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Ranking the Top 60 Canes

It's still a long way until the start of football at The U. I know many of you are starving for any crumbs you can find on your favorite team.

While we'll probably have to wait until the start of July to actually start getting access to players (and fresh interviews), I figured we could pass the time by starting to take a closer look at the players who should be on the field for UM on Sept. 7 in Tallahassee. 

For the past three days, I've spent time looking over the roster and ranking the Top 60 Canes based on what they mean to the program, what they've done for the program and what we should expect from them in 2009. While there are 85 players on scholarship, I didn't feel right ranking guys who will probably never see the field (at least this season) and any incoming freshmen who aren't expected to do much in their first year. So, if you don't see Ian Symonette or Prince Kent or Cannon Smith, it's not because I forgot about them. They just weren't in the Top 60. 

ESPN's Heather Dinich is currently ranking the Top 30 Players in The ACC on her blog. So far, only kicker Matt Bosher (No. 30) has appeared for Miami. I've got Bosher in my Top 60. But he's not No. 1. He's not even top five.

Anyway, here's how Eye On The U ranks the Top 60 players at UM heading into the start of the season. We'll start with No. 60... 

C.J. Holton, LB

CJ Holton > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: A standout at Crawfordville Wakulla, Holton was ranked the seventh best safety in the country by both ESPN and Rivals and a consensus Top 200 player nationally. He was a playmaker as a senior, making 65 tackles, six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) while helping Wakulla to an 8-3 season. He chose UM over nearby Florida State.

What he's done as a Cane: Played mostly on the scout team as he was redshirted in 2008. He had two tackles in the spring game including one for loss.

What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Holton is an intriguing player because he wasn't somebody you heard a whole heck of a lot about because he was buried on the depth chart behind older players like Ryan Hill, Randy Phillips, Jojo Nicholas and even fellow freshman Vaughn Telemaque at safety.

But now that he's been moved to outside linebacker -- where there are plenty of Canes who still need to prove themselves -- the 6-2, 195-pounder might be able to shine. He certainly did in testing. His 308-pound power clean was tied for the sixth strongest on the team. Ramon Buchanon (318) was the only linebacker who was stronger. And Holton's 4.48-speed in the 40 is tied with Buchanon for fastest among linebackers. If Jordan Futch, Arthur Brown or any other guys in front of him falter, look for Holton to be the surprise performer at linebacker.

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this is the info im looking for!

thanks manny.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basketball/heat/sfl-heat-jack-mcclinton-s061709,0,1149888.story

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Sounds like him and Cookie have the physical tools to be stand out LBs. Will they? Who knows. There have certainly been some freaks of nature on this team who have failed miserably on the field lately.

Finally a football update... Keep them coming Manny.

Donna Shalala: Stop with the self-aggrandizing and self-promoting "seats on Boards" . Who cares about the World cup in Miami. Since yiou are so poplitcially connected and can raise $, WHY NOT RAISE ENOUGH $ AND TWEEK A COUPLE OF PEOPLE IN MD-CORAL GABLES AND BUILD UM A FOOTBALL STADIUM IN THE GABLES? I WAS JUST THERE AND I'LL TELL YOU, THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR A 50,000 STADIUM!


BUILD THE CANES A STADIUM!

Manny do you think he needs to put on some lbs to make an impact?

There will never be a football stadium in the Gables. Its just not going to happen. The OB is gone, so embrace the north Dade stadium, we'll be fine there as long as we fill the seats.

I graduated from Wakulla, class of 98'. No 6 on the varsity squad. Damn knees is all I will say. Best of luck to C.J. I don't know you, but will be pulling for you. Got a bunch of cornfed boys from Wakulla that like to bring the "WOOD".

BUILD UM A FOOTBALL STADIUM IN THE GABLES? I WAS JUST THERE AND I'LL TELL YOU, THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR A 50,000 STADIUM!

BUILD THE CANES A STADIUM!

Posted by: BUILD THE CANES A STADIUM! | June 17, 2009 at 07:49 PM

not enough land, access or students to justify an on-campus eyesore …

NIMBY

This guy must be better than Ryan Hill, Randy Phillips, and Jojo Nicholas.

A campus stadium would create a traffic nightmare in the SW. How about building some academic facilities on campus. If they build a stadium it prevents the school from growing in the future.

Thanks for the info Manny.

About time! Just one!!! You're not really gonna drag this out for 60 days are you! Agghh!

Manny, the SS is kickin yer tail these days. Still luv ya, can't wait till you're back on the Canes beat full time! Keep it coming

C.J CAN RUN SIDE LINE TO SIDE LINE AND CAN HIT . HE WILL MAKE OUR LINEBACKERS FASTER AND BETTER I HOPE HE WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY THIS YEAR

CJ. rooting for you all the way to Championship
the Canes will be No. 1, with you on the team

i know cj personally, and ive watched him grow over the years athetically, i know he'll succeed & im sure his position on this list will improve; this man is one of the most determined people i know- he will SHINE!

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