One tradition that we have established here at Canespace over the last three years is that each year over the Summer, after Spring practice and before the season begins, we ask bloggers are asked to select their personal choices for what we like to call "Legends of the Fall".
This tradition actually started when CanesGirlNC, who is without a doubt a legend herself here on Canespace, started a series of player features with the same title. Two years ago she wrote features about former UM players QB Kenny Dorsey and TE Jeremy Shockey among others.
In our fan selection process true "Legends of the Fall" are those players who the fans feel will have outstanding seasons for the Canes on offense and defense each year. It's not about simply picking the Hurricanes' best players, but your personal favorites among the UM players apart from the usual suspects and most obvious stars.
So this year the following players who had their breakout seasons in 2009 are not eligible for selection: Jacory Harris and Leonard Hankerson on offense and Allen Bailey and Brandon Harris on defense.
Some bloggers choose first or second year players who are likely to break on the scene as true freshman, RS freshmen or sophomores. Two years ago those players were Sean Spence and Aldarius Johnson. Last year they were Jacory Harris and Brandon Harris.
There are your usual sselections at key positions like QB, RB and WR and then there are those unexpected surpises like kicker, punter and lead body slammer Matt Bosher who just happened to be the Canes 2008 MVP (seen here with OcalaCane at the 2009 Spring Game).
Other bloggers are more traditional or conservative in their picks and select juniors or seniors who are projected to finally have that incredible breakout season.
These are picks that could really be any defensive or offensive player who may be primed to explode on the scene after a solid previous season or a spectacular Summer with Swasey.
And don't forget special teams standouts too who can change a game with that one big play that shifts the entire momentum of a game.
Some bold predictions even result in selections of completely unexpected dark horse candidates for this honor like Sam Shields (seen here at R) last year. If these picks actually play out, the blogger who picked them look like absolute geniuses. This is the most risky, but potentially most rewarding, approach of all.
It's your choice. One offensive and one defensive player.
Vote early, vote once. U choose, U win!