Friday Stock Report: 4/22

Spring football is over for the Hurricanes, but they are still working out in preparation for the 2005 season, which begins September 5 at Florida State. A number of players are expected to have breakout seasons, but this week I decided to take a look at the top five impact players as first-year starters.

1ST YEAR STARTERS
Miami will feature only a limited number of first-year starters in 2005 due to the low number of seniors graduating, 10. A number of players showed what they could do this spring and plan on continuing their success in the fall. The season is still months away but here are my top five impact players as first-year starters in 2005 along with their career numbers.

5. WR SINORICE MOSS
36 games
31 catches, 492 yards, 3 touchdowns
Believe it or not, but Moss is finally a senior. He has worked himself into the starting role based on his performance in practice and his consistency. When evaluating his skills up against the rest of the wide receivers, Moss is near the top in every category including: best hands, speed, agility, route running, game-breaking ability, and poise. He is very good all-around receiver that uses his 5-foot-8 size as a positive quality. Look for Moss to set career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdown catches this season.

4. TE GREG OLSEN
9 games
16 catches, 275 yards, 1 touchdown
Olsen has been battling a tough slow-healing wrist injury over the past six months. He is expected to be healthy for the season despite playing with a cast throughout spring practices. What separates Olsen from other tight ends is his ability to stretch the field. He makes tough catches down the middle and holds onto the ball despite a number of defenders in the area. Tight ends coach Mario Cristobal is extremely high on Olsen's potential to put up impressive numbers before he leaves. This season he will be a first-year starter as a sophomore and is ready to be the next great tight end at Miami.

3. CB DEVIN HESTER
25 games
17 tackles, 4 interceptions, 5 returns for TD, 181 total yards
Hester was not on the first team throughout spring practices as he played behind Marcus Maxey. So what. Look for Hester to be starting opposite of Kelly Jennings this season for no other reason than his ability to make the big play. He has proven to be a playmaker in his first two years as a Hurricane regardless of where he is on the field. At times he loses his man off the line, but in doing so he baits the quarterback into thinking his man is open. Holding him back as a reserve cornerback would be a disservice to the defense. Starting him would maximize the talent on the field. Playmakers make plays and Hester is a playmaker.

2. QB KYLE WRIGHT
2 games
30 yards, 0 td, 0 int, 56%
Wright proved this spring he is the starting quarterback although a public announcement by head coach Larry Coker has not been made. His steady spring launched him into the starting role and his performance in the spring game got the Hurricane fans excited about his future. Anyone who has seen Wright play knows what he brings to the table including a strong balance between accuracy and arm strength—something the team has not seen in a number of years. Hurricane fans can be tough on the starting quarterback (i.e. Brock Berlin), but look for them to be excited about Wright's ability to throw the deep pass, which also excites Sinorice Moss, Darnell Jenkins, and Akieem Jolla.

1. RB TYRONE MOSS
23 games
956 yards, 11 touchdowns, 4.6 avg
The "new Tyrone Moss" is ready for a big year. He has slimmed down and has matured in his first two seasons as a Hurricane. Let's face it, high school was easy for him as he rushed for over 7,000 yards. When he first arrived to Miami he began to realize it was a different game and he must adapt. Now he is ready to be the full-time starter at running back. The running back is arguably the most important position in the Miami offense, because of their balanced offensive scheme, as they want to run to set up the pass. It is extremely important for Moss to have a great season with a first-year quarterback at the helm. If healthy, look for Moss to become the school's eighth 1,000-yard rusher.

CANES TIME SPRING COVERAGE
This spring the staff at CanesTime provided premium articles on all 68 scholarship players currently on the roster. You will have a hard time finding that type of content from any other media organization across the country regardless of school or company. A lot of time, effort, and hard work goes into a project like this and it could not have been done without a great staff of writers, the assistance from the UM sports information office, and most importantly the cooperation of the players. The staff compiled over 100 articles in the spring including player articles, practice reports, photo galleries, and weekly analysis.

#5 MIAMI BASEBALL (29-9-1, 13-4-1 ACC)
The baseball team kicks off a three-game series this weekend against #17 Florida State at home. Tonight at 7 pm will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. Last year Miami won the series 4-2 including as the teams played six games in a row last April. Cesar Carrillo looks to improve to 22-0 in his career tonight. Brandon Camardese and Ricky Orta remain the number two and three starters respectively. Alex Garabedian (.304-3-25) was awarded the ACC Player of the Week for his efforts last week. FSU's top player, Shane Robinson, batted .273 going 6-for-22 with two RBI last year against Miami.

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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