Hope and concern: Miami

The hope and concern series continues today with Miami.

Biggest reason for hope: Strength up front

The offensive line will have a veteran look, led by senior center Tyler Horn, senior guard Harland Gunn and junior guard Brandon Washington, and if Seantrel Henderson is a backup? That’s some legitimate depth. With nine of the top 10 players returning and Joel Figueroa granted a sixth season of eligibility, this should be one of Miami’s better lines in recent years. Defensively, Miami was good last year and should be even better this season with juniors and seniors leading the way. Adewale Ojomo, Marcus Robinson, Micanor Regis, Marcus Forston and Olivier Vernon should prove to be one of the best defensive lines in the ACC.

Biggest reason for concern: Uncertainty at quarterback

The fact that Al Golden still doesn’t know who his starting quarterback will be for the season opener should be unsettling to fans, as should the fact that Miami quarterbacks combined for 27 interceptions last year. Whether it’s Jacory Harris or Stephen Morris, Miami needs a dependable leader to emerge this summer. Harris had 15 interceptions to 14 touchdowns last year, and it seems as if he’s never been the same since he’s suffered various injuries over the past few years. Both quarterbacks made progress this spring, but not enough was revealed in the spring game to convince anyone that 2011 will be any different or better than last year.

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