CB Antrel Rolle

2003 Statistics

Coach: Larry Coker
35-3, 3 years
2003 Record: 11-2
at Louisiana Tech WON 48-9
at Boston College WON 33-14
at Florida State WON 22-14
at Virginia Tech LOST 7-31
at Pittsburgh WON 28-14
Florida State WON 16-14

2003 Final Rankings
AP-5, Coaches-5, BCS-9

2004 Outlook

Miami has had great quarterbacks, and sooner than later Kyle Wright will be the next in line. But to answer the biggest question of all, we expect Brock Berlin to remain the starter. The coaching staff will choose experience over the hype for the opener against Florida State, hoping Berlin can pick up right where he left off. Sometimes a player needs to hit the proverbial bottom before bouncing back, and Berlin seems too much of a talent to be sitting on the sidelines.

This year's starting unit is less secure than any the Hurricanes have had going back a few years. There are no question marks in terms of talent, but with so many positions to fill, there are some experience issues and positional rotations Miami fans should expect to see. Panicking yet? Never fear. Hurricane coaches do a tremendous job of getting the best talent on the field and as a result, have historically accepted some of the growing pains in terms of discipline and missed assignments that accompany this strategy. While there are teams in America that recruit as well as the Miami, nobody develops talent faster or better.

Every Miami season starts and ends with the goal of winning a national championship. Haters for years have complained that not playing in a major conference was a reason for the team's success. This year, that question will begin to be put to the test with the team joining the ACC. Playing in a new conference may have an effect on the Canes in a few years after rivalries (save FSU) have been built, but this schedule seems an overall downgrade. Basically, some middle tier ACC teams have replaced bigger-named opponents like Florida and Tennessee. However, the home schedule does include Florida State, Virginia Tech and an impressive-looking, (Tommy) Bowden-led Clemson team.

The Canes only seem down, for most would love to have their problems. On paper this group looks one-year away from being a major contender, but with a winnable schedule and the right bounces and strategic moves by coach Larry Coker, 2004 could prove to be an early surprise. This team will surely look Top 10-caliber, but whether they achieve their usual Top 5 look is really the question we and most have.

Projected 2004 record: 9-2
QB - 3 DL - 4.5
RB - 4 LB - 4
WR - 4 DB - 4.5
OL - 4.5 ..

Passing: Brock Berlin, 352-211-17, 2419 yds., 12 TD

Rushing: Tyrone Moss, 107 att., 511 yds., 5 TD

Receiving: Ryan Moore, 44 rec., 637 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Jon Peattie, 22-28 FG, 37-37 PAT, 103 pts.

Punting: Brian Monroe, 49 punts, 35.7 avg.

Kicking: Jon Peattie, 22-28 FG, 37-37 PAT, 51 long

Tackles: Thomas Carroll, 51 tot., 14 solo, 4 TFL

Sacks: Javon Nanton, 8 sacks

Interceptions: Antrell Rolle, 2 for 45 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Devin Hester, 18 ret., 28.7 avg., 1 TD

Punt Returns: Roscoe Parrish, 23 ret., 10.4 avg., 1 TD


OT Eric Winston

Senior quarterback Brock Berlin connected on 10 of 16 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown to lead the University of Miami offense to a 31-10 win over the Hurricane defense in front of an estimated crowd of over 10,000 fans at the 2004 CanesFest Spring Scrimmage at the Orange Bowl. The elaborate scoring system gave the offense one point for a first down, three points for a field goal and six points for a touchdown. The defense was given one point for forcing a 3-and-out, six points for forcing a turnover and 10 points for scoring a defensive touchdown. Berlin solidified his position as the Hurricanes starting quarterback leading the offense to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns including a 59-yard touchdown strike to Darnell Jenkins early in the period. Overall the Hurricane quarterbacks were impressive completing 23 of 45 attempts for 321 yards including a touchdown and an interception. The main targets on the day were the tight end trio of Buck Ortega, Kevin Everett and Greg Olsen. The three combined to catch 14 passes for 193 yards. Coker was also pleased with the play of punter Brian Monroe who averaged 43.0 yards per punt on the day. Miami's defense dominated the opening three quarters of the scrimmage allowing the offense just seven first downs while recording one interception and four sacks. Miami's offense was only able to move into the defense's side of the field three times prior to the fourth quarter. Five separate members of the UM defensive line recorded sacks including Santonio Thomas, Baraka Atkins, Kareem Brown, Vegas Franklin and Alton Wright.


B. Berlin, 16-10-0, 185 yds.
D. Crudup, 12-7-1, 69 yds.
K. Wright, 13-6-0, 67 yds.


T. Moss, 13 att., 95 yds.
Q. Hill, 7 att., 20 yds.


B. Ortega, 6 rec., 89 yds.
K. Everett, 6 rec., 54 yds.


W. Cooper, 8 total
J. Tolliver, 6 total

Tanard Davis - 1 int.

OFFENSE: Kevin Beard-WR, Vernon Carey-OG, Carlos Joseph-OT, Jarrett Payton-TB, Jason Geathers-WR, Kellen Winslow-TE (NFL)
DEFENSE: D.J. Williams-WLB, Jonathan Vilma-MLB, Darrell McClover-SLB, Maurice Sikes-SS, Alfonso Marshall-CB, John Square-DE, Vince Wilfork-DT (NFL), Sean Taylor-FS (NFL)

Who will win the starting quarterback job? Heralded transfer Brock Berlin had a dramatic start to his first season as the starter, but ended by throwing 17 interceptions to only 12 touchdowns. Brock's struggles are not because of his physical skills, but the unfortunate timeliness of his poor decision-making. So, now into the picture comes another top-notch recruit in Kyle Wright. Although he is neither game-tested nor does he have Berlin's arm strength, he does offer more in terms of size and fan appeal. He is the new guy, and the fans always love the new guy, especially when the old guy is just coming off a two-loss effort - that's, like, a disaster in Coral Gables. The third-stringer is Derrick Crudup, whose run-first mentality doesn't fit very well into the offensive scheme.

Running Back
Whether or not Frank Gore is ready after a second ACL injury, Miami will again have tremendous talent at running back. Sophomore Tyrone Moss became the man with big games late in the '03 campaign. He is not a speed back, but has extraordinary balance and strength to punish defenders. If Gore returns anywhere near to his previous form, he will provide a fantastic one-two punch in the backfield. While Moss likes to bowl you over, Gore uses his vision and superior cutting ability to make yards. The offensive scheme asks for the fullbacks to block and make plays in the passing game. Both Quadtrine Hill and Kyle Cobia struggled at this, so bruising Talib Humphrey will get his shot after suffering an injury last season.

Wide Receiver
This is the most unpredictable position on the team. Ryan Moore is coming off a strong freshman campaign. He is consistent in his route-running and receiving ability, but is not the game-breaker the team needs. There are three near clone-like playmakers in Roscoe Parrish, Devin Hester and Sinorice Moss. Parrish and Hester are two of college football's most electrifying players, but Hester has had a difficult time grasping the Miami offense, while Parrish is under-sized and often punished physically, especially when going over the middle. Moss is the best run-blocker of the three, but he is also under-sized and has shown a pension to drop passes. The wildcard will be Akieem Jolla, who needs to get through disciplinary problems and focus again on football. As a freshman, Jolla showed flashes of greatness with his ability to run after the catch, but if he doesn't get his head on straight, someone will quickly take his spot.

Tight End
The coaches are excited about Kevin Everrett, the apparent heir in the legacy of great Miami tight ends. After an embarrassing drop against Virginia Tech, Everett rebounded strong mentally by season's end. Physically, he is an impressive combination of 6'7 size and sub 4.5-40 speed.

Offensive Line
Who would have thought Miami would become a breeding ground for successful offensive line play? This momentum should continue behind tackle Eric Winston, who is poised to have an All-American season. After moving from tight end last year, the 6'7 Winston quickly grew into his new role and won all-conference honors. Rashad Butler, the other tackle, is an athletic player with some consistency problems that will surely improve under line coach Art Kehoe's guidance. Inside, 350-pound stud Andrew Bain will use his fancy footwork to start. The question is: whom will he replace among some talented returnees? Guard Chris Myers was solid but can improve his run-blocking skills. There will be a hotly contested battle between transfer Tyler McMeans, Alex Pou, and Derrick Morse. Of the three, McMeans is the biggest, Morse the strongest, and Pou has the overall best skills. Center Joel Rodriguez returns after an injury late in the year, and there are questions whether he will get his starting spot back or whether one of the afore-mentioned guards will move over to center. Spring will tell much.

The positions are in place for Miami to turn around their offensive struggles. The key will be what happens at quarterback. Do not be fooled when new offensive coordinator, Dan Warner, promises a more open passing playbook - while this may increase the number of spread formations and shotgun looks, this team's offense starts with a running game that is most successful when executed out of the I-formation. With the talents of Moss, expect the normally balanced Miami offense to move to a 40-60 pass to run ratio. However, Warner's promise does take a bit of pressure off a slightly restructured offensive line. Warner had better utilize the playmaking skills of his receiving core and allow Berlin to show off that arm strength downfield.


TE Kevin Everett


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Brock Berlin-Sr (6-1, 215) Kyle Wright-Fr (6-5, 208)
Derrick Crudup-Sr (6-1, 216)
FB Quadtrine Hill-Jr (6-2, 221) Kyle Cobia-Sr (6-2, 235)
Talib Humphrey-Sr (6-2, 250)
TB Tyrone Moss-So (5-10, 221) Frank Gore-Jr (5-10, 220)
WR Roscoe Parrish-Jr (5-9, 170) Darnell Jenkins-So (5-10, 183)
WR Ryan Moore-So (6-3, 215) Akieem Jolla-So (6-4, 188)
Devin Hester-So (5-11, 185)
TE Kevin Everett-Sr (6-6, 251) Buck Ortega-Jr (6-5, 224)
OT Eric Winston-Jr (6-7, 310) Andrew Bain-So (6-3, 334)
OG Tony Tella-Jr (6-5, 298) Derrick Morse-Fr (6-5, 325)
C Joel Rodriguez-Sr (6-3, 284) Anthony Wollschlager-So (6-6, 291)
OG Chris Myers-Sr (6-5, 300) Tyler McMeans-Jr (6-5, 337)
OT Rashad Butler-Jr (6-5, 286) Cyrim Wimbs-Fr (6-5, 325)
K Jon Peattie-So (6-3, 207) Mark Gent-Jr (6-1, 207)
Quadtrine Hill....quad-trinn
Jon Peattie....petty
Derrick Crudup....crew-dup
Kyle Cobia....co-b-uh
Talib Humphrey....taleeb
Akieem Jolla....ock-eem joll-uh
Anthony Wollschlager....wollsch-lay-ger



Defensive Line
The stable of freshmen used at defensive end last year will pay dividends. Baraka Atkins, Javon Nanton, Bryan Pata and Thomas Carroll are each fierce pass rushers and all have the ability to dominate a game. On the inside expect improved play from tackle Orien Harris and a healthy Santonio Thomas. Thomas is a disciplined player who uses his big body to plug holes. Harris became more aggressive late in the season and with his potential could become a star. What makes this front special is they have the mental savvy to match their physical gifts.

At no position is Miami's ability to reload talent more evident than at linebacker. Junior Leon Williams will man the starting middle linebacker spot. A big-time recruit, Williams has gone through some growing pains both on and off the field, having his off-field mental work ethic questioned. Learning for two years under Jon Vilma should make him more prepared. The next great Miami linebacker will be Rocky McIntosh, an aggressive, attacking difference-maker on the outside. Early season injuries cost McIntosh his starting job, but now he is healthy and ready to shine. In Miami's three-four schemes, the other outside linebacker will either be Tavares Gooden or buzz recruit, Willie Williams. Gooden has a tremendous work ethic and team-attitude, but if Williams gets over some legal issues and enrolls he will most probably win the starting spot.

Defensive Back
Miami will turn to two young safeties in Greg Threatt and Brandon Meriweather. They are both tall and lanky players who play with no fear but likewise show a tendency to be overly aggressive when defending pass plays. Jon Beason has created buzz with his hitting abilities and should also contend. While experience is questioned in the middle, the outside corner spots are locked in place. Antrel Rolle's decision to return for his senior season provides valuable continuity and leadership. Rolle uses his toughness, smarts and deceptive speed to be the best cover corner in college football, allowing only one touchdown reception by an opposing defender in his career. The other corner, Kelly Jennings, improved his play during the last half of the season after he began trusting his natural instincts and reacting better to opposing receivers. With Rolle's tutelage, Jennings will become another of the great Miami DBs. The Canes rarely show any weakness in this dimension.

The talent is definitely there, but with six starters to replace, there will be growing pains early. The four-three schemes should play well into the talent of the defensive front and the raw skills of Leon Williams in the middle. The key will be the safeties keeping the big plays to a minimum, forcing opponents to earn their points. Miami has topped the nation in pass defense each of the past three seasons. For this to continue, the defensive front is going to have to get their usual immense pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Jointly, the two-deep secondary will force plays to the outside, where sure-tacklers Rolle and Jennings roam.


KR/DB Devin Hester


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Baraka Atkins-So (6-4, 263) Alton Wright-Sr (6-4, 240)
Eric Moncur-Fr (6-3, 264)
DT Santonio Thomas-Sr (6-4, 308) Kareem Brown-So (6-5, 301)
DT Orien Harris-Jr (6-4, 300) Teraz McCray-Fr (6-0, 286)
DE Thomas Carroll-Jr (6-5, 230) Javon Nanton-Jr (6-3, 240)
Bryan Pata-So (6-4, 267)
SLB Roger McIntosh-Jr (6-3, 237) Glenn Cook-Fr (6-1, 222)
MLB Leon Williams-Jr (6-4, 237) Jon Beason-Fr (6-1, 220)
WLB Tavares Gooden-So (6-1, 220) ..
CB Antrel Rolle-Sr (6-1, 202) Tanard Davis-Sr (6-0, 186)
CB Kelly Jennings-Jr (6-0, 177) Terrell Walden-Fr (6-0, 162)
SS Greg Threat-Jr (6-2, 193) Willie Cooper-Fr (6-1, 201)
FS Brandon Meriweather-So (6-1, 184) Marcus Maxey-Jr (6-3, 198)
P Brian Monroe-So (6-2, 201) Jon Peattie-So (6-3, 207)
Baraka Atkins....buh-rock-uh
Orien Harris....ore-in
Greg Threat....threet
Jon Peattie....petty




Jon Peattie is coming off a school record 22 field goals. Peattie is extremely accurate inside of 40 yards and has proven to be clutch with the winning kicks against West Virginia and (ironically) Florida State.

A major weakness was the inconstant play of punter, Ryan Monroe. Monroe averaged only 35 yards a kick, primarily due to a case of the shanks late in the season and at some inopportune moments. Something will have to change in his results, or he will sit quickly. Netting 33 per punt will not win any close, field-position battles.

Return/Coverage Game
The return unit should be special as Roscoe Parrish and Devin Hester are dangerous punt and kick return threats. Both of them, as well Antrel Rolle, returned kicks for scores. Allowing under 20 yards per kick return speaks volumes of their defensive depth and that depth's hunger to play.



Is Brock Berlin the starting QB? The answer from coaches is a resounding yes. Berlin managed an outstanding spring, but that was the same case last year at this time. The Kyle Wright talk of being the 2004 starter has been ended for now as he was limited to very few snaps with the first team this spring...RB appears to be the biggest question mark. Tyrone Moss was ridiculed early in the spring by coaches, but managed to elevate his game towards the end and finished with 95 yards in the CanesFest final scrimmage. Hopes were that Quadtrine Hill could show a little spunk at the TB spot, but apparently didn't demonstrate the breakaway speed and capability to be an everydown back. The importance of Frank Gore's return from repeated torn ACLs cannot be overstated. Word is he is expected back for August. But a problem for Gore is the extra weight put on during rehab. He will need to drop 20 pounds over the summer to make top playing weight...Injuries have riddled the WR department so much that Sinorice Moss ended up having to see time despite being hobbled. Starters Ryan Moore (shoulder) missed the entire spring and Roscoe Parrish (knee) missed most of it. Devin Hester was pegged to be a prime talent, but has yet to break through on the field. Hester was a backup this spring even with the injuries to others at his position. The good news is that Akieem Jolla has seen some good reps with the first team. Although bothered by an injured foot, he showed signs of good things to come...Second team TE Buck Ortega is slowly making a case for being a solid third-down receiver, leading the Spring Game with six receptions for 89 yards...The OL had big problems this spring with inconsistency. The numerous breakdowns had line coach Art Kehoe livid. Out of the No. 1 group, only OG Tony Tella has no meaningful experience. However Tella had a very solid spring, which is huge news. Depth on the front appears lost in terms of the second group and will likely make Coach Kehoe's philosophy of keeping legs fresh difficult. Junior OG Tyler McMeans has really made some leeway and has made a case for being a possible star in the making...New offensive coordinator Dan Werner promised subtle changes in 2004 with more of a downfield attacking approach. Spring didn't show much difference from what most of America has become accustomed to with the Hurricanes. If major changes are going to come, they will have to be post-summer additions.

One of the best surprises this spring as pointed out by Coach Larry Coker, was the play of the DL. Don't let the Vince Wilfork departure fool you. This is an extremely deep and talented unit that dominated all spring despite not having Thomas Carroll and Bryan Pata availble due to minor injuries. DE Javon Nanton has added weight this spring while gaining some quickness at the same time. Look for him to wreak absolute havoc in the fall. The player really stepping up was DT Teraz McCray, who is going to find good playing time in the four-man inside rotation. Although only 6'0 tall, he has proven to be very quick and strong off the snap. Offensive coaches went so far to be quoted as saying he was virtually unstoppable all spring...The LBs are only a few injuries a way from having a second team composed of incoming freshman. One reason for depth issues has to do with former UM signees never qualifying, including Ali Highsmith (now a freshman starter at LSU) and Leo Waiters. MLB Leon Williams began the spring running with the first group only to be demoted to a backup role in what Coach Coker called "internal issues". Jon Beason, who moved from FB to LB this spring, started the Spring Game...Much like the DL, the secondary is proving to be topflight once again. FS Marcus Maxey was a pleasant surprise providing depth to Sean Taylor's former spot, as was walk-on CB Tanard Davis - a track star who converted over from receiver. CB Glenn Sharpe missed the spring due to a knee injury, but is expected back at 100% come August.

Punter Brian Monroe appears to have put behind him the shanks that so frequently hurt Miami last fall. In an effort to improve, he also has been taking much more time to get the kick off, a double-edged sword. Kicker Jon Peattie has gotten better if that was possible. Call him Dr. Three when the leaves start to change...Monster recruit Willie Williams is still on house arrest for legal troubles. Coach Coker was asked if Williams would be allowed to join the Hurricanes once his legal woes are over. "I would recommend that, but it goes to the admissions department, that's their decision," Coker told Florida Today. With depth at LB a problem, don't be surprised if Williams sees the field before October should his admission be granted.

OG - Tony Tella
DT - Teraz McCray