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UM debuts at No. 13 in Associated Press poll

All I have to say is: Nailed it!

The Miami Hurricanes will enter the 2010 season ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll. As a first year voter in the poll, I had the Canes 13th

Does that mean that is where I think they'll finish? Not necessarily. This team is obviously very talented and has an opportunity to climb. As a fan, that's all you could ask for. Six of the AP's preseason Top 25 teams are on Miami's schedule this year: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 15 Pitt, No. 16 Georgia Tech, No. 18 North Carolina and No. 20 Florida State.

It marks the 22nd time since 1983 the ‘Canes have earned a preseason Top 25 ranking by the AP. The Hurricanes rank 16th in the country with 28 total appearances in the AP’s preseason poll since 1936.

The ‘Canes were also ranked No. 13 in the USA Today Preseason poll which was released earlier this month.

Last season, Miami opened the year unranked in the AP poll and finished at No. 19 after a 9-4 campaign. The last time the `Canes opened the season ranked this high was 2006, when UM was voted No. 11 in the coaches' poll and No. 12 in the AP poll. It also marks the ninth time in the last 12 years UM earned an AP preseason ranking.

> Senior Matt Bosher was named to the 2010 preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s top kicker by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Bosher earned first team All-ACC honors as a kicker and second team All-ACC honors as a punter in 2009. He connected on 14-of-16 field goals and ended the season making 12 in a row, which is the second-best streak in school history in a career and in a single-season. He also has made 90 consecutive extra-point attempts, which also is the third-best streak in a career at Miami. He was a semifinalist for the Groza Award as a sophomore in 2008 after going 18-of-20 in field goals and earning second team All-ACC honors.

Bosher has a career success percentage of 88.9 percent in field goals. He enters the 2010 season as the most accurate returning kicker in the nation having made 32-of-36 field goals attempts.