3-Way Battle at Center

After a few weeks of fall camp, the Hurricanes are still searching for its starting center. Things may be coming together now. Read on to find out what Coach Shannon is saying about the competition...

Derrick Morse has bounced back and forth between guard and center the last few weeks. He'll be in the starting lineup somewhere when the Hurricanes open their season against Marshall next Saturday.

The question is -- will Morse start at guard or center? If the coaches believe freshman guard Orlando Franklin is one of the five best players along the line, Morse will likely start at center. If Franklin doesn't win the job, which means Morse will likely be one of the two starting guards along with Andrew Bain, then A.J. Trump or John Rochford will likely win the job at center. Shannon is just glad they have those options.

"The more we can get guys on the field that are rested, the better we'll be on offense," Shannon said. "Just like we've done for years on defense, we want to rotate guys."

Regardless of who wins the job at center, we'll likely see some type of regular rotation along the line.

"If we're able to rotate guys where they're playing 35-40 snaps a game instead of 80 snaps, we'll be fresh and can down break teams," he said. "If you're able to have depth along the offensive line, you'll take it and run with it. Most teams in the country want that. That's what we're trying to do."

As of now, it appears the two starting tackles will be Jason Fox and Reggie Youngblood. Morse will likely be one of the starters. The other two will be out of Franklin, Bain, or Trump/Rochford.

Shannon said after Thursday's practice that he'll announce the starters for the opener and the depth chart next Tuesday. Stay tuned to CanesTime.com for more coverage.

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