Friday Stock Report: 2/11

With seven-on-sevens underway and only one month remaining until spring practices begin, the Miami Hurricanes are getting geared up for the 2005 season. All of their hard work in the off-season will prepare them to win games on Saturdays this fall.

Note: Spring practices are tentatively scheduled to begin March 8.

Seven-on-Sevens
On Wednesday the team began seven-on-seven workouts on their own. It was good for the team to get back together after having workouts at various times. The team plans to get together twice a week during the off-season for seven-on-sevens. This is a great opportunity for quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman to get a grasp of the team and for the receivers to emerge from the pack. Last year during seven-on-sevens Devin Hester began working out at cornerback before he was switched over full-time.

Senior Leadership
A number of seniors will be expected to provide leadership to a team in need of leaders. Last year, there were only five seniors starting for the majority of the season. This year, as many as 13 seniors could be in the starting lineup. DT Orien Harris and LB Roger McIntosh are two players on the defensive side of the ball expected to step up as leaders. CB Kelly Jennings is very well respected by his teammates and is looked up to by the younger players. On offense it is important for the four senior offensive lineman—Eric Winston, Tyler McMeans, Tony Tella, and Rashad Butler to be consistent and lead.

NFL Draft Preparation
The NFL Draft is April 23-24 in New York. Miami has 10 seniors and two juniors looking to be drafted. CB Antrel Rolle is expected to the first Hurricane taken. Rolle is currently on campus working out and finishing up his class work. OL Chris Myers spent the majority of his career at guard, but also played tackle and center at times. In the Senior Bowl Myers worked out at center and impressed a number of people. QB Brock Berlin is working out in California, but is expected to be back a week before Miami's pro day on March 3. TE Kevin Everett is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but teams are interested in him and is expected to be drafted on the first day.

You The Fans
During the off-season is a good time for us as a company to listen to you the fans—our consumers—as to what improvements you would like to see. We are always open to new ideas and like the ‘Canes, we are always looking to improve. With your input we can continue to make CanesTime the best place for up-to-date information on the team, current recruiting news and analysis, and a positive environment to share your thoughts on the team.

CanesTime the Magazine
The February issue of CanesTime the Magazine featured it's first baseball player (Cesar Carrillo) on the cover in the three-year history of the magazine. The 26 previous issues primarily featured football players, but we have expanded our coverage this year with other University of Miami athletics programs. The magazine still had a number of football articles with features on RB Charlie Jones and TE Greg Olsen along with the highs and lows of 2004. The March issue is the very popular annual recruiting issue with in-depth bios, quotes from head coach Larry Coker, and features on the top recruits.

Basketball Recruiting
Denis Clemente scored 40 points last Saturday in a victory. Clemente will play his final game for Calusa Prep tonight because they are ineligible for the state playoffs. Calusa takes on Palmer Trinity tonight at 7:00 pm—a team that he scored 50 points against earlier in the season in a 133-104 win. Look for Clemente to let it loose tonight and challenge the Miami-Dade single-game scoring record of 70 points in a game. Both teams like to run and Calusa head coach Tim Fowler won't hold back Clemente. Adrian Thomas averaged 29.5 points per game this week for Flanagan in two games. Thomas plays tonight at 6:30 pm against Boyd Anderson—the top team in 6A. South Miami guard Brian Asbury lost a tough game in overtime this week as he scored a season-low 15 points.

Miami Basketball (14-7, 5-5 ACC)
The Hurricanes picked up a huge ACC victory last Saturday with an overtime win against Maryland. Currently the Hurricanes are tied with three other teams for fourth place in the ACC standings. Tomorrow they visit Clemson for a noon contest shown on local television. Miami is 3-3 on the road this year. They return home next Tuesday against #6 Wake Forest. Guillermo Diaz leads the team in scoring averaging 18.8 points per game.

Miami Baseball (4-0)
With a sweep over High Point last weekend the ‘Canes are ready for South Florida this weekend starting tonight at 7:00 pm. Cesar Carrillo will be on the mound in what looks to be a tough pitching match up. Chris Perez is looking to solidify his spot in the starting rotation with a start on Sunday. Last week Perez gave up one run in five innings while striking out four. Ryan Braun is off to a great start hitting .455 with two homeruns and eight RBI.

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

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