Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
According to the official Hurricane roster there are only 14 seniors on the entire team. Out of the seniors, only seven of them (including the kicker, Jake Wieclaw, and punter, Dalton Botts) will probably be listed as starters.
Mike James will be the only senior on offense while the defense will have four—Vaughn Telamaque, Darius Smith, Raman Buchanan and Brandon McGee.
Although James is a senior, he only has three starts at running back over his career, playing second fiddle to starters Lamar Miller and Damien Berry.
James has a total of 157 rushes for 719 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is very familiar with the offense and should be the starter going into the first game against Boston College.
Safety Vaughn Telemaque is the Hurricanes most experienced player, starting all 25 games in the last two years. With Ray-Ray Armstrong off the team, Telemaque must be the leader of the defensive backfield.
Darius Smith is a JUCO transfer and has just seven starts with the Hurricanes at the defensive tackle position. Although he has just seven starts, Smith played in all 12 games and has the physical ability to be a presence this season on a very inexperienced defensive line.
Ramon Buchanan saw his senior season cut short last season as he got hurt in the fourth game of the season. Buchanan earned a medical red-shirt.
Buchanan, much like Telemaque, is a seasoned veteran that has played in 39 games in his career (starting 14) and is a vital part of the young Hurricanes defense. He must help develop some of the tremendously talented linebackers this season.
The last of the starters is cornerback Brandon McGee. McGee has logged 13 career starts, including 12 last season.
Much like Telemaque and Buchanan, McGee has to be the spoken leader of a crop of very inexperienced conerbacks. In fact, he has more starts at corner than the other starters and backups combined.