Friday Stock Report: 1/21

The team met yesterday for their first off-season workout in preparation for the 2005 season which begins September 5 at Florida State. Although it is over seven months away there is plenty to talk about.

2005 Schedule
The 2005 schedule was released yesterday and the biggest that jumped out to me was the eight straight Saturday games. Head coach Larry Coker discussed the frustrating schedule last year with a number of games on Thursday nights and going a number of weeks without a home Saturday game. Now, the team has the ability to get into a weekly rhythm following the bye week after the season opener on September 5 at Florida State. Non-conference opponents are Colorado, South Florida, and Temple.

2005 Position Analysis: Wide Receiver
The top four receivers returning are Sinorice Moss (senior), Darnell Jenkins (junior), Ryan Moore (junior), and Lance Leggett (sophomore). If Miami wants to go big look for Moore, who is 6-foot-3, and the 6-foot-4 Leggett to hold down the starting positions. Miami typically sticks with their seniors and Moss, at 5-foot-8, is the leading receiver returning. Moss is the most fundamentally sound receiver on the squad and has the ability to make the big catch. Don't forget about Jenkins who had a spectacular spring a year ago, but did not haul in the deep pass in the fall. It will be hard for Akieem Jolla (junior) and Khalil Jones (freshman) to break into the regular rotation this year.

Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl will formally announce their rosters on January 23 for the game on January 29. The game will be played in Mobile, Ala. at 4:00 pm on ESPN2. OL Chris Myers and FB Talib Humphrey have accepted their invitations to play in the game. CB Antrel Rolle declined his invitation because there is no reason to try and improve his already-high draft status. TE Kevin Everett also declined the invitation because of his shoulder injury.

Injury Updates
Earlier this week it was confirmed that RB Andrew Johnson will not be able to return until at least September after suffering an ACL injury in December. Tyrone Moss is the front-runner for the starting tailback position with Charlie Jones and Derron Thomas competing for the top spot. Safety Greg Threat feels refreshed, who was the first safety to lead the team in tackles in over 20 years, injured his shoulder during practice late in the season. He was not able to start in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl because of the injury.

Transfers
Earlier this week I broke the news that CB Travarous Bain had transferred to 1-AA Hampton University. This was a hot topic in the off-season as he was contemplating whether or not to stay for his junior season. Bain decided to do what was best for him and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning this fall. His closest friend on the team was safety Brandon Meriweather. The two knew each other back in high school and Meriweather's Apopka squad defeated Bain and Northwestern in the 2001 FHSAA 6A State Championship. Brandon Sebald, who left soon after the Peach Bowl citing that he wanted to play tight end as opposed to offensive line, has transferred to Hofstra where his brother Chris is a linebacker.

Recruiting Update
Will RB Antone Smith go to Auburn? Will DB Kenneth Phillips go to Tennessee? Will Miami offer DE Ricky Jean-Francois? Those are three big questions that won't likely be answered until signing day on February 2. All three prospects are at the top of their respective positions. Miami did not get any announced commitments this week, but appears to be safe on the ones they have received oral commitments from. Joe Joseph, a 2004-signee, is currently enrolled in classes and will participate this spring. He was given the number 58 jersey last year, but could possibly have a different number. On the basketball side, Miami got their fourth commitment yesterday from Jimmy Graham.

Miami Hoops
It was a tough loss for Miami on Wednesday who got a sense of what big-time college basketball is like when #4 Duke came to town and over 1,000 students were denied tickets to an already-sold out game. Once again Guillermo Diaz lit up ACC competition and is now averaging 24.6 points per game in the ACC. His game is being noticed on a national level after having a number of his highlights shown on television. Miami visits North Carolina on Saturday as they have another tough test on hand. Anthony King, who has been a surprise this year, is from Durham and is looking forward to the match-up against a team that recruited him.

Miami Baseball
The team is still preparing every afternoon at Mark Light Stadium—soon to be Alex Rodriguez Park beginning in 2006. The season begins February 1 at home against FIU and tickets still remain at 1-800-GO-CANES. The team is getting excited as they search for another trip to Omaha. Only pitcher Dan Touchet remains from the 2001 championship team and he is ready to lead the team. Head coach Jim Morris enters his 12th year as head coach of the Hurricanes. Top non-conference competition includes Florida, South Florida, and FIU.

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

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