Miami Hurricanes' Top Five Breakout Performers for the 2010 Season
For the last few years, the University of Miami has had very little All American-type players. There have been some good players, but none like the ones that will emerge this year. I have compiled a list, of who I believe, will dominate this year for the Miami Hurricanes.
No. 5 Vaughn Telemaque
The heavily recruited Telemaque played 3 games before he got hurt in 2008. Time healed wounds and in 2009 Telemaque made it clear that he was legit.
In 2009, he was 5th on the Hurricanes squad with 48 tackles, but more important to me was his patience. He is a force in the backfield and has great awareness for the ball.
I expect Telemaque to to emerge this year into a complete safety, working on his coverage skills and run stopping ability.
No. 4 Marcus Forston
Marcus Forston was pretty much the #1 most heavily recruited defensive lineman in the country in 2008.
He proved he was worth every look, as he played a valuable role for the Hurricanes, making numerous Freshman All American teams across the country.
Forston posted 17 tackles, 4-1/2 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Those are great numbers for a true freshman interior lineman.
In 2009, Forston was hurt most of the season and was awarded a medical hardship.
2010 will bring him his greatest opportunity and I believe he will dominate inside.
The reason has everything to do with the other lineman on the Canes squad being healthy and for the first time in awhile, they are all healthy.
I expect Forston to have a monster year and double his numbers from his freshman year.
No. 3 Adewale Ojomo
Adewale Ojomo stats will not jump out at you. He is a junior and only has 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks, but do not let the numbers fool you.
Ojomo is a beast. You see, he was red shirted his freshman year, played in 11 games as a sophomore, and was out all year last year due to a jaw injury he received in a locker room brawl.
This year, he breaks out.
The reason is he has amazing atheticism for a guy 6'4 260 lbs. He is part of the new breed (lean, with speed) of defensive ends and as long as Forston and Bailey stay healthy I expect big things from Ojomo.
Im expecting a 35 tackle and 8 sacks this year.
No. 2 Ray Ray Armstrong
The name says it all, the number and eerie resemblance to Sean Taylor, confirms it. Ray Ray Armstrong is next in line of great Miami safeties.
His size, 6'4 220 lbs, is menacing enough. His actual hitting ability is outright scary, ask Demarco Murray.
As a true freshman, Armstrong had 21 tackles. Only missing action in 3 games due to injury.
With a year under his belt the sky is the limit for Ray Ray. Im going with 50 tackles and at least 4 interceptions, and a handfull of headaches for anyone willing to try to catch that ball in the middle of the field.
No. 1 Jacory Harris
Jacory had a good first year as a starting quarterback throwing for 3,352 yards and 24 touchdowns.
The scary thing about that is the offensive co-coordinator Mark Whipple didn't even open the playbook yet.
Thats about to change this year.
Jacory Harris not only is expected to have a great year, but he may put himself into Heisman contention. The weapons he has at wide out and the year of experience could transfer Harris into another Ken Dorsey.
I truly believe he can get 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns, especially if Whipple opens that play book a little more.