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Epps: 'I'm not going to miss the season'

On my way into the Hecht Athletic Center for Randy Shannon's 2 p.m. National Signing Day press conference I ran into tight end Dedrick Epps -- and some good news. 

Epps, who underwent surgery for a left torn ACL in January, greeted me with a question: "Why are you guys saying I'm not going to play this year?" To which he followed, "I'm not going to miss the season."

Epps promised he wasn't just playing the role of Mr. Positive. "Dr. Uribe told me I could be out of this thing [his cast] in a few weeks. I'm already doing rehab. I'm planning to be ready for the start."

Epps played in 12 games last season and finished fourth on the team with 22 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He injured himself during Emerald Bowl practice.

If he does return in time, it would be huge news for the Canes, who are obviously short in supply of capable of pass catching tight ends.

I'll let you know what Shannon says about the situation and his signing class soon.