Friday Stock Report: 7/8

This week has been an up-and-down week for the Hurricanes. There was definitely some positive news, but one could contend that it was overshadowed by an unfortunate circumstance. With fall practices just around the corner excitement is beginning to build.

Junior cornerback Glenn Sharpe suffered a torn ACL last Friday and will miss the 2005 season. He missed the second half of the 2003 season with a torn ACL and spent the entire 2004 season recovering. The knee he injured on Friday is not the same knee he has been working to get back into game shape. Because he has already used his redshirt season Sharpe will be a senior next year, but is expected to apply for a sixth year, which would grant him eligibility in 2007. When the former Carol City star arrived on the team as a freshman there were high expectations surrounding him. Many people thought he would leave early for the NFL after his junior season based on his natural cover ability and exceptional speed. Although the team will go on, it is very unfortunate personally for Sharpe to again go through such a long and grueling process.

There is plenty of experience on the offensive line returning for 2005, except at the center position. Anthony Wollschlager was expected to take over the position after Joel Rodriguez graduated, but he has not done anything to impress the coaching staff. In fact, Wollschlager was moved to tackle late in spring practices to give more reps to Tyrone Byrd—a redshirt freshman. Byrd played the majority of the spring at center after switching between guard and tackle with the scout team in 2004. This fall Wollschlager will battle Byrd for the starting spot and Alex Pou, John Rochford, and Andrew Bain could also be factors in the battle at center. Whether or not the coaching staff feels comfortable with Byrd against Florida State has not been determined, but either way the center position appears to be very competitive this fall.

Leon Williams is a fifth-year senior from Brooklyn, N.Y. and is looking to finish his career on a high note. When Jonathan Vilma left after the 2003 season, Williams was expected to take over in the middle. Last season, Williams experience the ups and downs of a first-year starter, but did impress the coaching staff late in the season. He brings a lot of size to the middle and does well wrapping up once he gets his hand on the ball carrier. However, he is still improving against the pass and his pursuit of the ball. Head coach Larry Coker has a history of going with seniors and Williams will get an opportunity to show what he can do in his final season.

Fall practices begin in just four weeks as the team will get together on August 5 for their first practice of the 2005 season, which is set to begin September 5 at Florida State. Spring practices went well for the team as a number of guys got reps and the summer has been productive. However, August practices are where it all begins. Once the team reports for the fall and gets into pads there will be a different focus around the team. Expect the team to practice with a greater intensity than they did last year when they finished 9-3 and 5-3 in the ACC.

Andrew Bain lost weight heading into spring practices and it showed. He was more mobile than he has been in his career at Miami and is doing whatever it takes to get on the field. He is a natural guard, but has stated he is willing to move to center if the team needs him there. Bain is sophomore who has played in 10 games in his career primarily on special teams. This year he could be a key guy off the bench. He has great athleticism for his size and understands the offensive concept. His positive attitude will carry him far and he figures to make an impact in 2005 to set up a starting role in 2006.

Pat Devlin committed to Miami earlier this week when he called offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Werner and Coker. Devlin is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from Exeter (Pa.) Downingtown East. In his last two years he has passed for over 5,100 yards to go with 48 touchdowns. He chose Miami over Virginia and Michigan. Miami is expected to sign another quarterback in the 2006 signing class to go along with Devlin.

The latest edition of CanesTime the Magazine has been shipped out and subscribers should be receiving the last magazine of Volume III. Inside the magazine you will find a 2005 Season Preview along with articles on the NFL Draft, former ‘Canes in MLB, Jon Jay, Katie Meier, and more. The magazine is published 10 times a year by Scout Publishing. Subscriptions are $39.95 a year if ordered online at ($44.95 if not).

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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