The Friday Stock Report – 8/13

The team reported on August 9th and began practicing the day after. So far the heat has been an issue with a number of players dealing with muscle cramps. Practices are still open to the public until August 20th and the first day in pads is tomorrow.

NEWS & NOTES

Tyrone Byrd was one of the four freshmen that spoke to the media on Monday when they reported. He had spent the summer back in Texas and just arrived in Coral Gables over the weekend. His mother accompanied him over the weekend and watched as her son answered questions about being a Hurricane. Tyrone provided the media with a number of jokes including references to his mother, Cancun, and Erykah Badu. He was awarded number 67 and admitted he wanted number 76—only one problem, his roommate Chris Rutledge was awarded the number. He found out during the interviews and laughed about it in disappointment.

Another freshman that provided the media with a good interview is Calais Campbell—who has five brothers and two sisters. Calais wore a Nike basketball shirt and looked like he should be playing with coach Haith as opposed to coach Coker. He showed his excitement for being a Hurricane throughout the interview and did a good job speaking.

Coach Art Kehoe has stated that Eric Winston often appears bored with being a lineman and is constantly on him about staying active in practice. Kehoe also said Winston was already the best offensive lineman they had after his fifth practice in the spring of 2003 after switching from tight end. It has been no secret that the coaches believe Winston could be the best offensive lineman to ever play at the University of Miami. Will he go pro early and be the top five pick many project? There has not been an indication on his decision, but he will graduate in May after three years of being in college.

During the first week of practice new defensive backs coach Tim Walton has been very animated and fiery on the field with a lot of hands on coaching. He is always congratulating the players after making a nice play during seven-on-seven and team drills.

Mark Gent, Brian Monroe, and Jon Peattie are all competing for the kickoff duties. Gent handled most of the responsibilities last year, but struggled at times. Monroe and Peattie have both shown they are capable of handling kickoffs.

Adding weight in the off-season is something a majority of the players try to accomplish. This season, Buck Ortega, Javon Nanton, and Brian Monroe appear to have gained the most weight in a good way. All three players have added more muscle weight to help them at their respective positions. Gaining weight is not something that is easy to do, but these players worked hard at it.

Kellen Heard and Joe Joseph are the only two recruits still not in as they are dealing with NCAA Clearinghouse issues. If they do not get in the team would be at 83 players thus opening up two scholarships. The team could award scholarships to non-scholarship players or wait to use them for mid-season guys. Joe Tolliver and Brad Kunz are two players that could earn a scholarship.

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

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