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Lamar Miller To Enter NFL Draft

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes during a game  against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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And so the assmebly line rolls on. Canes RB Lamar Miller, easily the most dynamic offensive player that Miami has had in a decade, will enter the NFL Draft, according to CBSSports's Bruce Feldman. Though Miller only started one year at UM, the move is unsurprising: Miller is a first round talent, and as the school that dealt with year-ending knee injuries to Willis McGahee and Frank Gore knows, ACLs don't always last forever. Miller to the NFL, though hard to swallow for UM fans, is rather cut and dry. Where the team goes without him is a bit murkier.

Senior Mike James is presumably the leader in the clubhouse, but last year was a major step back for him, as he ran for only 3.8 yards a carry on the season. Junior Eduardo Celements would theoretically be next in line and though he did emerge towards the end of the season as a third down back, he only carried the ball 15 times last year. Behind them is freshman Darion Hall, who saw some work in the Spring Game but was redshirted this year. And then of course, there will be the fan favorite: incoming freshman Randy "Duke" Johnson. Johnson is the best running back in South Florida, and rated as the No. 2 overall back in the state. He's fresh off running of running for 375 yards to send Norland High to the state finals and fans will undoubtedly be pushing for him to see immediate playing time for the Canes next year, and he may very well be worth it. UM is also slated to bring in Danny Dillard, a three-star back out of Venice, FL, and will likely be on the hunt for one more big name runner. Two names to watch on that front: Pennsylvania RB Greg Garmon, who was on UM's campus this weekend, and Georgia RB Mike Davis, an ex-Florida commit that recently re-opened his recruiting.