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Carey the man on the line -- and he's OK with that

Updated: August 27, 2003, 6:10 PM ET
By Ryan Hockensmith | ESPN The Magazine

In big white letters, the jersey would have said "OK" on the back. Not "Carey." Just "60" on the front, and "OK" on the back.

Not for Oklahoma, either, though at 6-foot-5, 355 pounds, Vernon Carey might look a little like the Sooner State. No, Hurricanes coaches thought that's what the massive offensive lineman was this spring -- just OK. Mediocre. Not the tackle-plowing, pancake-blocking machine they recruited out of Northwestern HS in Miami, or that they saw in spurts at Canes practices.

He ...

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