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Top 60 Countdown: No. 44, RB Lee Chambers

Time to move forward again in our countdown of the Top 60 players at the University of Miami. We examine No. 44: Sophomore running back Lee Chambers. The Canes have had a crowded backfield the past few years and Chambers hasn't had much room to shine. He finally did in the Emerald Bowl. But will he work harder to earn more time now that Mike James and Lamar Miller are joining the shuffle?

Sophmore running back Lee Chambers has more competition this fall. Will he step up or fall back with Mike James and Lamar Miller in the fold? > What we heard about him on Signing Day '07: Chambers picked the Hurricanes over Alabama, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi. At Coffeyville High in Mississippi, Chambers finished his senior season with 1,325 yards and 19 touchdowns. That followed a junior season in which he ran for 1,543 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also played defense -- linebacker and safety -- and had 57 tackles, one sack and one interception return for a score. ESPN and Scout.com both loved Chambers' breakaway speed on the edge and rated him 9th nationally at his position. Rivals thought less of him and tabbed him a three-star recruit.

> What he's done as a Cane: Chambers played in four games -- all on special teams -- as a true freshman before going down with an injury and being granted a medical redshirt. He remained behind Graig Cooper, Javarris James and Derron Thomas on the depth chart last season before catching everyone's attention in the Emerald Bowl with several big bursts when he finished with 60 yards on nine carries. He played in five games, but didn't really carry the ball much other than against UCF when he finished with four carries for 31 yards. He has a total of 18 carries for 119 yards in his young career. He missed the spring with a shoulder injury.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Chambers is another talented player who could either end up being a major contributor because of injury, or another player that possibly ends up switching positions or transferring because he can't get on the field. The speed and burst we saw in the Emerald Bowl screams of talent. But there is a reason he didn't earn more carries last season when Javarris James was out with an injury.

Coach Randy Shannon made some interesting comments about Chambers during one of his press conferences after the Emerald Bowl: ""We'd like to get him more reps. But it's going to be up to him," Shannon said. "The one thing you always got to remember about young guys is some young guys can handle success and some guys can't." Not sure what Shannon was exactly hinting at, but it smells like maybe Chambers might not be doing all the things he has to. He better now. Mike James made his presence felt this spring. Lamar Miller could be the next. If Chambers hopes to play running back for the Canes, he has to breakout now.

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