ACC breakout players: Miami

The series continues today with Miami ...

A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: Players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Miami:

Tommy Streeter, WR: He's got good speed for a 6-foot-5, 215-pound receiver, but he's fallen short of expectations as one of heralded recruits out of Miami Northwestern in the class of 2008. Part of that can be attributed to a wrist injury he suffered his freshman year which set him back and led to a redshirt season, but he has underachieved in each of the past two seasons. He played in eight games last year and started one, against Maryland, and finished the season with one catch -- a 42-yard touchdown against Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl. Streeter had a good spring and earned the confidence of coach Al Golden, but he's still got work to do this summer in order to reach his potential this fall.

JoJo Nicolas, CB: The converted safety had a good spring and will give the Canes a physical presence in the secondary. His experience at safety should help him with run support as a boundary corner. He started 10 games at safety last year and finished with 36 tackles. He also had two tackles for loss and two pass breakups. One thing Miami learned this spring is that Nicolas can help them at his new position, and as a redshirt senior, he's ready to leave his mark.

More in this series: