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2006 Fall Preview: Linebackers

LB Jon Beason

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 2006 University of Miami linebacking corps is bigger, faster, stronger, and deeper than the 2005 unit. The only certain starter heading into the season is weakside linebacker Jon Beason.

This year's linebackers have gotten noticeably bigger with the average weight of the unit seven pounds heavier than last year's at 229 pounds. The success of the unit rests with the learning curve of many of the young players and the competition that is created by such a deep unit. At strongside linebacker Tavares Gooden physically and athletically fits the mold of what the coaches want. However...

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Junior linebacker Tavares Gooden is in a battle for the starting strongside linebacker position.

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