Another day, another player to examine in our countdown of the Top 60 players at the University of Miami. Today, it's No. 42 on our list: Defensive end Steven Wesley, who is still looking for his first career sack despite starting 11 games last season. Wesley could find the wait go even longer if he doesn't watch out for some hard-charging young players behind him.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '06: As a three-year starter at Bartow High, Wesley starred as a defensive end and tight end. As a senior, he made 70 tackles, six sacks and one interception and caught 10 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Rivals.com rated him the 15th-best defensive end in the country. Scout had him 30th and ESPN had him 38th. Wesley chose UM over Mississippi, Ohio State and Alabama.
> What he's done as a Cane: After being redshirted in 2006 and recording just six tackles as a sophomore in 2007, Wesley stepped him game up in 2008. He started 11 games and made 21 tackles -- three for loss. It wasn't a spectacular season, but it was steady. This spring, despite being beat out for a first team spot by freshman Olivier Vernon, Wesley had three tackles. His weight room numbers are pretty good compared to others. Wesley tied Vernon for the sixth strongest power clean lift on the team at 308 pounds (tied for second among defensive ends). Wesley also squats 440 pounds -- third among defensive linemen.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: If you break up UM's defensive ends by what they are good at, Wesley is probably the second best end at stopping the run. He and Ojomo are looked at as solid, run-stopping ends on the edge. The issue with Wesley is if he'll ever become more than that. Ojomo showed improvement rushing the passer last season. With Vernon impressing in the spring and the return of veteran Eric Moncur from injury, Wesley could see his playing time diminish if he doesn't step up his game. Either way, Wesley should still see some action in UM's deep rotation. It will be up to him exactly how much.