Last season Miami had one of the best freshman players in the country in Duke Johnson. Well this year another crop of newcomers came along and gave hope for the future.
Let's take a closer look at the nominees for 2013 Newcomer of the Year:
Stacy Coley - The clear cut favorite in this category. Led team with 1,461 all-purpose yards. Also had 33 catches for 591 yards and 7 TDs. Named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team as kick returner. Tabbed first-team WR on 247Sports' True Freshman All-America Team. Only FBS player in 2013 to record a TD via rushing, receiving, punt return and kick return. But beyond the numbers and accolades, provided an explosive element that opposing defenses has to account for. Tremendous future ahead of him.
Just a little taste of what he can do:
Artie Burns - While not yet as celebrated as Coley, could be just as important to the 'Canes future. Only scratched the surface on his abilities on defense, defending 3 passes and adding 1 INT, while making big contributions on special teams.
Here's Burns making a huge play against UNC:
Al-Quadin Muhammad: Muhammad recorded just 2 sacks on the year, but showed glimpses of his potential in several contests. AQM is expected to emerge as one of the best pass rushers on the team in 2013.
"AQ has been impressive. He's very twitchy; you see it some on film but to get him here and have it show surrounded by other players that have it... he's explosive, he goes from lined up to 6 or 7 yards in the back field quickly..." - Miami Coach Al Golden
Gus Edwards: Edwards came in to the program and filled the much needed void in the "big back" role as a true freshman and tallied 338 yards and 5 TDs with a 5.1 avg. Possesses very good feet for a 225 pound back.
Here's a highlight of Edwards in action:
So which freshman player do you think was most impressive? (vote below)
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