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Jacory's security guards have some big bodies

Tyler Horn likes to think of himself as the ultimate big brother. With five younger sisters -- ages 20, 14, 13, 9 and 8 -- he almost has no choice.

"I'm pretty protective by nature," Horn said. "I have a sister who turns 15 in December. She's talking to guys, so I kind of wish I was back home to check those guys out, make sure they're OK. I feel like I could kind of use my size to intimidate them."

Horn, who enters fall camp as the team's starting center, pretty much feels the same way about quarterback Jacory Harris

Although last season Horn (6-4, 305) hardly saw the field, he's well aware of the pounding Harris took last season. UM quarterbacks were sacked 35 times. Harris took the brunt of the pain. He took a hard hit on his throwing elbow against Florida State, hurt his thumb when he banged it against an opposing players' helmet at North Carolina and tweaked his ankle in the bowl loss to Wisconsin.

While the Hurricanes do bring back four linemen with starting experience, the overall feeling about UM's offensive line is that it is still very young and experienced. 

What there is, however, is plenty of size and potential. Coach Randy Shannon has said this might collectively be the biggest offensive line he's ever seen at UM. 

He's not lying. After Friday morning's practice, several of UM's big men had a hard time squeezing into the waiting ice baths. At one point, Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 350) and Malcolm Bunche (6-7, 328) had one of the five available rubber pools overflowing by themselves (usually you see at least three big players sharing a pool).

"Those are some big boys," said Harland Gunn (6-2, 315), who noticed the commotion when another big man failed to squeeze in with Bunche and Henderson and was forced out. "Maybe, a little too big."

> Gunn, who was last year's bench press champion in the spring, said he lost his title this spring to Bunche, who chimed in with a 435-pound lift.

> Left guard Brandon Washington said he's shed about 15 pounds from the end of last season and is weighing about 325. "When I first got here last year, I was 340 pounds. I was sluggish," Washington said. "I definitely feel a difference now."

Washington said he made a commitment to a new diet -- baked chicken, vegetables, brown rice and water. He said he also stopped drinking Gatorade.

> After their second practice in shorts, the Hurricanes will hold an open practice for season-ticket holders in shorts and shells (helmets and shoulder pads) at 8 a.m. Saturday.

> Be sure to check out Susan Miller Degnan's feature in Saturday's paper on Marcus Forston.

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Manny - great stuff...Ok, we got some beef...let's make some holes, protect JH...Give the defense a rest...play-action passes deep...sounds like we might be able to get some god things accomplished, IF the O-LINE is truly NASTY and UGLY to opposing DLINES, LBs. The success of this CANE team lies heavily on this group's shoulders. I'm in ATL, and I'm coming to see the FSU game...cannot wait to ge this season started!

wht number is seantrel henderson?

Thanks Manny. I knew Bunche would get up there in the weight room stats (his mom is a competitive lifter I believe), but didn't think it would happen so soon.

Why can't the Canes be the Dolphins Triple A team?!

If Henderson is in shape, that is huge. You have to think this guy could be starting by the second week.

If he is as good as advertised, I don't see why he can't help this offensive line, that stuggled in our losses last season, let's face it. Henderson could be a major addition. Let's hope.

That would have been hilarious to see Bunche and Henderson in the ice pool.. lol..

Good to hear about our big boys. They're stronger and more agile than ever. And we have enough experience to take care of business.

Manny, why did all you reporters keep asking the OL what they thought of Jacory's calling them his "fat boys", asking them how did they feel about it, as if you're trying to start an argument?

Everyone knows the OL have nicknames about their size. This is nothing new.

That's right B. Don't drink that Gator poison!!!

Powerade baby!

Manny, I just read your previous blob and I see how you used the nicknames. I gotchu.

Cant wait to see Kendall Thompkins in the slot finally and Lamar Miller break 1 for 80. Speed kills and we are back to our glory days. Sept 11 a catergory 6 hurricane is heading for Columbus Ohio and i cant wait to get our revenge...


First!

Dang , this one post said he is coming from Atlanta to see a game . Now that's a fan!If every UM fan went to one game we would over flow that stadium week in and week out. I drive over 600 miles round trip to EVERY home game and as many away games as I can Squeeze in. I even go to the CANESFEST and will be at the invitation only (season tic holders) on sat. That means I will leave my house at 2:30 A.M. and not get home until about 2:00 P.M. If you guy's live within 1 hour there should be NO EXCUSE not to support OUR team!

So I Have Been Following The Canes Since 81. I am Convincced That At Least These Two College Football Staples Originated With The Cames.
1 The Term Swagger
We Here It All The Time But It Started With The Canes
2 Four Fingers Up At The Fourth Quarter
I Am Positive This Started At The U

Any Disputes Of This?

The AMERICANE and the NWFLCANE will be in Columbus to see the destruction of all buckeye fans. We are driving over 15 hours to see it happen been awhile and there's a storm of biblical proportions heading north and we will bee there!!!!!!

BRANDON WASHINGTON. ANOTHER GOOD REMEDY FOR MAINTAINING YOUR WEIGHT AND KEEPING GREAT STAMINA, IS EARLY IN THE MORNING BEFORE YOU EAT ANYTHING. TAKE FOUR TABLE SPOONS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR , TWO TABLE SPOONS OF HONEY, OR AGAVE NECTAR(GOOD FOR DIABETICS) MIX IN A GLASS OF WARM WATER AND WOW, ALL NATURAL ENERGY. FOR PAINS IN THE LEGS OR ARMS. TRYING RUBBING THEM WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IN THE MORNING AND BEFORE YOU GO TO BED. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE A NEW BORN BABY. I CAN DO EVERYTHING AT MY PRESENT AGE, THAT I USED TO DO AT AGE 22 YEARS. QUITE A WHILE AGO. TRY IT AND I CAN ASSURE YOU. YOU'LL NEVER STOP. HAVE A GREAT DAY. GOD BLESS YOU. HOSEA 4:6 DANIEL 11:32 JEREMIAH 32:27

The AMERICANE and the NWFLCANE will be there to see the destruction of all buckeye fans. There is a storm coming to blow the shoe down!!! It will be a storm of biblical proportions the likes of GOD has never seen, so look Ohio.

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