMEN STANDOUTS

A number of freshmen are working out with the team this summer after graduating from their respective high school careers.

Three guys have stood out the most:

Quarterback Robert Marve (Tampa, Fla.), cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (Miami, Fla.), and safety Joseph Nicolas (Homestead, Fla.).

Marve has been a fixture on the UM campus after committing to the Canes in late January. He is looking to earn playing time this season although extensive playing time appears to be at least a year away unless Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman really struggle.

Van Dyke gives the Hurricanes depth and speed at the cornerback position. He was Scout.com's No. 15 cornerback prospect in the country.

Nicolas is an interesting prospect at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. He was the fourth-lowest ranked player in UM's 2007 signing class as a three-star recruit ranked 48th in his position. Only Jared Campbell, Tyler Horn, and Daniel Adderley were ranked lower. But if Nicolas continues to impress, he could find himself on the field this fall, most likely on special teams.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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