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2003 Outlook: LB

D.J. (W. Lee, AP)

The Miami Hurricanes return all three starters at the linebacker position for the 2003 season: Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams and Roger McIntosh. This trio of linebackers is one of the best in the country. All three are very athletic and run very well. Vilma and Williams were semifinalists for the Butkus Award (presented to the nation's top linebacker) last season and will be frontrunners for the award this upcoming season.

Jonathan Vilma (6-2, 208) is the middle linebacker in the talented trio and one of the leaders on defense. The senior from Coral Gables has started the past two seasons leading the team in tackles both years. Last year he racked up 133 tackles including 75 on his own. He is a quick player who always finds the ball and has improved on his ability to pick up pass cover assignments. Vilma's...

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