Eye of the Hurricane’s Top 25 Countdown: #3 Lamar Miller, #2 Marcus Forston
Why He Appears Here: After redshirting in 2009, Miller played in 11 games in 2010, starting against Maryland. He led team with six rushing touchdowns, running 108 times for 646 yards, second most on the team. Miller’s 6.0 yards per carry average was the highest among rushers (with at least 10 carries). Miller ran for 163 yards against Virginia Tech, a season-high for the team, and also ran for over 100 yards against Maryland. He was twice named ACC Rookie of the Week following the Florida A&M game and the Virginia Tech Game. After rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown against Maryland, was named the Rivals.com National Rookie of the Week. Miller’s 58.7 yards per game ranked eighth in the ACC. Indeed, Miller stepped his game up for conference games, rushing for 86.8 yards per ACC contest, third best in the league.
2011 Outlook: With what is purportedly going to be a run-heavy offense under Fisch, Miller will be the DASH to Mike James’ SMASH. With the support of a world-class offensive line, these two should be able to decimate many opponents with the run and produce the ‘Canes first 1,000 rushers since, um, my senior year of undergrad when my classmate Willis McGahee did it. Sigh. Memories.
#2 Marcus Forston: ‘Canes fans are unspeakably happy to have this beast of a DT back after an injury sidelined him in the spring. Forston is not only the top DT for the ‘Canes, but ranks up there with the best in the nation.
Why He Appears Here: As a freshman in 2008, Forston played in 12 games and made first career start at Floriduh. He was named first-team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writer’s Association and Rivals.com, recording 18 tackles (13 solo, five assisted), 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, tying for fourth on the team, and tallying a career-high four tackles at NC State, which included a career-best two sacks. Forston had three tackles against Wake Forest and his first career sack came on a magical Thursday evening in a win against Virginia Tech.
In 2009, Forston played in three of the first four games including FSWho, Georgia Tech and Chokelahoma before sitting out the remainder of the season with an injury, earning a medical hardship for the 2009 season. In 2010, Forston came back with a vengeance, playing in 13 games, starting 12, recording 37 tackles, including the second-most tackles for loss on the team (12). Forston sacked the QB three times on the year and even picked off a pass.
2011 Outlook: Think of it this way: even if _ Tough, D’Onofrio, and Jethro Franklin had been working with scientists to design a force of nature to destroy an offense, they could be hard pressed to have what we have in Forston. The problem is, we need like 8 Forstons. Personally, I think current University of Miami students should follow Marcus around making sure he doesn’t accidentally trip on the steps at the UC or slip and fall walking around the Memorial Building when it rains. It’s going to be a long season, and we need Forston to stay healthy to be successful, especially with some of the trash we have to play in November (cough *FSWho* cough).