Which position battle will be the most fun to watch?
Whenever you enroll two of the nation's top linebacker prospects early, your depth and competition at that position gets a whole lot better. The Canes bring back two primary starters (Colin McCarthy and Spencer Adkins) but it'll be a wide open race and it'll be exciting to see how Arthur Brown and Sean Spence factor into the mix. They're good enough to become starters but how early will it happen for them? A lot more competition will arrive in the fall but it'll be very interesting to see how the young linebackers fit into the grand scheme of things at linebacker this spring.
The three-way ladder match for starting quarterback position. In the red corner, you have the lone returning letterman (that happens to be a redshirt). In the blue corner, you have a hot shot freshman quarterback that is coming off a State Championship and a career in which he broke every Miami-Dade passing record. In the grey corner, you have the number one prep school quarterback in the country. That is a lot of talent and all of it unproven. Most pundits have Robert Marve penciled in -- and maybe that will be the case. But it won't come without the heat of forty suns from the two hot shots that enrolled to campus early. For those that think Robert Marve is going to coast, they will have a rude awakening. Jacory Harris and Cannon Smith are more than worthy competitors for the starting job in Coral Gables. It should be fun to see all of them battle it out at Quarterback U.
Miami has been plagued by dropped passes and a lack of talent at the wide receiver position for the last couple of years. That is all about to come to an end as Coach Shannon has put together a talented stable of receivers. Sam Shields, Kayne Farquharson, Leonard Hankerson, Aldarius Johnson, and Jermaine McKenzie will be battling it out all spring for the starting wide receiver spots. Upperclassmen Shields and Farquharson will be forced to elevate their level of play or they will spend their seasons on the sidelines. One thing is for sure the days of watching a punter playing WR in the spring game are over. This group of wide receivers should bring a fair share of amazing catches and 50 yards touchdowns to the Green Tree fields this spring and the competition will get even more exciting when Tommy Streeter and company arrive in the fall.
I'm just going to love watching all the linebackers compete with one another for playing time. You've got everything you could possibly ask for in a position competition. Two new stud incoming freshmen (Sean Spence and Arthur Brown), a mix of wiley veterans who haven't necessarily overachieved, and two seniors, both former starters at that, coming in to try to reclaim a piece of the pie from the younger guys. It'll definitely be fun to watch, especially given the fact that we're going to see many different new looks from new defensive coordinator Bill Young.
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