Time to keep the countdown of the Top 60 players at UM rolling. Today, we take a look at No. 55 on our list: Senior Richard Gordon. For all the players who have switched positions at UM (Devin Hester, Ryan Hill, etc) few have moved as often as Gordon, who has resembled more of a pawn than a football player in his career.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '05: Gordon was a two-way standout at Miami Norland, catching passes at tight end and receiver and providing pressure on the quarterback as a defensive end. An athlete who also competed in basketball and track, he was selected to the now-defunct CaliFlorida Bowl in '04 before going to Milford Prep, where he was tabbed as the sixth best prep school in the country by Rivals.com.
> What he's done as a Cane: Gordon might have played more positions than any other player at UM, moving from tight end to defensive end, back to tight end and even returning kicks for the Canes in 2007. None of the experiments have really worked out. In 36 games at UM, he's made four catches for 32 yards and returned five kicks. His biggest contribution to date has been blocking a punt in UM's 20-14 win over UCF last season. Gordon had one catch for four yards in the spring.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: With Dedrick Epps out indefinitely (or rather, we have no idea when he'll be back for sure), Gordon is the only available tight end with any level of college playing experience. He'll basically be the band-aid for UM at the position until Epps returns or someone else emerges. Former basketball player Jimmy Graham (not in our Top 60 because I haven't seen him on a football field) could unseat Gordon if he can run routes better than Gordon, who has struggled to do so his entire career at UM. At best, I see Gordon making a few more catches than he has in the past and being a contributor on special teams.