There is little doubt the most intriguing position battle on the team starting Aug. 6 will take place at quarterback between senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris.
And they continue our Canes Top 40 Countdown...
16. QB Jacory Harris (6-4, 195, Sr.): He's already second all-time in touchdown passes (50) at UM and will likely pass Heisman winner Gino Torretta for second place in yards (7,690) and completions (555) by the time his career comes to an end. Harris currently has 6,340 career passing yards and 508 completions. The big question is will Jacory stop throwing interceptions? He has 39 in his career, most ever by a UM quarterback. Last year, he started the first eight games of the season before a concussion sidelined him for three games and opened the door for Morris. This spring, Jacory looked a little better than Morris running Jedd Fisch's offense. But he wasn't spectacular either. In the team's first scrimmage, Harris completed 14 of 21 pass attempts for 120 yards and a touchdown. In the second game, he went 18 of 26 for 237 yards, 2 TDs and one pick. In the spring game, he finished 18 for 30 for 149 yards and two interceptions.
17. QB Stephen Morris (6-2, 210, So.): Played in six games, starting four as a true freshman. He threw for 1,240 yards on 82-of-153 passing, but had nine interceptions compared to seven TDs. He was named ACC Rookie of the week after leading a comeback win over Maryland, completing a touchdown pass with 37 seconds remaining to seal the victory. He wasn't great this spring. He 7 of 13 passes for 93 yards and a 13-yard touchdown in the first scrimmage and ran for a 20-yard touchdown. In the second scrimmage, he went 9 of 14 for 146 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. In the spring game, he went 14 of 22 for 140 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs.
18. LB Jordan Futch (6-3, 235, Sr.): It's amazing to think Futch, a highly touted recruit out of Hollywood Chaminade, is already a senior. The sad part is, injuries have marred most of his career. He has 12 career tackles -- six last year after playing in 12 games, mostly on special teams. The good news is it looks like he'll play a much bigger role this season, potentially as the team's starting middle linebacker. He shined brightly in first spring scrimmage, leading the team with nine tackles and two sacks, a real bright spot for Futch, who had switched to tight end before the bowl because he wasn't getting a real opportunity to play at linebacker. He had six tackles and two sacks in the second scrimmage, including a big hit on former tailback Storm Johnson.
19. Aldarius Johnson (6-3, 205, Sr.): A standout at Miami Northwestern, Aldarius delivered upon arrival as a freshman. He had 31 catches for 322 yards and three touchdown catches, starring as the team's leading receiver. He's been in and out of lost and found ever since. Over the last two season scombined, he has 31 catches for 466 yards and one touchdown. With Leonard Hankerson gone, Travis Benjamin and LaRon Byrd appear to be in prime position to take over as the team's primary pass catchers. But don't count Aldarius out yet. He has oodles of chemistry with Jacory Harris. And if he takes football seriously -- especially since he'll be playing to impress the NFL -- he could have a monster season.
20. TE Asante Cleveland (6-5, 255, So.): The Sacramento native made a rather large impact as a freshman last season, hauling in key third down passes among the eight balls he caught for 110 yards. He appeared in 12 games, starting two. An injury that kept him out this spring might have set him back and opened the door for Clive Walford and Chase Ford to impress UM's new coaches. But I suspect when he gets back on the field this fall, it won't take coach Al Golden long to realize Cleveland's skill set is the best on the team at tight end.