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Eight Canes headed to NFL combine

Some news and notes including NFL Draft info provided by UM's sports info office:

> Eight former Hurricanes -- defensive end Allen Bailey, kicker/punter Matt Bosher, running back Damien Berry, running back Graig Cooper, receiver Leonard Hankerson, offensive tackle Orlando Franklin, linebacker Colin McCarthy and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke -- have been invited to represent UM at the 2011 NFL Combine from Feb. 23 through March 1 in Indianapolis, Ind.

According to Scouts.Inc, Bailey heads the class of draft prospects and is currently projected as a first round selection -- going as high as the top 15. He currently ranks 27th. Orlando Franklin is listed as the top offensive guard in the draft and the 49th overall prospect (2nd round).

McCarthy is the 88th best prospect and the ninth-rated outside linebacker. Hankerson and Cooper come in as the 145th and 148th best prospects, although ESPN experts disagree on Hankerson. Mel Kiper has Hankerson rated as the top senior wide receiver and someone he expects to be selected behind juniors that may come out early at the position.

> Offensive lineman Joel Figueroa, who played in only three games this season and who has battled shoulder problems throughout his career, is applying for a sixth year of NCAA eligibility.

> Junior cornerback Brandon Harris, who said he would decide whether or not he is leaving school early for the NFL, is rated as the 32nd best prospect, right on the first round bubble, by Scouts.Inc. He is considered the fourth best junior cornerback by Kiper.

> Senior cornerback Ryan Hill, fullback Pat Hill and defensive tackle Josh Holmes have not been chosen for the NFL Combine, but could still receive an invite at a later date.

> UM has tentatively scheduled its 2011 Pro Day workouts for March 10 at the Greentree Practice Fields.

> I spoke with national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming last night who told me the Hurricanes are looking two sign two quarterbacks in their 2011 class out of these four: Stanford commitment Kevin Hogan (6-4, 200, Washington, D.C. area), North Carolina commitment Marquise Williams (6-3, 218, Charlotte Mallard Creek), Iowa commitment Jake Rudock (6-3, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.) and Palm Beach Dwyer High's Jacoby Brissett (6-5, 225).

> New UM defensive coordinator Mark D'onofrio will meet reporters at UM today after 1 p.m. Stay tuned from updates. I'll be there.

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