Friday Stock Report: 7/22

The Miami football team is only two weeks away from fall practices. Each passing day the guys are more and more hungry to start the 2005 season. Miami is reportedly close to closing a deal on a big-time non-conference opponent.

CANESFEST SET FOR NEXT WEEKEND
The Miami Hurricanes will host the annual Summer CanesFest next weekend in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Admission and parking are free to both events.

Miami-Dade County CanesFest
Saturday, July 30
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Knight Sports Complex at the UM Campus

Palm Beach County CanesFest
Sunday, July 31
2:00 – 5:00 pm
South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach

Head coach Larry Coker and members of the University of Miami football team will attend the events, which will feature interactive games for kids, player autographs sessions, a Q&A with Coker, Sebastian the Ibis and the University of Miami Cheerleaders. In addition, fans can purchase tickets, merchandise and apparel.

MIAMI-OU DEAL ALMOST COMPLETE
According to The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City's newspaper, Miami and Oklahoma are close to completing a deal that would have the Hurricanes playing in Norman in 2007 and Oklahoma going to Miami in 2009. Miami leads the all-time series 3-2 and has won three straight (1985, 1986, and 1988). The last time they played was on January 1, 1988 in the Orange Bowl Classic with a national championship on the line. Linebacker Bernard Clark was named the game's MVP as Miami defeated Oklahoma 20-14 to win their second national championship.

WINSTON, CARROLL HEAD TO ACC MEDIA DAY
Offensive lineman Eric Winston and defensive end Thomas Carroll are headed to the 2005 ACC Football Kickoff event beginning July 24-26 in Hot Springs, Va. to represent the University of Miami. Winston has played in 30 career games and has started 18 of them. Make no mistake about it, Winston is the leader of this football team. Carroll has 19 starts to his credit and has played in 32 games recording 117 tackles and 22 for loss. He had a career-high 6.5 sacks last year as a junior and has recovered six fumbles in the past two years. Carroll, like Winston, is very respected amongst his teammates and his very knowledgeable about the defensive scheme.

MOSS LEADS WIDE RECEIVER CORPS
Senior Sinorice Moss is the leader amongst the wide receivers. The unit features a number of players who are expected to contribute this year and have been on the team for quite a few seasons now. Moss is a very steady receiver with outstanding hands and speed. In his final season he is looking to become a more consistent performer. His leadership abilities are evident because of the amount of respect his teammates have for him. He goes about his business the right way and has a personality his teammates relate to.

BIG THINGS ARE EXPECTED OF REDDICK
Sophomore safety Anthony Reddick busted onto the Miami scene last summer when he was the only freshman working out with the upperclassmen. Reddick followed his strong summer by earning playing time and eventually made his way into the starting lineup as he started six games. He finished fourth on the team in tackles with 77. This year he is expected to improve on his interception total of one as he is playing with more confidence and a better feel of the defense. Reddick is expected to start at free safety, while senior Greg Threat assumes the duties at strong safety. They will be one of the best safety units in the ACC.

PEATTIE READY FOR 2005
Kicker Jon Peattie ranks seventh on Miami's all-time field goals made list with 35. Carlos Huerta leads the list with 73 and Peattie could challenge that mark with two more seasons of eligibility remaining. With 79 consecutive point after touchdowns he trails only Huerta on the all-time list who made 157 consecutive. Peattie is excited for the 2005 season and is expected to improve on his 59% field goals made this year after hitting at the 79% mark as a freshman. His success is imperative this year as the team makes a run at the national championship.

MORSE HAS TRIMMED DOWN
Offensive lineman Derrick Morse is currently listed at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. Last season he was listed at 325 pounds. The 30 pounds of lost weight will help him this season especially in his mobility. He still has maintained his strength and could be a valuable asset as a pulling guard in 2005. With seniors Tony Tella and Tyler McMeans expected to start at the guard positions, Morse would be the odd man out. However, injuries always occur along the line and depth is always needed. Because he would be great on running plays you might see him inserted in giving Tella or McMeans a break.

SPIECE INDY HEAT TEARING UP AAU BASKETBALL
Team Breakdown, based out of Florida, hosted a national AAU basketball tournament July 13-16 featuring the best AAU team in the country, the Spiece Indy Heat. The Heat features Scout.com's top player in the 2006 class, Greg Oden. High school teammate point guard Mike Conley also joins Oden. Oden and Conley have committed to Ohio State along with super guard Daequan Cook. All three players will be seniors this upcoming school year. Junior-to-be Eric Gordon is also on their team and has listed Miami in his top five, but has Illinois as his favorite. I was able to watch their team play several times and they were nothing short of impressive. Oden is the real deal and plays with a tenacity you like to see from a big man. Cook is a super smooth guard who can fill it up from anywhere on the court. Conley runs the show and doesn't get rattled or affected by his opponents. Gordon can flat out shoot the ball. He has an outstanding touch from the perimeter and would routinely sink 10 in a row during warm-ups.

RIOS PLAYS THROUGH PAIN
Miami commitment Edwin Rios (Miami High 2007) played sparingly during the tournament for Team Breakdown. He missed some games due to a sore ankle and watched from the bench. His team did well in the tournament without him and featured a number of top players in Dade County. When he did play, it was evident his ankle was bothering him.

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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