Opponent off-season recap: Miami

With opening night just over a month away, Renegade Report.com will be breaking down each of the off season developments of the Seminoles 2005 opponents. First on the list is the Tribe's Sept. 5 opponent, the rival Miami Hurricanes.

Offense takes down defense in 2005 spring game:

The`Canes held their annual spring game April 9 with the offense getting the better of the defense 31-21.
Starting quarterback Kyle Wright went 10-of-13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns on passes of 23 yards to Ryan Moore and 38 yards to Darnell Jenkins.

Defensively, Miami registered eight sacks with two apiece from defensive end Bryan Pata and defensive tackle Kareem Brown.

Projected starting running back Tyrone Moss did not play in the game as he was rehabilitating from shoulder surgery.

Recovered cornerback lost for the season:

Redshirt junior cornerback Glenn Sharpe will be forced to miss the 2005 season after tearing his ACL July 1.

The Carol City High School graduate was expected to be a strong contributor for the Hurricane defense and will now seek a sixth-year of eligibility because he redshirted in 2004 to recover from a torn ACL that occurred in the opposite knee half-way through the `03 season.

Hurricanes pick up four verbals:

While the Seminole have already nabbed five verbals so far this summer, the Hurricanes are keeping pace.

With commitments from No. 1 ranked kicker – according to Scout.com – Matt Bosher of Jupiter (Jupiter HS) and Sarasota (Booker HS) wide receiver Sam Shields, Miami is looking to continue a tradition of recruiting successes of the last several years.
With out-of-state commitments quarterback Pat Devlin of Downington, PA (Downington West HS) and San Diego, CA (Point Loma Senior HS) defensive tackle Josh Holmes, the `Canes are once again attracting talent from throughout the country.

Star offensive tackle ready to go:

Before tearing three ligaments in his left knee against Georgia Tech last season, offensive tackle Eric Winston was considered by many to be one of the top players at his position in the country.

Now, nearly 10 months removed from the season ending injury, Winston is nearly 100% and ready to go. He has even been participating fully in the `Canes summer workouts since mid-July.
"It's been such a long road. It's such a relief," Winston told the Sun Sentinel. "It's a great feeling to be back working out with the guys again."

Winston has been cleared to participate fully in two-a-days, which start in two weeks. He will wear a brace on the recovered knee this season.

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