The Weather Channel (Hurricane Watch) PRESEASON HURRICANE GUIDE PLAYERS TO WATCH Offense QB Jacory Harris #12 (Sophomore) A local standout in high school, Harris spurned offers from all over the country to play for his hometown Hurricanes. Holds Florida high school record for most touchdowns in a season (49). Continued success into his freshman year at Miami and was named ACC Rookie of the Week 3 times. Although extremely talented, his youth and inexperience will get him into trouble at times. How he responds to this adversity will go a long ways toward determining the success of the ‘Canes in 2009. RB Craig Cooper #2 (Junior) The leading rusher for the ‘Canes over the past two years, 2009 figures to be a big year for the Memphis, Tennessee standout. A threat rushing the ball (841 yards) and as a receiver (29 receptions), teams will have to make sure #2 is covered at all times should they wish to slow down the Hurricane attack. WR Aldarius Johnson #4 (Sophomore) Teamed up with current Miami Hurricane Jacory Harris to dominate Florida high school football. At Northwestern (Miami), set local record for receptions in a year with 76. Transitioned nicely from the high school ranks to college, as he led the team in receptions as a freshman in 2008. Aldarius Johnson has big time talent. Only time will tell if he can place his name alongside Michael Irvin, Andre Johnson, and the other greats who played for Miami at Wide Receiver. Defense DE Marcus Robinson #56 (Sophomore) Well, at 6-1 237 lbs, it is safe to say that Marcus Robinson is far from the biggest DE in the nation. What Robinson does do exceptionally well is use his speed to pressure the opposing QB. As a freshman last year, he earned First Team Freshman All-American honors. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Robinson is his ability to shine in the big games. Against VA Tech, he registered 3 sacks and seven tackles. Opposing QBs must take note of where this kid lines up on passing downs. Failure to do so could end in disaster. LB Sean Spence #31 (Sophomore) A Northwestern (Miami) standout, Spence made his mark on the ACC in his first year of college football. Led Hurricanes in tackles for loss (9.5) and was the team’s third leading tackler (65). His outstanding play earned him accolades from the media, as he was voted the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. ACC coaches – take notice: this kid flies to the ball! Of course, coaches who have seen him are already aware of this and will be sure to get a lineman i(or two) in his way. S Vaughn Telemaque #7 (Freshman (RS)) 2008 was a rough year for the Hurricane pass defense. For the entire year, it managed only 4 interceptions. In steps the redshirt freshman to inject some life into the wounded Hurricane secondary. Although he is not the best Hurricane defender, as a freshman safety, his progression will be crucial to the success of the Miami defense.