The Friday Stock Report – July 30th

With less than two weeks until fall practices begin the team is getting anxious to start. 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…

Sophomore Anthony Wollschlager out of Fort Lauderdale Aquinas is the second-string center behind Joel Rodriguez. Last year when Rodriguez was out with a broken leg the coaches moved right guard Chris Myers inside to handle the center position leaving Wollschlager on the bench. This year if that same event happens there is a better chance Wollschlager will enter the game leaving Myers at right guard—a position he prefers.

There has been a lot of talk on the defensive side about the defensive line especially the caliber of play from the ends. Thomas Carroll started on the right side last year and did not participate in spring practices recovering from a shoulder injury. He has been doing well in the weight room in the summer, but how effective he will be in the season depends upon his play in fall practices.

If Carroll is not ready to play, Javon Nanton would be more than willing to step in as a full-time player. Last season he led the Big East in sacks primarily as a third-down end. To earn more playing time he has to improve his ability on stopping the run. Since the end of last year he bulked up gaining nearly 20 pounds and now weighs 240 pounds.

Baraka Atkins has had an outstanding summer and is ready to make the next step as a player and as a leader along the line. Atkins started last year as a freshman and at 265 pounds he brings versatility from the left end spot. His work ethic has improved over the summer and has matured from a year ago. Look for him to have a big year and become the team's top defensive end.

One player who has gone relatively unnoticed heading into the 2004 season is Kelly Jennings. His teammates are excited to see what he can do this year as a full-time starter after substituting in and out of the lineup a year ago. He had to wear a cast on his hand during his freshman season and tended to over-compensate with his technique. Now he has matured since then and has become a solid shutdown corner. His strengths are his footwork, speed, and composure. One thing he is working on improving is his play on the ball.

Quarterback Kyle Wright had a good summer and did a good job in the weight room. In the spring he did not receive as many reps as the coaching staff would have liked. He will have plenty of eyes on him this fall to see what he can do. Wright still appears to be a year away from being the full-time starter.

Cornerback Tanard Davis is battling for time this year in his junior season. He redshirted during the 2002 season after spending his freshman season at St. Peter's College (NJ). He recorded one interception last year and made a nice interception during the spring game in April. Davis is competing for playing time at cornerback with Glenn Sharpe and Marcus Maxey.

Freshman Calais Campbell (Denver South) will begin fall practices as a tight end, but could also see time at defensive end. He is listed at 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds and as a high school senior he recorded 38 receptions and 412 yard with four touchdowns.

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

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