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Top 60 Countdown: No. 16, DE Eric Moncur

As we move inside the Sweet 16 of our Top 60 countdown of the best players at the University of Miami, we take a look at the Canes' senior citizen -- defensive end Eric Moncur. Few players have had to endure as much as Moncur has in the past 12 months. But if he can bounce back, he should be a great veteran influence on a UM defense that sorely needs one.

Eric Moncur > What we heard about him on Signing Day '03: Crazy as it is to hear, Moncur was actually part of the Canes 2003 Signing Class. That group included Jon Beason, Devin Hester, Kyle Wright, Greg Olsen, Darnell Jenkins, Tavares Gooden and the late Bryan Pata. What's even crazier is there's only one guy still at UM who came in from the class after him -- defensive tackle Joe Joseph. Back in '03 when Moncur was a senior at Carol City, most believed he was the best defensive end in the state. He made 90 tackles and 14 sacks his final season. That followed up a junior year that featured 92 tackles and 20 sacks. He picked UM over Florida, Ohio State, Florida State and Georgia.

> What he's done as a Cane: Grandpa -- as his teammates now refer to him -- has played in 36 games in his career and has 10 sacks to go with 105 career tackles. But when you look at Moncur's career, it has been full of either highs or lows. It took him an extra semester to get into UM in 2003, and a after redshirt year in 2004, he was named to the Freshman All-ACC team in 2005. In 2006, he made three starts before a knee injury sidelined him for two games. When he came back, he was a backup to Baraka Atkins the rest of the year. In 2007, he started eight games and tied for second on the team with six sacks including a big play on Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis in the win over the Blue Devils. Last year, he never recovered from an early season injury and endured the death of his mother, playing in just four games. Now, he's coming back for what is really his seventh year (6th in terms of eligibility) at Miami, hoping to contribute any way he can.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: The 6-2, 250-pound senior talked at CanesFest about how blessed he feels to be given another chance. In a lot of ways, the Hurricanes are blessed to have Moncur back. With so many young talented players on the defensive line, is a better teacher and teammate for guys like Marcus Robinson, Adewale Ojomo, Olivier Vernon, Andrew Smith, Allen Bailey and Marcus Forston. Moncur said this might be the most scary defensive line he has ever played on. If he can stay healthy and be one of the many weapons who creates pressure on opposing quarterbacks, he'll make it even scarier.

As we move inside the Top 15, I figured it would be good to remind you who has already made an appearance and where.

No. 16: DE Eric Moncur
No. 17: WR Travis Benjamin
No. 18: RB Javarris James
No. 19: TE Dedrick Epps
No. 20: CB Brandon Harris
No. 21: C A.J. Trump
No. 22: DE Adewale Ojomo
No. 23: DT Joe Joseph
No. 24: LB Darryl Sharpton
No. 25: RB Mike James
No. 26: CB Demarcus Van Dyke
No. 27: DB Ryan Hill
No. 28: CB Brandon McGee
No. 29: LB Ramon Buchanon
No. 30: CB Sam Shields
No. 31: S Jojo Nicolas
No. 32: OL Joel Figueroa
No. 33: WR Kendall Thompkins
No. 34: LB Jordan Futch
No. 35: WR Tommy Streeter
No. 36: DT Micanor Regis
No. 37: WR Leonard Hankerson
No. 38: CB Chavez Grant
No. 39: LB Arthur Brown
No. 40: S Ray Ray Armstrong
No. 41: WR Davon Johnson
No. 42: DE Steven Wesley
No. 43: OT Matt Pipho
No. 44: RB Lee Chambers
No. 45: DE Olivier Vernon
No. 46: DE Andrew Smith
No. 47: QB Taylor Cook
No. 48: RB Damien Berry
No. 49: OL Harland Gunn
No. 50: OL Brandon Washington
No. 51: FB Patrick Hill
No. 52: DL Jeremy Lewis
No. 53: OL Ben Jones
No. 54: OL Jermaine Johnson
No. 55: TE Richard Gordon
No. 56: DT Josh Holmes
No. 57: DE Gavin Hardin
No. 58: DB Jamal Reid
No. 59: OL Tyler Horn
No. 60: LB C.J. Holton