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Top 60 Countdown: No. 49, OL Harland Gunn

As we move deeper into our countdown of the Top 60 players at Miami, we look at No. 49: Offensive lineman Harland Gunn, who came to UM highly regarded and is looking to finally deliver this season as a redshirt sophomore.

> What we heard about him on Signing Day '07: Gunn attended the same high school in Omaha -- Central High -- as Gale Sayers, Ahman Green, Calvin Jones and Keith Jones. He was tabbed as the nation's No. 8 center by Rivals.com, the sixth best guard by Scout.com and the 63rd best player -- regardless of position -- by the same website. When the 6-2, 313-pound Gunn chose UM over Nebraska in their own backyard, the Canes believed they had a steal.

Harland Gunn > What he's done as a Cane: Until this spring, Gunn was basically an invisible man on UM's offensive line depth chart. He was redshirted his freshman season and didn't get out of scout team duties in his second season either. Gunn was passed up on the depth chart by a player not nearly as highly regarded as him (Joel Figueroa). But now, Gunn appears ready to start making some noise. This spring with Figueroa out, Gunn saw a lot of time at both guard positions alongside Orlando Franklin and is expected to compete with Figueroa for a starting job in the fall. There is no questioning Gunn's abilities in the weight room, he has the strongest bench (425) and squat (600) on the team. His 330-pound power clean is the third best on the team behind Allen Bailey (375) and Eric Moncur (340).

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Some players simply are late bloomers. The Hurricanes are hoping that is the case with Gunn. After two years of anonymity, Gunn needs to emerge from the pack and put his strength to use in the ground game. Outside of Jason Fox (36 starts) and Orlando Franklin (14 starts), there isn't a ton of experience on UM's offensive line. If Gunn can start delivering on the field -- and not just the weight room -- Miami's offense will obviously benefit. But if he gets passed up by Figueroa again or even freshman Brandon Washington, then it will be hard not to consider him another promising Canes recruit who turned out to be a bust. Ultimately, though, I see Gunn sharing the workload inside with Washington and Figueroa. 

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