The Friday Stock Report: July 16th

With less than a month to go until fall practices begin the team is getting anxious to start. The summer workouts have been more intense than in previous years and the players are hungry to prove themselves. The games during the season are decided on game days, but they are won in the off-season.

August 9th is the projected start date for fall practices to begin although no set date has been announced publicly. This week the team has been spending time playing the newly released video game NCAA Football 2005. Who's the best? Depends who you ask.

Junior Marcus Maxey has been working out only as a cornerback after spending the last two seasons primarily as a safety. In the spring he spent a lot of time at cornerback during nickel situations and when Terrell Walden went down with a torn ACL he looked destined to return to his more natural position. Don't expect Maxey to switch back to free safety especially with the progress of incoming freshman Anthony Reddick.

Devin Hester has had a solid summer as a wide receiver and has spent some time at a cornerback. Is he doing just for fun or is this a legitimate position change? Right now, don't count on him switching to cornerback just yet. He just wants to make himself the best football player he can be so he can get on the field regardless of the position. The former Suncoast High School star just wants to play.

The Hurricanes signed four running backs in the 2004 recruiting class and all are on campus working out with the team. The word is Bobby Washington has been the most impressive. Washington is up to 215 pounds and is bigger than the other three backs. His size will help him adjust to fall practices and he could emerge from the pack. Look for two of the four to play and the other two to redshirt.

Another incoming freshman on the offensive side of the ball that has been impressive has been wide receiver Lance Leggett. He has a graceful stride and deceptive speed. It often looks like he is not running as fast as he is. Not only has Leggett looked smooth running his routes, but has impressed his teammates with his hands.

Sophomore wide receiver Darnell Jenkins is poised for a breakout season. Only two Hurricane receivers have over 12 career receptions and will need a young receiver to step up. Jenkins had an impressive spring and offensive coordinator Dan Werner expects Jenkins to be one of the go-to guys on the team. Luckily for the Hurricanes Jenkins continued his spring success into the summer making good catches consistently.

Sophomore cornerback Terrell Walden is recovering from surgery after suffering a torn ACL on April 8. He was making strides to earn playing time after redshirting during the 2003 season. It has not been determined whether or not Walden will play this year, but it is highly unlikely considering it generally takes nine months to be able to return to the field. Nine months from his injury would be in January.

Unlike fellow kicking specialist Jon Peattie, punter Brian Monroe has been working out with the team during their regular workouts. Monroe also works out with a few teammates about three days a week. His main focus for the summer has been working on his drop. This is his first off-season with the team as he stayed at home last summer prior to his freshman season. He is excited for fall practices to start and ready for a strong 2004 campaign. Monroe has hit the weights hard and claims to be up to 215 pounds—25 pounds heavier than when he arrived at UM.

After suffering through a tough spring Kevin Everett has been doing a good job of making plays in the summer. The tight end from Port Arthur, Texas is no Kellen Winslow--their personalities couldn't be more different. However, Everett does have good size and speed for a tight end and could be a productive player this season. Expect the Hurricanes to utilize their depth at the tight end position with Buck Ortega, Brandon Sebald, and Greg Olsen as opposed to relying solely on Everett.

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

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