Many people believe that games are not won on Saturdays, but right now during the summer. If this team has what it takes the signs will be there before they report for official practices in August.
WR Sinorice Moss - Well-respected amongst teammates especially receivers, thoughtful, does his job without questioning authority, strong personality, and should be a positive contributor on the team.
OL Eric Winston - Leader on the offensive line which has three other seniors, one of the best in the country at his position, has proven himself on the field, fighting through adversity with injury, smart, articulate, and not afraid to speak his mind regarding any subject
DT Orien Harris - Although he might be a surprise leader amongst the fans his teammates have followed his lead since he began a larger role on the team, carries himself with a strong demeanor, talented, hard-worker, strong personality who relates well with his teammates and his coaches, should have a big season in 2005 despite a disappointing '04 campaign
LB Roger McIntosh - The guys, particularly at linebacker, have started to rally around McIntosh even though he is a typically quiet individual. He has been around the program and has a lot of playing experience. There is not much he can not do on the football field. Late in the '04 season he really became a leader of the defense before his shoulder/back injury. Producing on the field will help McIntosh feel even more comfortable as a leader in 2005.
Those are the four leaders I see on the team right now. There are leaders by example on the team such as CB Kelly Jennings, SS Greg Threat, WR Ryan Moore, and DE Thomas Carroll.
FS Brandon Meriweather and LB Jon Beason are two players who could become strong leaders if their roles on the team are increased in 2005. QB Kyle Wright will be a natural leader because of the position he plays and it will be interesting to see how the team comes together in August after Wright has been named the starting quarterback.
There have been some freshmen that have reported to the team and our participated in summer workouts such as Kenny Phillips and Bruce Johnson. More freshmen are expected to arrive on campus and enroll in summer session II classes beginning on June 29. Whether or not freshmen come in early to participate in summer workouts has no bearing of their playing time in the fall, but it doesn't hurt. With a number of players returning on the team and not a lot of playing time available, it is impressive to see about half of the freshmen class participating in summer workouts already.
Last summer Reddick was preparing for his freshman season and when he arrived on campus early he immediately made a name for himself. Reddick was the only freshman in the 2004 class to be moved up to work out with the upperclassmen—a sign of good things to come. He has a strong work ethic and quietly goes about his business without any questions asked. He was not a prime-time recruit when he signed with the Hurricane, but by the time August rolled around the Hurricanes knew they had a good piece to their puzzle for the season. Reddick would line up next to former players/current NFL players such as Andre Johnson during the summer just to see if he could run with them. During his freshman season Reddick finished fourth on the team in tackles.
Although Thomas did not have the freshman season that Reddick had, he did begin his Hurricane preparation in the summer of 2004. Thomas hails from Reserve, La. and although it is not as common for out of state players to participate in the voluntary summer workouts, Thomas was the first of his class to arrive in the summer. He was one of four running backs in his class that signed with the Hurricanes and immediately found himself behind the other backs thus he was redshirted. But Thomas came back strong in the spring and solidified himself as the number two running back behind Tyrone Moss. He broke out a number of big runs, which prompted his promotion to the first-team with Moss out and Charlie Jones not performing at the same caliber as Thomas.
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The team played with confidence and got the pitching it needed in order to win their 12th straight regional. Tonight the Hurricanes will face Nebraska in Lincoln in a best-of-three series to determine who will advance to the College World Series. Nebraska enters the Super Regional with a 54-13 record and a premier pitching staff that features four starting pitchers with an ERA under 3.00. The games are at 1:05 pm today, 12:05 pm on Saturday, and if needed, 4:05 on Sunday.
For the Super Regionals the key player for the Hurricanes is Ryan Braun. Braun, who was the fifth overall selection this week in the MLB Draft, is the team's best player and for the team to win at Lincoln he needs to be strong. Danny and Paco Figueroa will set the tone for the lineup and get on base. It is Braun's responsibility to drive them home when he has the opportunity. Although they will not directly face each other it will be interesting to see how Braun compares to Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon who had an outstanding season and was taken second overall in the draft.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com
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