The Friday Stock Report: July 23rd

With less than three weeks 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 team reports on August 9th and begins practicing on August 10th at 3:30 p.m. The first day of practicing in full pads is August 14th. Practices are open to the public August 10-20.

News & Notes from around the team…

A leader that has stepped up on the offensive side of the ball is Roscoe Parrish. He has had a solid summer and is making a number of plays during the drills. Last year he dealt with various injuries and the passing of his grandmother. It was not the season he had envisioned after a stellar freshman season in 2002. This year he is ready to have a breakout season. Despite being the smallest player on the team he has the ability to break open games. Look for Parrish to be the starting receiver opposite of Ryan Moore this year.

Quadtrine Hill was moved from fullback to tailback in the spring this year to help fill a void in numbers at the position. He would prefer to stay at the tailback position—a position he was recruited to play. Over the summer he has taken reps at both positions and will likely play both during fall practices. With Frank Gore still recovering from an ACL injury, two healthy fullbacks in Kyle Cobia and Talib Humphrey, and inexperience amongst the four freshmen tailbacks, Hill has the opportunity to remain at tailback. Regardless of the position Hill is a viable receiver out of the backfield and an extremely smart player. The coaches will find a spot for him to excel in.

One player to that people tend to sleep on is linebacker Roger McIntosh. In 2002 McIntosh became the regular starter at the strongside position at the end of the season. Going into 2003 he was expected to be a valuable commodity on the defense and be a part of the best linebacker unit in the country. Unfortunately for him he had to have his knee cleaned up prior to the season and never could crack the starting lineup with Darrell McClover filling in. This year McIntosh is ready to make a statement.

Incoming freshman offensive lineman Chris Rutledge (Miami Dr. Krop) has impressed the elder linemen with his knowledge of the position and his ability to pick up on various techniques. Rutledge is considered more ahead of the game than any offensive lineman in the past few years. The coaches will have Rutledge begin fall practices as a tackle although it has not been determined what side he will play. His physique is similar to Rashad Butler when he arrived on campus.

Anthony Reddick continues to impress strength coach Andreu Swasey. After a few weeks of being on campus Reddick has been the only incoming freshman allowed to workout with the upperclassmen. Swasey has been very impressed with Reddick's work ethic in the weight room and his willingness to listen. Reddick often has lined up with former UM stars such as Andre Johnson in the weight room and during sprints even though they don't know who he is. He watches them closely trying to pick up on anything that will help him become a better player. Going into fall practices Reddick projects as the second string free safety behind Brandon Meriweather.

Sinorice Moss has been recovering from knee surgery over the summer. It bothered him throughout spring practices and probably should have rested. During seven-on-seven's this summer he was able to run routes—something he does very well—and when he wasn't participating in the drills he was catching passes on the side. His knee is something he does not want to linger into fall practices especially with the receiver competition being so tight for playing time.

Offensive lineman Alex Pou has been battling through a nagging hamstring injury over the summer and is hoping it will be ready to go in the fall. Even though Tony Tella had a good spring filling the open starting left guard position nothing is set in stone. Pou along with Derrick Morse and Andrew Bain will challenge for the starting position. Tyler McMeans was originally thought to be in the competition, but he has settled in nicely at the right tackle position.

Every year at this time the seniors begin to look back at their careers and how it seemed like only yesterday when they arrived on campus. This year there are only ten seniors on the roster and only five remain from the 2000 recruiting class-- Derrick Crudup, Kyle Cobia, Chris Myers, Joel Rodriguez, and Santonio Thomas.

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

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