The team is enjoying time off right now after completing finals last week. Some of them are doing individual workouts, but they won't all return together as a team until June 6 when they meet with the strength and conditioning coaches.
A number of guys missed spring practices—19 to be exact—and a number of them were key players such as Eric Winston, Roger McIntosh, Tyrone Moss, and Orien Harris. When the team gets back together on June 6 for summer workouts it will be important for the seniors to let the younger guys know what kind of team they expect to have in 2005. Many of the younger guys don't understand what Miami Football can bring to the college football world this season. Due to the lack of a full squad in the spring it is tough to understand what the team has going on, but as the summer to progress look for confidence and excitement to build heading into August.
With Sinorice Moss back as a senior he figures to be starting at one spot this season. As a senior it is now his time to show what he can do. He has been a steady performer his first two seasons, before a productive a season a year ago. Ryan Moore has returned to his 2003 form and should be an impact player this season. Kyle Wright has confidence in Moore and as a young player it is important for Wright to establish a go-to receiver. Lance Leggett will begin running in July and will be another key ingredient for offensive success at the receiver position. Darnell Jenkins, Akieem Jolla, and Khalil Jones should provide solid depth to a receiving corps ready to take their game to the next level.
Roger McIntosh has been cleared to play after dealing with a shoulder/back injury for the past five months. McIntosh was one of many seniors who did not participate in spring practice, but is ready to take on more of a leadership role this season. As the 2004 season went on he began to step it up as a leader. Leon Williams, Tavares Gooden, Jon Beason, Glenn Cook, Romeo Davis, and Willie Williams all have potential to be solid linebackers. Whether or not they can be productive this season remains to be seen, but each of them have shown promise and positive signs that have led the coaches to believe they will have a solid group.
The bottom line is this group needs to improve in order for Miami to have a successful season in 2005. What to like about this unit is four seniors are expected to start. Assuming Eric Winston comes back to form he will be the team's left tackle. Rashad Butler is ready for a breakout season and is a potential All-ACC player. Tyler McMeans appears to be the team's right guard with Tony Tella back healthy at left guard. All four have playing experience and this is their final season to leave their marks. Tyrone Byrd appears to have the center position in his hands assuming he does not have a drop off in his performance. Byrd is athletic, aggressive, and smart, which will help him at the center position.
#4 MIAMI BASEBALL (38-13-1, 19-8-1 ACC)
The Hurricanes lost the series opener last night to Clemson, 15-5. They allowed 11 runs in the fourth inning and committed a season-high six errors in the game. Miami now sits at 19-8-1 in the ACC with Georgia Tech leading with a 21-7 record. Florida State and Clemson are both 19-9. The series resumes tonight at 7:15 with senior Dan Touchet on the mound.
Carrillo had a rough night last night giving up 11 hits in 23 at-bats going 3.2 innings giving up 11 runs—five earned. He took the loss for the first time in his career and is now 24-1 in his two-year career as a Hurricane. He has a career 2.49 ERA and has struck out 197 batters while walking 61. Next month he projects as a first-round draft pick in the MLB Draft and is expected to forego his final year of eligibility.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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