2. Miami Hurricanes

Will the Canes miss a beat despite losing four first-rounders?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 8:41 AM ET
By Chris Fallica | Special to ESPN The Magazine
LAST SEASON: 12-1 (7-0 Big EAST)

How tough is it to play in Coral Gables? A 12-win fall can ruin a spring. But hey, if you can't stand the heat ... So has that runner-up finish squeezed the fight out of the Canes? "My only goal this year is to win the national championship," says LB Jonathan Vilma. Take that as a no. UM has produced nine first-round picks in the past two NFL drafts, and it hasn't run out yet. This year's team is again swollen with future top picks -- OL Vernon Carey, RB Frank Gore, FS Sean Taylor.

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