Winston Journal #5

Eric Winston checks back with CanesTime for another journal entry. Once again he lets readers know how his rehab process is coming along and gives his thoughts on the team's summer workouts.

Hello Hurricane Fans,

I can't believe how good my knee feels. This is our fourth week of summer workouts and I can't believe how good it feels. I remember the beginning stages after I got hurt and how sore it was. I don't know what happened since then—I just did what I was supposed to do during rehab to get back on the field. I just can't say enough about the trainers and everyone that has been with me the whole way.

I have been doing all of the workouts throughout the summer. I went slow through some stuff in the beginning and right now I'm doing everything. Early this week I did over 400 pounds in squat reps. I have also done all of the agility drills they have asked us to do throughout the summer. I'm even doing all of the position stuff. Honestly, I didn't think it would feel like this until at least July.

This summer has been a great time for our team. In the past when we had a real hard day we would talk about it amongst each other in the locker room and would be complaining about how tough it was. Now we are all talking about how we are glad that it is harder this summer. And it has been harder.

Typically, each summer gets easier because we know what is going on and what to expect. However, this summer we are doing more than we have in the past. We have done more runs on the hill and endurance runs than we have in the past. The workouts are longer, harder, and we are lifting more weights. We have done that on purpose. Coach Swasey wanted that and more importantly, we wanted to do that as a team.

Every day I see a bunch of guys that are working their tails off. The upperclassmen have been doing a great job of leading the team to push each other, but also everyone is taking it to themselves to improve. You have to have that as a team and it is good that we have guys that are willing and want to do whatever it takes in the summer to get where we want to be in the fall.

2005 SEASON

When you think about it, the season is right around the corner. It will be here before we know it. We are excited about it and if we keep working we will get to where we want to be. I'm just real encouraged of how everything is going with us this summer.

Along the offensive line I think we have a chance to be really, really good. I think as a team—we just have to stay healthy. We have had a lot of key injuries the last two years. Because of the injuries we have more depth on our offensive line. We have three outstanding guards in Tyler McMeans, Tony Tella, and Derrick Morse—and that is not to mention Andrew Bain who has been having a great summer. We have a lot of guys that we can plug into the lineup. As a unit when we have our ‘dummy' pads that we hold we are crashing into them pretty hard. We are getting ready to go.

Kyle Wright has been doing well this summer during seven-on-sevens and so has Kirby Freeman. Both quarterbacks are as solid a 1-2 punch as there is in the ACC. I can't imagine anybody else in the conference having two quality quarterbacks than what we do. It is very encouraging to have two solid quarterbacks because of whatever happens. It is fun seeing them both play and they both bring different things to the table.

One thing about our offense is that we have a bunch of guys back that expected to contribute. There is not going to be a lot of unknown's on our team coming out of nowhere. I think a guy like James Bryant will step up and play hard when he gets his opportunities. I think Greg Olsen is going to be amazing this year, but he showed what he could do last year.

Ryan Moore is doing well this summer and he had a great spring. But there is no doubt about it that he has a lot to prove. He was a big-time recruit out of high school and after a good freshman year he didn't put up the numbers last year. It is his time to show what he can do. I think he is working hard out there and I expect him to have a solid year for us.

Personally, I just want to win. If our team wins every game then our guys will be up for awards. I could care less about personal awards and I don't think there is too many guys on the team that care more about personal achievements compared to team goals. You hate to say it, but it isn't always like that. I am so happy that we have leaders in the right places, which I think it is a recipe for success.

After graduating in May, I am really concentrating on getting healthy this summer. I'm making sure I ice my knee when I need to and just have time to relax. This June has already gone fast. Once we get into July it will be time for practice to begin in August. Believe it or not, the season is just around the corner.

-EW-

Eric Winston is working with CanesTime Senior Writer & Assistant Editor Christopher Stock on his journal entries. If you have any questions, comments, or topics of interest for Eric you can send an email to stock@canestime.com

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