As we move ahead in our countdown of the Top 60 players at UM, we hit No. 21: Center A.J. Trump. The senior has been hampered by injuries in his career, but will be counted on heavily heading into his senior season.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '05: At Clearwater Central Catholic, Trump was a two-way playing stud. His senior season he started at left tackle and racked up 81 tackles, 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss while playing at defensive end, defensive tackle and middle linebacker. He was selected to the CaliFlorida Bowl and rated the No. 8 offensive guard prospect in the country by Rivals.com and the 27th best offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com. He chose UM over Notre Dame and Florida.
> What he's done as a Cane: After being redshirted as a freshman in 2005, Trump saw action in six games at both center and left guard in 2006 until he went down with a knee injury against Virginia. Trump tried coming back in 2007, but just wasn't the same and he played just once in the opener before sitting out the rest of the year. Last season, he started in 10 games at both guard positions. Now, he'll enter his fifth and final season at UM as the leading candidate to start at center. At 6-3, 300 pounds, he is the third most experienced player on UM's line and will be the fourth different center to start in the last four years.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: When it comes to pushing the pile, Trump can do it. His strength numbers (370 bench, 485 squat) rank in the Top 10 on the team and are stronger than each of his offensive line mates -- except for Harland Gunn and Orlando Franklin. Bottomline is UM needs Trump to have a stellar senior season. There are too many young and inexperienced guys behind him. Losing him at center would be a huge blow to the line.