CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami cornerback Antrel Rolle will
return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.
Rolle and his parents met with coach Larry Coker on Friday
afternoon before announcing the decision. There had been plenty of
speculation that Rolle would turn pro along with safety Sean
Taylor, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and tight end Kellen Winslow.
Instead, the 6-foot-1 junior from Homestead will be one of four
returning starters on a defense that led the nation in pass defense
at 143.5 yards a game. The Hurricanes ranked second in total
"I am elated that Antrel has decided to return for his senior
season and continue his studies toward his degree," Coker said in
a statement. "He is an exceptional person and player and will
provide leadership as we begin our first season in the Atlantic
Rolle spent the season playing in the shadow of Taylor, an
All-American who led the nation with 10 interceptions, including
three returned for touchdowns.
Rolle had two interceptions and seven pass breakups, getting
fewer opportunities because teams rarely threw his way.
He was at his best in Miami's final two games. He held the
nation's top receiver, Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald, to three
catches for 26 yards.
In the Orange Bowl against Florida State,
P.K. Sam caught a 10-yard pass against Rolle on the Seminoles'
first offensive play, then didn't have a reception the rest of the
Rolle also led the Hurricanes in punt returns, averaging 15.6
yards and scoring a touchdown in the season opener.