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As the Miami Hurricanes look to make some noise on a national level next season, there are certain players they can’t afford to lose. Let’s take a look at the 10 most important Canes for the 2010-11 football season.
10. Adewale Ojomo, DE
After missing the entire 2009 season with an injury, Ojomo is in a perfect spot. With Allen Bailey commanding most of the offensive line’s attention on the other side, Ojomo will have a ton of space to operate in.
9. Vaughn Telemaque, S
The “U” has a long tradition of playmaking safeties. Telemaque needs to step up and become a game changer in the secondary. With what could be a dominant defensive line, he will have many opportunities to sit back and make big plays.
8. Orlando Franklin, LT
Jacory Harris’ health is critical to the team’s success, and protecting his blind side will be Franklin’s responsibility.
7. Sean Spence, LB
After a promising freshman year, Spence tailed off last season. They need him to be an intimidating hitter at the second level. He has the speed and instincts to become a top ACC linebacker.
6. Damien Berry, RB
Berry proved last year he is the best pure runner on the roster. His 6.6 yards-per-carry average is a good indicator of his big-play potential. If Miami can commit to establishing a running game, it will go a long way towards putting a more balanced offense on the field.
5. Marcus Forston, DT
Forston has hardly been the dominant force he was expected to become. Like many others from his class, he suffered a sophomore slump. He showed up to spring camp in great shape and is primed for a huge year.
4. Leonard Hankerson, WR
Hankerson had a breakout year in 2009 with 801 yards and six touchdowns. As the best receiver on this football team, he will make a major impact in 2010.
3. Brandon Harris, CB
The All-American junior corner is only going to get better as he gains more experience.
2. Allen Bailey, DE
The beast of the defensive line is the most athletically gifted lineman in the nation. It’s critical that Bailey imposes his will on the defense every second he’s on the field because consistency has been an issue with him in the past. He’s ready to become one of the most dominating defensive lineman in the country.
1. Jacory Harris, QB
This is Jacory’s team. It goes as he goes. After achieving great success early on last year, he faltered as the hype mounted. He tried to make every throw a big play, and the mistakes piled up. If he can play within himself and feed off of what should be a devastating running attack, he should be one of the nation’s best quarterbacks.