Friday Stock Report: 12/3

Heading into the final weekend of college football a number of ballots for awards will be casted. A number of Miami players could receiver all-ACC honors and some could receive all-American mentions. Here are my top five MVP's for the 2004 season.

TOP 5 Team MVP's


1. QB Brock Berlin
Berlin is a candidate for ACC Player of the Year and has thrown for 2,370 yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He has led this team in come-from-behind victories and has made big-time throws in clutch situations. His leadership abilities go unmatched and he a main reason the team is 9-2 and competing for a BCS bowl berth. Through pain and a tough junior season where he threw for 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, he is the team MVP this season.


2. WR Roscoe Parrish
Parrish has developed into a go-to receiver after losing his starting job earlier in the season before regaining it and not letting it go. He has scored a touchdown in six of the last seven games and he leads the team in total touchdowns with nine on the season. His biggest play of the season came against Virginia on fourth down with Miami holding onto a three-point lead, in which he caught a touchdown pass sealing the victory. His punt return against Virginia earlier in the fourth quarter was something of beauty.


3. CB Antrel Rolle
Rolle came back for his senior season for a chance to win a national championship. Unfortunately he was not able to reach that goal, but he was the leader of the defense. His season has earned him on all-American teams and is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award—given to the best defensive back in the nation. On the season he has 61 tackles and on interception. Miami's pass defense currently ranks eighth in the country giving up just 166 yards per game.


4. RB Frank Gore
Gore's ability to bounce back from two knee surgeries was something he dreamt of doing. Before the season he got tired of answering questions about how he would hold up in the course of the season. He answered the doubts and is closing in on 1,000 yards for the season. With two games remaining he has rushed for 819 yards and eight touchdowns. Some of his touchdowns have closed out comebacks late in the fourth quarter. Like his childhood friend, Roscoe Parrish, his best game of the season came against Virginia where he rushed for a career-high 195 yards.


5. CB Devin Hester
Hester has been simply amazing. He is third in the nation in punt return average and would be 11th in kickoff returns if he had enough attempts to quality. He has returned four punts or kickoffs for touchdowns, which ties for second in the country. He is tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and has been used on the offensive side of the ball although he has not had a huge impact.

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

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