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Miami Football’s 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

Miami Football's 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

Miami 2014 Spring Game
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Al Golden has increased his wins output each of his three seasons in Coral Gables, but is that enough for the fanbase who was accustomed to competing for national championships and sending multiple players to the NFL? These five players will play a big role in determining if the win total increases to double digits and the Hurricanes finally win that elusive ACC Championship or the chair in his office starts to warm up.

5. Stacy Coley, WR

Stacy Coley
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5. Stacy Coley, WR

Stacy Coley
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Stacey Coley led the Hurricanes in all-purpose yards with 1461 and was the only FBS player to score a TD receiving, rushing, kick return and punt return. With the departure of Allen Hurns, the focus in the receiving game turns to this talented sophomore. Look for him to have a significant increase to the 33 receptions 591 yards season -- that's if the new quarterback, whomever he is, can utilize him.

4. Dallas Crawford, DB

Dallas Crawford
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4. Dallas Crawford, DB

Dallas Crawford
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One thing is constant for Dallas Crawford since enrolling at the "U" -- change. Recruited as a safety, he made the most of the red shirt year and was named scout team defensive player of the year. He was later moved to running back after Duke Johnson broke his ankle, and was recently moved back to defense despite the lack of RB depth. Despite the learning curve, coaches are confident that Crawford will do fine at his "new" old position.

3. Chad Thomas, DE

Chad Thomas, DE
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3. Chad Thomas, DE

Chad Thomas, DE
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Coming from the storied Booker T. Washington High in Miami, Chad Thomas brings a lot of accolades, awards and hype with him to Miami. With there being experience on the defensive line, Miami may only need him as a situational pass rusher, but if he is able to give them anything more, watch out!

2. Gus Edwards, RB

Gus Edwards
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2. Gus Edwards, RB

Gus Edwards
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It looks as if Gus Edwards is the last man standing out of the running back triage unit. Duke Johnson and early enrollee Joseph Yearby are still recovering from previous injuries, but Edwards should not be seen as a last resort. In 2013, he rushed for 338 yards along with five touchdowns and provides enough of a backfield threat that the coaches moved last season's star Dallas Crawford back to defense.

1. Kevin Olsen, QB

Kevin Olsen
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1. Kevin Olsen, QB

Kevin Olsen
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With the season ending injury to prospective starter Ryan Williams, the Hurricanes are in need of a new quarterback to replace the new quarterback. With the opportunity their, many hope that his spring game performance -- 7-of-21 for 65 yards and one interception -- is not indicative of what is to come from the position. If not this could be the determining factor in Golden losing his job.