Winslow's a wonder for 'Canes

Fans can debate for hours about who's the best quarterback in college football ... or the best running back ... or the best linebacker.

When it comes to the tight end position, however, there's no room for argument. Miami's Kellen Winslow is the cream of the crop ... period. He leads the Hurricanes in receptions (44) and receiving yards (439). He's so dangerous that Miami often lines him up in the backfield or in a slot position. He also has developed into an excellent blocker.

''He's bulked up to 250 pounds now,'' Miami head man Larry Coker said recently, ''and he wants every ball.''

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer calls Winslow ''probably the best player in the country ... at least one of the best.''

Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis concedes that the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Winslow is so big and fast that he's almost impossible to contain.

''It's the matchups, and not knowing where he's going to be,'' the coordinator said. ''They ('Canes) have got an opportunity to create some matchups that they want, and we've got to be very careful about that. To be quite honest, I don't think there's a linebacker in the country that's going to cover him. That's asking way too much.

''We've got to try to get safety help, and make sure we know where he is. When you've got a receiver out there who's as big as he is, he creates a lot of problems for you.''

Although concerned about stopping Winslow, the coordinator hasn't lost his sense of humor. Asked if he'd say the Hurricanes are less explosive now that they no longer have All-America wideout Andre Johnson (NFL), plus touted tailbacks Willis McGahee (NFL) and Frank Gore (injured), Chavis replied:

''If you didn't have to play them, you'd probably say that.

''Have they operated at the same efficiency that they did last year? No. But the potential is there for that, and I think they're going to develop into that kind of offense. I just hope it's not this Saturday.''

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