Friday Stock Report: 3/18

The team did not practice this week due to spring break, but will resume practices on Tuesday. They have 12 practices remaining and are open to the public. The final practice of the spring is the annual spring game, which is set for April 9 at Lockhart Stadium.

Spring Break
The University of Miami was on spring break this week and the football team took the week off after three days of spring practices last week. Some members of the team took the opportunity to go home to be with their families and some enjoyed the week going out in Miami. Others took the time to catch up on their sleep and relax before they resume practice.

Practices Resume
Practices resume Tuesday, March 22 at 3 pm with a practice in shells. Practices are open to the public and are generally last two hours. There is a 30% chance of rain on Tuesday with highs expected to be in the mid 80s. When the team resumes practice look for depth chart shuffles to begin. The first week was a standard first week with the team in shorts and the team lined up much like they did at the end of the season. Now it will get interesting.

New to the two-deep
Every year new players emerge and become key contributors to the team. This year a number of players return to the team leaving few openings in the two-deep. Besides the quarterbacks here are some guys to watch that are expected to be in the two-deep this fall: RB Charlie Jones, OL Chris Rutledge, OL Tyrone Byrd, DE Eric Moncur, and LB Willie Williams.

16 Seniors
With 16 seniors on the roster the team appears to have enough leaders ready to step up. Some of the seniors that have shown leadership skills are WR Sinorice Moss, RB Quadtrine Hill, DT Orien Harris, and LB Roger McIntosh. Those four have combined for 64 starts in their careers, but are looking to make an even bigger impact this year. Many of the seniors will have their careers defined by this season and they want to go out strong. It is a realistic goal for these seniors, their teammates, coaches, and the fans to participate in the BCS National Championship game on January 4 at the Rose Bowl. The talent is there.

Ryan Moore
Moore had a great first week of practices catching nearly everything thrown his way. He made the easy catches, the tough catches, and the ones he wasn't expected to catch. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds he has outstanding size. One thing that separates him from other tall receivers on the team is his ability to go up and get the ball. Moore is a natural basketball player and it shows on the field. With Moore on the field in the fall look for the quarterback to try and utilize his size more particularly in the redzone. When he is on his game he is tough to stop and early indications point to him returning to his 2003 form when he led the team in receiving as a freshman as opposed to his 2004 form in which he battled with injuries along with playing time.

Track & Field
Every spring a number of football players participate in track and field. Tomorrow is the first event of the outdoor season with the Hurricane Invitational at home with the track events scheduled to start at 2 pm. The most interesting event to watch will be the 4x100 team, which consists of WR Darnell Jenkins, WR Terrell Walden, CB Kelly Jennings, and WR Lance Leggett. Walden will also be participating in the 100-meter dash and Leggett will be in the 110-meter hurdles. Jenkins is also scheduled to be on the 4x400 team. There are 20 teams competing in the event and tickets are $5 for adults.

Miami Hoops
The basketball team finished their 2004-05 season on Tuesday night with a 69-67 loss in Columbia, S.C. to South Carolina in the NIT Tournament. They finished the season with a 16-13 record. In the game Robert Hite led all scorers with 23 points as Miami made 13-of-27 from behind the three-point line. The Hurricanes lose two seniors PF William Frisby (8.7 ppg) and PF Brandon Okpalobi (0.5 ppg), but will welcome in four signees: PG Denis Clemente, SG Brian Asbury, SF Adrian Thomas, and PF Jimmy Graham. There is speculation that leading scorer Guillermo Diaz will forego his final two seasons of eligibility for the NBA Draft, but head coach Frank Haith anticipates Diaz being back. Diaz averaged 18.6 points per game and was named to the All-ACC second team. Miami improved their home attendance by 69% averaging 4,303 fans per game compared to 2,545 last year.

Miami Baseball
On Wednesday Miami concluded a 12-game home stand with a 10-2 record. Starting pitchers Cesar Carrillo, Dan Touchet, and Ricky Orta were dominant last week combining for four starts they did not allow an earned run in 24.2 innings and had 20 strikeouts in their four wins. Tonight they take an 18-4 record onto the road for their first ACC road series against Wake Forest, who is 9-10 on the year. The series begins today at 3 pm and resumes tomorrow at 1:30 pm with a series finale on Sunday at 1 pm. Miami has won six games in a row and nine of their last 10.

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

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