Friday Stock Report: 4/8

The team will have their final practice of the spring today at 3 pm prior to the spring game tomorrow. There have been plenty of positive signs this spring with a number of guys stepping up. Don't let negativity fool you—the Miami Hurricanes will be an elite team in 2005.

SPRING GAME INFO

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Lockhart Stadium, 5301 NW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33309
TV: CSS

WEEK OF PRACTICE
This week was fairly slow compared to last week when the team held five practices in six days. The team only had two practices this week—Tuesday and Wednesday. What transpired this week was a shuffle along the offensive line. Freshman Tyrone Byrd has the coaches excited about his move to center. Byrd is still working on his snapping abilities and still has a ways to go. There have been too many bad exchanges with him in the quarterback since his move. He should be fine after a summer of continuous workouts. Derrick Morse has had a fractured hand and decided it was time to get it fixed up as opposed to playing through it. Derron Thomas is making plays and Sinorice Moss was nearly unstoppable in one-on-one drills.

SPRING GAME
After spending plenty of time around the team this spring I have came up with a list of three names I expect to have big performances during tomorrow's spring game. Keep in mind there will be more than three players who show up with big performances tomorrow. So without further ado, drum roll please…

Player number one, Derron Thomas. I know, I know that is an easy choice because the 5-foot-9 running back from Louisiana has been ripping it up in the spring. He has great speed, vision, elusiveness, and a cutback ability that allows him to break any run for a long gain.

The second player on my list is a player who has missed substantial spring/fall practice time in his career. Yes, you got it…Ryan Moore. The 6-foot-3 wide receiver from Orlando is flat out getting the job done this spring. He has plenty to prove in 2005 after a disappointing sophomore campaign in '04. Look for Moore to have a big season this with 50+ catches and 800+ yards.

My final player has got to be on the defensive line since they have once again been remarkable. This year's unit is very similar to the past two seasons in terms of depth. So let's go to North Miami to find the last big-time spring game performer because it is your time Kareem Brown. Brown, a defensive tackle, has been doing a great job this spring regardless of who he goes up against. He is playing with a passion and desire to succeed. Look for Brown to come up with a couple of sacks and provide steady pressure on the offense.

Honorable Mention: QB Kyle Wright, QB Kirby Freeman, SS Greg Threat, CB Devin Hester, WR Sinorice Moss, LB Jon Beason, OL Rashad Butler.

CAROL CITY vs. AQUINAS
Miami Carol City features four players on the current team—WR Sinorice Moss, CB Glenn Sharpe, LB Willie Williams, and DE Eric Moncur. St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale also features four players—LB Tavares Gooden, FS Anthony Reddick, OL Anthony Wollschlager, and K Mark Gent. Both high school programs are rich in tradition and have produced tremendous athletes. Which school has the best current Hurricanes? Moss has 492 receiving yards in his career, but Gooden totaled 83 tackles last season in his first season as a starter. Sharpe has one career interception, but Reddick started six games as a freshman last year. Gent, Moncur, Williams, and Wollschlager have not been big contributors in their careers thus far. So who gets the nod? You have to go with Carol City based on the expected contributions to Miami football by Williams and Moncur. Throw safety Kenny Phillips in the mix this fall and you have five solid players.

GOODEN-BEASON-WILLIAMS
The trio of Tavares Gooden, Jon Beason, and Willie Williams are the linebackers of the future for Miami in 2006. All three could be worked into the starting lineup at some point this season and their development over the next 16 months is important to the success of the Miami defense. All three players have aspirations and the potential to reach the NFL whenever they decide to do so. They possess solid tackling ability and the ability to attack from their various linebacker positions. Currently Beason and Gooden are on the first-team this spring with Williams on the second-team.

WHAT NEXT?
After spring practices are finished the team will still continue to workout. As they finish up their spring semester, which concludes on May 12, they will take time before entering their summer workout program. Some of players including Terrell Walden, Akieem Jolla, and Darnell Jenkins plan on participating in the outdoor track season. This is a good time for the players to relax and spend time with their families. It is also a good time for the players dealing with minor injuries to be 100 percent before August. A number of guys will pay close attention to the NFL Draft on April 23-24 especially to their former teammates Antrel Rolle, Frank Gore, and Roscoe Parrish.

UM HALL OF FAME BANQUET
On Wednesday I attended the 37th Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Banquet as the University of Miami inducted fellow Hurricane greats Warren Sapp (1991-94) and Michael Barrow (1989-1992) into their prestigious Hall of Fame. Former head coach Dennis Erickson (1989-1994) was also honored. Erickson said his six years at Miami was "the best six years of his life." Miami also welcomed five other inductees including tennis great Nathaniel Crosby—the son of famous entertainer Bing Crosby.

MIAMI BASEBALL (24-9, 8-4 ACC)
Last weekend was a rough series for the Hurricanes. They split a four-game series with Oral Roberts after winning the first two. In game three a number of Miami reserves got the start, but could not deliver as they fell in extra innings. Cesar Carrillo (7-0, 0.95) is on the mound tonight at 7 pm in Blacksburg, Va. against Virginia Tech in a three-game ACC series. Brandon Camardese (3-0, 3.86) starts on Saturday at noon with Ricky Orta (6-2, 3.59) getting the nod on Sunday at noon. Danny Figueroa has been hot on the base paths as of late and currently has 12 stolen bases. His twin brother Paco leads the team with 17. Two of the biggest surprises this season have been Eddy Rodriguez (.325-4-18) and Walter Diaz (.330-3-14).

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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