Charleston Southern: A Closer Look

Miami opens its season tomorrow night against Charleston Southern, a Division 1AA opponent. Lets take a closer look at what the Buccaneers bring to the table.

Tribble Reese (#11, 6-2, 215) is a talented quarterback who started his career at Clemson. A former three-star recruit, Reese picked Clemson after also taking recruiting visits to Mississippi State, N.C. State, and Wake Forest. This will be his first season as a starter and it'll be interesting to see how he'll do in the system this season. He has some nice physical tools.

Running Backs:
DeMarcus Moon (#42, 5-10, 190) came on strong as a true freshman last season, running 67 times for 382 yards and one touchdown. He looks to be the go-to guy in the backfield for the Bucs. He ran a 4.65/40 at a Combine coming out of high school so he's not a burner but looks to improve from his freshman season a year ago. Joining him in the starting backfield will be B.J. Hackworth ((#23, 6-0, 230). A bigger back, Hackworth will be used more in between the tackles than his running back teammate.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends:
Dee Brown (#26, 5-11, 180) is the most explosive player on the Bucs roster. He caught 69 passes for 898 yards and nine touchdowns last season and those close to the program believe he'll put up even better numbers in 08. Markus Murry (#5, 5-10, 185) is a former two-star recruit who also took recruiting visits to Michigan State and Illinois coming out of high school three years ago. Murry caught 27 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns last season. Tim Jones (#27, 6-4, 205) is the biggest receiving target for the Bucs and he had a solid season in 07, catching 27 passes for 352 yards and two scores.

Offensive Line:
The Bucs have good size along their offensive line and three of the five projected starters are from Florida -- left tackle Donald Fondren (Chiefland), right tackle Jarrett Johns (Gainesville), and guard J.W. Myers (Jacksonville Episcopal). The best of the group, however, is center Alex Bragg (#64, 6-5, 280). He was a preseason All-Conference selection.

Defensive Line:
End Jake Killeen (#8, 6-4, 240) was a three-star recruit coming out of a California Junior College in 2007. He started his career at Nevada before transferring out and finished his first season as a Buc last year with 37 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Ryan Ard (#49, 6-0, 235) was an All-Conference tight end last season but was switched over to the defensive side of the ball for his senior season. Ard and Killeen give the Bucs a solid pair of ends.

Three of the primary linebackers for the Bucs are from the state of Florida -- Chris Patrick (Clermont - East Ridge), Josh Warrior (Orange Park - Ridgeview), and Josh Mitchell (Neptune Beach - Fletcher). Warrior (#40, 5-11, 200) has been the most productive of the bunch, as he finished last season with 86 tackles, two caused fumbles, and three picks. Mitchell (#51, 6-2, 230) was a two-star recruit coming out of high school who also took recruiting visits to Iowa State and UCF.

Three of the four projected starters are from the state of Florda -- cornerbacks Philip Ashley (Tallahassee - Leon) and Matt Bach (Jacksonville - University Christian) and safety Mike McCann (Neptune Beach - Fletcher). Ashley (#1, 5-10, 185), who had 28 tackles and two picks last season, took a recruiting visit to Kansas State coming out of high school and had a few Division 1 offers. The most productive of the defensive backs has been safety Obeka Rollinson (#9, 5-11, 200), who had 55 tackles last season.

Special Teams:
The kicking game is largely unknown heading into this game but the most experienced return specialist is former Naples High standout Gerald Stevenson (#84, 5-10, 165). He had 600 total return yards last season.

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