The Friday Stock Report: July 9th

The team enjoyed the July 4th weekend with most players spending time with their families over the weekend before returning to workout Monday morning. Besides working out the guys have been out to movies and checking out the Florida Marlins amongst other things. Another activity that will keep them busy is the release of the video game NCAA Football 2005, which ships July 12.

They are in the second session of the summer workout program, which began on June 30th. The current session has less running and less reps than the first session to avoid being burned out prior to fall practices. For example instead of running 26 110's they are running 14.

Starting quarterback Brock Berlin is looking to rebound off a tough season a year ago in which he threw 12 TD/17 Int. He is coming along well and is taking command of the offense during seven-on-sevens. He has always been known for having good huddle presence and is looking more confident this summer with a year under his belt. He is spending a lot of time and effort into watching game film. He goes in about three or four times a week to watch film on last year's games, spring practices, and future opponents. With Dan Werner as the new offensive coordinator Berlin will understand more of what Werner wants in the offense since he has developed a relationship with him because he is also the quarterback coach.

Starting weakside linebacker Tavares Gooden enters his sophomore season wanting to prove something. He has been very eager since he arrived on campus to take his game to the next level. After spending a year on special teams without any significant time on defense, now is his chance. He currently stands 6-foot-1 and weighs close to 228 pounds. Recently he ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash.

Offensive lineman Tyler McMeans joined the Hurricanes in the spring after transferring from Lackawanna JC. McMeans, a junior, did a real good job of picking up the offense in the spring. Although he is an older player it still can be tough for an o-lineman to pick up all the nuances of the Miami offense. One reason he was able to pick up the offense was his eager to learn and ask questions--something most players have a hard time doing. He currently is slated as the second-team right tackle behind Rashad Butler.

Cornerback Glenn Sharpe suffered an ACL injury on November 8th and has been working extremely hard to get back on the field. In the spring he did not participate in any drills and only ran on the side. Now he is back and looks to be 100 percent with his cuts and his running. He is still working on his technique after being away from the game for quite some time. Expect Sharpe to be a big contributor in the secondary as a nickel back and rotating in as a corner during a regular set defense since Tim Walton prefers to get fresh guys in the secondary.

Running back Frank Gore is recovering from a torn ACL he sustained on October 2nd. Although his ACL injury was earlier than Sharpe's, his recovery is not going as fast. He is unlikely to participate in all two-a-day practices and how soon he returns to the field will be determined by how well his body adapts to taking hits.

With Gore still recovering from injury sophomore Tyrone Moss will be the starting running back. He is excited to get through practices and is ready for the opener against Florida State. Moss is looking to run a bit lighter this season. Last year he weighed up around 224 pounds during the season, but is looking to be around 210-215 this year. By losing some weight he is looking to gain some speed.

Senior center Joel Rodriguez is in the best shape of his life. His strengths have always been his speed and quickness, but has also improved his strength. He currently weighs 292 pounds and will likely get to 295 prior to fall practices and like most players will drop some weight during two-a-days before the season. He wants to start the season at around 285-290 compared to 275 where he started last year. After suffering a broken fibula on November 22nd he missed the final two games of the season, but has not been bothered with it all summer.

Lake City Columbia incoming freshmen Rashaun Jones and George Timmons arrived on campus earlier this week. Jones (6-2, 195) wants to start out his career as a cornerback, but could be a safety. Based on how well he performs he could earn time on special teams this season as opposed to redshirting. Timmons rushed for over 1,200 yards last season, but also will be looked at as a cornerback.

Redshirt freshmen offensive linemen from Pompano Beach Ely Cyrim Wimbs and Andrew Bain are progressing well in their second summer working out with the team. Last year both players had a hard time adjusting to the heat and fall practices last year, but are better prepared this year due to having a year under the belt. In the summer they have improved their technique and hopefully will be able to carry it over into fall practices when they put on the pads. Wimbs has been used at both tackles, but could settle in at right tackle because of his wide base and is better suited for run blocking. Bain has bounced around the line and is likely to settle in as an interior lineman because he stands just 6-foot-3.

Note: University of Miami football media relations hired Rick Korch, formerly with the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the new football sports information director replacing Doug Walker who left for Notre Dame in the spring.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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