Friday Stock Report

With a victory over Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the Miami Hurricanes concluded their 2004 season with a 9-3 record. Signing day is less than a month away and spring practices are just around the corner. The 2005 season appears to be bright for Miami who will return a number of starters on both sides of the ball. Although the season is months away, the preparation has already begun.


Frank & Roscoe
It has been reported this week that juniors Frank Gore and Roscoe Parrish will forego their final seasons at Miami and enter the NFL Draft. Gore and Parrish grew up together and were planning on attending the same high school, but it didn't work out. Gore ended up starring at Coral Gables while Parrish was at Senior High. They have remained close through their time as Hurricanes and talked frequently throughout the 2003 season about how it didn't go as planned. Both players were expecting to have breakout seasons, but dealt with injuries. They worked hard in the off-season and had their most productive seasons at Miami in 2004.

Scouting Report: RB Frank Gore
Gore (5-10, 220) was named 2nd Team All-ACC in 2004….2004 ACC Brian Piccolo Award Winner for being the "most courageous" player …showed great vision throughout his career at Miami…very tough player who battled back from two ACL injuries…very well respected teammate…has a good mix of power and speed…his quickness improved as the season went on…showed good maturity in dealing with splitting carries at times with back-up running back Tyrone Moss…rushed for a career-high 195 yards this season against #10 Virginia…finished seventh on Miami's all-time rushing list…planned on signing with Mississippi prior to Coker's arrival…rushed for 2,953 yards in senior season of high school.

2004 Stats: 945 yards 4.8 avg 8 TD…10 receptions 106 yards
Career Stats: 1975 yards 5.7 avg 17 TD…23 receptions 225 yards

Scouting Report: WR Roscoe Parrish
Parrish (5-9, 170) finished his junior season as the team leader in all receiving categories and total touchdowns scored…is an extremely quick player with exceptional top speed…has shown the ability to make players miss in the open field…an excellent punt returner…very coachable player that is willing to do the extra work needed to be a great player…grew up always loving the game of football…favorite NFL player is Michael Vick…was the first recruit signed by Miami head coach Larry Coker…played quarterback in high school…was bothered by a knee scope throughout the 2003 season…named 2004 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Most Outstanding Offensive Player…2004 2nd Team All-ACC.

2004 Stats: 43 receptions 643 yards 8 TD…16.2 punt return avg 2 TD
Career Stats: 86 receptions 1355 yards 12 TD…13.7 punt return avg 3 TD

Sebald to Transfer
Junior Brandon Sebald has decided to leave the University of Miami after the bowl game. He began his career at Miami as a tight end, but was converted earlier this season to offensive tackle. Sebald, 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, was undersized at the tackle position and was concerned about his weight from the beginning. In December he was moved back to tight end for the bowl game, but was told that he would not be a tight end in the spring so he decided to transfer. Sebald was a great teammate and very well respected by his peers. He will be missed in the locker room and by the close group of friends he had. He is currently back home in New York and is looking into options for schools to transfer to.

Other Players Leaving UM?
With the limited number of scholarships available and a number of players on the team that are not contributors on the field, it makes for an interesting off-season. There are players on the team that are juniors, but will be getting their degrees soon that could be on the verge of losing their spot on the football team. Also, pay close attention to younger players that are being passed up on the depth chart and are looking for more playing time—they are key candidates to transfer.

OL Brad Kunz
Brad Kunz is a walk-on offensive lineman from Carlyle, Illinois who finished up his football eligibility this past season. He had preliminary talks with basketball head coach Frank Haith about joining the hoops team this semester, but it did not go through. Kunz is dealing with a sore knee and Haith did not want to mess with the chemistry on the team who had won eight straight games before dropping their ACC opener to Georgia Tech last night 80-69.

Recruiting Update
Miami got it's top commitment yesterday from TE DajLeon Farr (Galena Park, TX). Farr, 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, has been a hot target by the coaching staff who are trying to sign two tight ends this year. ranks him the number one tight end in the country. He originally had planned on attending LSU, but changed his mind after Nick Saban left to coach the Miami Dolphins. Miami now has 13 commitments and has three players ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions.

USC Wins National Championship
USC defeated Oklahoma 55-19 on Tuesday to win their 10th national championship. The Trojans finished 13-0 on the season led by Heisman Trophy winner QB Matt Leinart. It was a surprise that Oklahoma looked lost out there and struggled find any rhythm whatsoever. Would Auburn have put up a better contest against USC? Yes, most likely. The Tigers had a better defense especially in the secondary where Oklahoma struggled all game. Would Auburn have beat USC? Unlikely. What is scary is that USC returns as many as 16 starters next season and will be the front-runners to win the title in 2005.

Pahokee RB Antone Smith (5-8, 185) was phenomenal in the Florida 2B State Championship Game against Pensacola Catholic. He rushed for 276 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns in the 43-9 victory. He has a great burst through the line and showed great vision. His balance is superb and is a shifty back. What impressed me the most was his ability to run in between the tackles and he never shied away from defenders. He plays with good emotion and the attitude that he has done it before—he finished his senior season with 44 touchdowns. Smith should be an immediate impact player as a freshman wherever he ends up assuming his ankle does not give him any troubles. He will announce his decision on signing day.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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