The Friday Stock Report: 12/17

After a week off I'm back with random notes about the Hurricanes, the lack of a playoff in college football, and numbers. There is only two more weeks in the season before we wait eight months for the 2005 season to begin.

Random Notes…

Dressed To Impress
At the annual football banquet last night a number of players showed off their fashion style. It is a formal setting in which many of the players wore ties with a nice pair of pants—a different look from their normal day-to-day wear going to classes. While Antrel Rolle and Santonio Thomas are often referred to as the best dressers on the team and no disrespect to them because they didn't disappoint, but my vote goes to Frank Gore on that particular night. Gore was stylin' in a matching beige and cream plaid outfit with a beige Kangol hat. Darnell Jenkins was no slouch either and as far as the coaches go, Clint Hurtt was bringing it.

2005 Numbers Game
Jersey numbers for athletes are generally very important to them. It is their identity especially in football where fans aren't able to clearly see a player's face. Most players choose their numbers to represent important things in their lives, but some just take what number they are assigned when they arrive on campus. Single digits in college football generally go to the upper-echelon players and Miami is no different. All nine players with a single digit started this year at some point. Seniors Brock Berlin (#7) and Antrel Rolle (#6) will free up two single digits. Incoming quarterback Derek Shaw appears to be the frontrunner for the seven jersey while current Hurricane freshman Carlos Armour will be trying to obtain the six—a number he wore in high school.

Injuries
A number of players missed the first practice yesterday with various injuries. Tyrone Moss, Kevin Everett, and Greg Olsen were three guys that had injuries in recent games and were expected to miss yesterday's practice. However, Kirby Freeman, Anthony Wollschlager, and Rashaun Jones basically showed up to practice hurt, which makes you wonder what they were doing on their time ‘off'. No worries, they are nursing injuries they played through during the season. Kyle Wright did not practice either with a cold and could miss Friday's practice also.

Mr. Randy Shannon
Shannon interviewed for the head coaching job at Mississippi during his time off before resuming to practice. Last year he interviewed for the defensive coordinator position at North Carolina State. He is poised for a head coaching job at some point when the time is right. Right now, he remains the defensive coordinator at Miami and yesterday at practice he had what appeared to be a positive conversation with athletic director Paul Dee. Dee and Shannon talked for a while and were constantly laughing and making jokes—a good sign for concerned Hurricane fans.

Bowl Opponent – Florida Gators
RB Ciatrick Fason, the leading rusher in the SEC, has decided to forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. This season he has rushed for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns averaging 5.7 yards per carry. New head coach Urban Meyer added the final piece to his coaching puzzle by adding Doc Holliday to his staff. Holliday has been the wide receivers coach at North Carolina State the last five years. OL Randy Hand has been looking forward to the match up against the ‘Canes to face former high school teammate and close friend OL Derrick Morse.

Speaking of Bowls…
Is the lack of playoffs in college football the most absurd thing in all of sports? Or is it the lack of a salary cap in baseball? And don't get me started on the NHL and their lack of a season. I just hope for the sake of the sport that at some point we can all look back on this fiasco in college football and say "that was ridiculous". And college presidents will think to themselves, "what were we thinking?" I want to pull out my hair when I hear people, mostly ‘higher-ups', disagree with having a playoff. It just doesn't make any sense to me. Here is some food for thought on the issue. If bowl games never existed and a playoff was in store throughout the history of division-1A football, would anyone be sitting around having conversations about how we shouldn't have a playoff?

Miami Killian High School
I want to congratulate the Cougars (13-1) for winning the 6A State Championship last week. They defeated Orlando Edgewater 28-7 behind 216 rushing yards by senior fullback Larry Jones. Tailback Dwight Lee rushed for over 1,500 yards during the season, but it was Jones who carried the Cougs in the title game. I had the pleasure of watching some of their games this season and every time I saw them, their defense just shut people down and as we all know, defense wins championships. They allowed only eight points per game and recorded five shutouts during the season led by Tennessee-commit Demetrice Morley.

Recruiting Notes
There have been six reported commitments in the past week bringing the total list up to 12 players. Two of the top players in Florida, RB Antone Smith and DB Kenny Phillips, are high on Miami's list and are likely to be Hurricanes in February. Miami fans, don't count on two other top players in Florida, WR Fred Rouse and DL Ricky Jean-Francois, becoming Hurricanes. One player who has been under the radar is LB Darryl Sharpton from Coral Gables and he could be one of the best in the group. He is a bit undersized, but made plays sideline to sideline—a positive quality in a linebacker.

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

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