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. Three years ago she wrote features about former UM players QB Kenny Dorsey and TE Jeremy Shockey and called them "Legends of the Fall".
In our fan selection process true "Legends of the Fall" are those players who the fans feel will have outstanding or "breakout" seasons for the Canes on offense and defense this 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. Some bloggers choose first or second year players who are likely to break on the scene as freshmen or sophomores.
Four years ago those players were LB Sean Spence and WR Aldarius Johnson.
Three years ago the LOFs were QB Jacory Harris and DL Allen Bailey.
Two years ago they were WR Leonard Hankerson and CB Brandon Harris.
Last year it was RB Lamar Miller and LB Sean Spence filling the LOF roles.
There are your unusual selections and surprises like kicker, punter and lead body slammer Matt Bosher who just happened to be the Canes 2008 MVP. Who woulda thunk it?
Other bloggers are more traditional or conservative in their picks and select juniors or seniors who are projected to finally have that one incredible breakout season that leads them to become a high round NFL draft selection.
These picks 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. Offensive and defensive linemen may not be popular or sexy picks but they are just as eligible as any other position player.
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 a few years ago.
Sam "Sticky" Shields went from being buried on the depth chart at WR to CB where he shined and eventually got drafted by the Green Bay Packers.
If these long-shot picks actually play out, the blogger (like OcalaCane seen above with Shields at CaneFest in 2009) who picked them look like absolute geniuses. This is the most risky, but potentially most rewarding, approach of all.
Then again if you decide to take a leap of faith on a player and they don't ball out like you might have hoped or expected then you might wind up like old time blogger Cat5 who selected LB Arthur Brown or SolarCane who selected Thearon Collier and then well, U know what happens then.
It's your choice. Here are the 2012 LOF rules:
- All players are eligible this year.
- Pick one player on offense and one player on defense.
- Pick one freshman for "Freshman Impact Player of the Year".
- Pick one assistant coach or cooordinator for "Coach of the Year".
Now make your choices and U may win Canespace prizes (shirts, coffee, mugs) and other fun stuff like tickets to a 2013 UM football, basketball or baseball game!