Friday Stock Report: 3/25

The team completed their second week of practice this week and will resume on Monday with two weeks remaining. The team will have five practices in the next nine days before they head into their final week. There are a number of players ready to make a statement this spring and I expect that to happen this week.

2ND WEEK OF PRACTICE
Miami completed their second week of practice and have nine practices remaining including the Spring Game on April 9 at Lockhart Stadium. There were three scheduled practices this week, but one was rained out and cannot be made up. Kyle Wright is still in a battle with Kirby Freeman although it appears he is separating himself each day as the starting quarterback. Orien Harris, Lance Leggett, and Carlos Armour were added to the injured list this week. The team will resume practice on Monday and will have five practices next week.

THURSDAY SCRIMMAGE
Miami held a mid-spring scrimmage at Traz Powell Stadium located on the North Campus of Miami-Dade Community College Thursday night in front of 1,500 fans. The team went through regular practice drills at the beginning mixing in various offense/defense drills before having a scrimmage at the end of practice. A detailed play-by-play scrimmage report including formations used can be found here. Derron Thomas, Marcus Maxey, Ryan Moore, and George Timmons were amongst the standouts of the scrimmage.

CB CARLOS ARMOUR
Carlos Armour is a 6-foot-3 cornerback from Memphis and is widely regarded as a high impact player for the future. Unfortunately Armour has his work cut out for him to be that player as he suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's practice. It happened on a regular play as people fell on his knee. He is staying positive throughout the tough situation. Armour will miss the 2005 season, but could be ready to participate in spring practice in 2006 in preparation for his sophomore season. Glenn Sharpe and Devin Hester will be seniors in 2006 as Armour and Rashaun Jones will be looking to get in the mix.

INJURIES
This comes up every year, but recently the Hurricanes have got hit hard. This spring the following players will not be competing in contact drills: OL Eric Winston, DT Orien Harris, LB Roger McIntosh, RB Tyrone Moss, WR Lance Leggett, OL Tony Tella, RB Andrew Johnson, and CB Carlos Armour. WR Sinorice Moss is hoping to be back practicing at full speed on Monday. FS Anthony Reddick hurt his knee on Thursday and did not return to practice. TE Buck Ortega has had shoulder and knee troubles. TE Greg Olsen (wrist), CB Devin Hester (hip), and FS Brandon Meriweather (ankle) are not 100 percent.

RUNNING BACKS
Charlie Jones (Homestead, Fla.), Derron Thomas (Reserve, La.), and George Timmons (Lake City, Fla.) are the three running backs taking snaps at tailback this spring. All three players were first-year Hurricanes in 2004. Jones was the only one of the three who played as he rushed six times for 25 yards. Jones has been the team's first-string tailback with Thomas on the second-team and Timmons as the third-string back. Coker has liked the consistency shown by all three and wants to get them more live opportunities.

WHAT TO WATCH NEXT WEEK
The team will have five practices next week beginning Monday at 3 pm followed by Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday practices also at 3 pm. The fifth and final practice of the week will be on Saturday at 10 am. This is the heaviest week of the spring for practices and there will be plenty to watch. Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman look to have another week to show what they can do. Also, watch for Derron Thomas and whether or not he can remain in a great rhythm. With Leggett out for the spring Darnell Jenkins is ready to take his reps. Andrew Bain is a player on the offensive line ready to show what he can do. There are a number of guys ahead of Bain, but he will be one to watch next week. Anthony Wollschlager has yet to get his reps as the team's starting center with Alex Pou having that role all spring. Watch the Wollschlager-Pou battle. Jon Beason and Willie Williams have had some of the biggest hits of the spring and I expect them to have a big week of practice this week.

CANES TIME
We are continuing to bring you the reader with up-to-date player feature articles, practice reports, and photo galleries throughout the spring. If you missed an article here is a list of the articles we have done. With David Lake and Sean Fitzpatrick at practices along with myself we are able to provide you with the latest with what is going on with your Hurricanes. Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat is working hard at providing articles on the baseball team as they make a run to get back to the College World Series for the 10th time in 12 years under head coach Jim Morris. Mike Bakas is doing his thing with football recruiting as he gets ready for another year.

MIAMI BASEBALL
Tonight Miami (21-5, 7-2) faces ACC opponent #4 Georgia Tech (19-3, 9-0) at home tonight at 7 pm. Georgia Tech enters the game averaging 11.5 runs per game and has won 25 ACC games in a row. Miami defeated FIU on Wednesday 11-3 behind a strong pitching performance by Brandon Camardese who pitched 5.2 innings and gave up two runs. Eddy Rodriguez has homered in three straight games and will be the team's catcher for now. Walter Diaz is on an 11-game hit streak and hitting .361 during the streak. Ricky Orta has moved up to the #2 slot in the rotation and is 5-1 on the season with a 1.67 ERA.

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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