Friday Stock Report: 5/13

The MIami Hurricanes finished spring practices a month ago, Kyle Wright has been named the starting quarterback, the spring semester has ended, and they are currently taking a break until summer workouts.

MAY 13
The team is enjoying time off right now after completing spring practices last month. They completed finals earlier this week and will enjoy their first weekend of the summer. Many of them are using the time to relax and enjoy their time away from the field. Some will head home for a bit since they do not get a lot of time to do so. It is important for them to understand that it is okay to have a break so they can come back mentally and physically strong when they are due to report. Playing football at a major university can wear on an individual so when there is time off available, they must take advantage.

JUNE 6
The team is set to report with the strength and conditioning coaches on June 6. On that day they will begin their summer program which will feature running and time in the weight room set up in a pyramid form with the team starting off slow before peaking. As it gets closer to reporting for fall practice in August they will begin to hold back a bit to prep them for the next five months.

JUNE 29
Summer session II begins June 29 and a number of incoming freshmen expect to be in class that day. Freshmen may not participate with the team until they have graduated in high school. Miami-Dade high schools finish up on June 1. Just because a freshmen participates in the university off-season workout plan it does not guarantee they have been admitted into school. It is common for local players to participate in these voluntary freshman workouts, but some will choose to spend their final summer in their hometown before reporting in August.

DUANE STARKS
Starks returned in January 2004 to the University of Miami to complete his college degree. Today at 12:30 he will be participating in graduation ceremonies and will receive a liberal arts degree. Starks finished his Miami football career in 1997 and was selected in the first round—10th overall—by the Baltimore Ravens where he would play four seasons and win a Super Bowl ring in 2000. Currently, the cornerback from Miami Beach, is a member of the New England Patriots. In six NFL seasons, Starks has recorded 25 interceptions and two touchdowns.

EDWIN RIOS
Earlier this month the Miami basketball team received a verbal commitment from Miami High point guard Edwin Rios. Rios led his team to the 6A State Championship as a sophomore this past season averaging 25 points per game. He is scheduled to be a Hurricane in the fall of 2007. Rios is a lefthanded player with a shoot-first mentality who does not back down against big-time competition. When watching Rios you forget that he is only a sophomore. His commitment to the ‘Canes is good for the program as they not only pick up a good local talent, but also a good player on the national level. By the time he is a senior he could be a top 10 point guard in the country.

#3 MIAMI BASEBALL (36-11-1, 17-6-1 ACC)
The Hurricanes are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and look to continue their winning ways tonight at 7 pm at Virginia for a three-game series. Cesar Carrillo will take an 11-0 record into tonight' game. Manny Miguelez has earned the Sunday start for the second straight weekend. The lefthanded freshman has a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings. Eddy Rodriguez earned ACC Player of the Week honors with his 10-for-12 performance last weekend against Jacksonville. Ryan Braun, a Golden Spikes candidate, is batting .417 with 15 homeruns and 66 RBI. He is averaging 1.47 RBI per game, which ranks sixth in the nation.

ACC BASEBALL
There are two weekends remaining in ACC competition before the ACC tournament. Georgia Tech leads the league with an 18-6 record and host Virginia Tech this weekend before traveling to North Carolina next weekend. The top seven seeds will be at an advantage as they will not have to play as many games to win the ACC tournament set to begin on May 24 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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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