The Friday Stock Report

The Miami Hurricanes (6-1) head host the Clemson Tigers (4-4) Saturday night trying to avenge their first loss of the season. The team has been in good spirits all week long and very confident they will get the job done against a Clemson team that has won three straight games. In this week's edition of <i>The Friday Stock Report</i>, the focus is on five players to watch that will have a larger role.

5 IN THE SPOTLIGHT

LB Jon Beason

Beason will be making his third start of the season and his first start at strongside linebacker. He has not played significantly at linebacker since the Houston game when he recorded five tackles. High school teammate and close friend Glenn Cook took his starting position. He kept a positive attitude throughout the past few games and worked hard in practice to earn playing time. This is his second chance at playing time and he wants to make the most of it.

Season stats: 6 games: 17 tackles, 2 tackles for loss

DE Bryan Pata

Pata will be making his first start of the season in place of DT Kareem Brown moving Baraka Atkins inside. He has had only one game this season, Houston, in which he recorded more than two tackles in a game. He expects to be more productive with more playing time and the defense needs the defensive line to step up. Last year, as a true freshman, he recorded four sacks.

Season stats: 6 games: 9 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries

TE Buck Ortega

Ortega has been practicing with the first-team this week with the wrist injury to Greg Olsen. Olsen broke his wrist last game and will be wearing a cast on his arm, which could hamper his abilities to be effective in the passing game. If he can't produce, look for Ortega to be in the game when the team wants to pass and Olsen to be in on running plays or for pass protection. Ortega also spends time on special teams and will be after Clemson star return man Justin Miller.

Season stats: 7 games: 1 catch, 9 yards, 2 tackles

OL John Rochford

Rochford, a redshirt freshman, will be handling the long snapping duties on punt formations with the injury to Greg Olsen. This will be the first game of his young career he will have a large role. He is excited for the opportunity to play and vows to make the best of it. He is currently third on the depth chart at center, but the two players ahead of him have nagging injuries, Joel Rodriguez (knee) and Anthony Wollschlager (hamstring). Curtis Justus will remain the long snapper in field goal sets.

Season stats: 2 games

QB Derrick Crudup

Crudup is one play away from being under center with the ankle injury to backup Kyle Wright. A sore shoulder has bothered starter Brock Berlin the past few weeks and he is only one hit away from not being able to take the next snap that the team has grown accustomed to despite injuries. Crudup, a senior, has completed 55 percent of his passes (60-110) in his career while throwing for 742 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Season stats: 1 games: 1-5, 39 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception

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

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