Friday Stock Report: 1/28

The team began their off-season workouts last Thursday and the attitude has been great. Guys are working hard to hold onto their starting positions and a number of younger guys are pushing for playing time.

Three More Spots Open
Earlier this week three more scholarships opened up when the coaching staff chose not to renew the scholarships of Robert Bergman, Mark Gent, and Curtis Justus. Bergman has one more year of eligibility and is looking into other options to finish out his career. Justus is unlikely to continue playing football because of the limited ability of his ankle. Gent's status is unknown at this time, but a kicker without a field goal attempt in his career is not in high demand. All three players were victims of not producing on the field and it became a business decision for head coach Larry Coker.

Switching Positions?
Around this time of year position changes tend to come up. Last year, Jon Beason moved from safety to linebacker and Devin Hester began working at cornerback during seven-on-seven drills. After signing day the coaches will discuss the depth chart for potential position changes. James Bryant is a guy that could move from linebacker to defensive end, but don't look for him to make the move to fullback. Bryant has a motor typically best used on the defensive side of the ball. This move would not be surprising as the team could have up to 12 linebackers on the roster and because many ACC teams play three-wide sets only two linebackers are needed.

2005 Position Analysis: Specialists
K Jon Peattie and P Brian Monroe return for their junior seasons. Both players have had success in opposite years. Peattie excelled as a freshman making 22-of-28 field goals compared to hitting 15-of-24 last year. He ranks ninth on Miami's all-time scoring list with 193 points. Monroe bounced back in his sophomore campaign averaging 41.2 yards per punt after averaging 35.7 yards per punt as a freshman. Devin Hester is back as the team's primary returner and has five returns for touchdowns. Darnell Jenkins and Sinorice Moss can also be used in the return game.

Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is tomorrow at 4:00 on ESPN2. The game is being played at Ladd-Peoples Stadium in Mobile, Ala. QB Brock Berlin (6-1, 215) and OL Chris Myers (6-4, 302) will be playing for the South Team under the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff. Myers has primarily been playing center during practices. Berlin is trying to impress scouts that he should be drafted. Antrel Rolle declined the invitation to the Senior Bowl because he did not want to miss accounting class—his last class needed for graduation.

Football Recruiting Update
Signing day is just five days away and Miami appears to be in good position to have a top 10 recruiting class. They currently are ranked 14th in the most recent team rankings. Virginia is the only ACC team ranked ahead of Miami at this point. Joe Joseph and Demetri Stewart are already in classes this spring. On Wednesday, look for Miami to sign 20-21 players.

Basketball Recruiting Update
In the past few weeks I have spent time attending high school basketball games of the three fall signees. All three players are quality individuals, solid teammates, and have great athletic ability. Denis Clemente, the leading scorer in the state of Florida last year, has led Calusa Prep to a 14-5 record averaging 31 ppg. Brian Asbury is looking to take his South Miami squad back to the 6A state championship game as the Cobras are on a seven game winning streak pushing their record to 12-5 behind Asbury's 26 ppg. Adrian Thomas is Broward County's top scorer at 24 ppg for Flanagan High School, now 15-3. Miami also got a verbal commitment from Jimmy Graham (Goldsboro, NC) and will sign in April.

Miami Hoops
Miami defeated Clemson on Wednesday to improve their ACC record to 4-3 and are currently fifth in the standings. Robert Hite led the team in scoring with 21 points after scoring a combined 12 points in the two previous games. Anthony Harris is averaging 17.4 points per game on the road this season and is looking forward to the match up with Chris Paul at #5 Wake Forest on Saturday at 4:00. The Demon Deacons dropped a thrilling overtime game to Georgia Tech last night, 102-101.

Miami Baseball
Coach Jim Morris did a great job of breaking down the starting lineup and pitching rotation last week in an article--Baseball: 2005 Starters. Among the surprises could be freshman catcher Alex Garabedian who was drafted in the seventh round by the New York Yankees in the 2004 MLB Draft last June. Former Hurricane Erick San Pedro was at practice yesterday and is still recovering from thumb surgery that ended his 2004 campaign with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A). The season is set to begin on Tuesday, February 1 at home against FIU at 7:00 pm. Tickets still remain, 1-800-GO-CANES.

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

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