Stock Report: August 1st

The 2005 season is just weeks away with fall practice beginning on August 6. A number of players are getting exciting just waiting for their number to called on Saturdays. There have been freshmen here all summer as they prepare for the adjustment period this month.

The team begins practice on Saturday in preparation for the 2005 season. The team will begin practice at 3:30 pm and it will be open to the public. Media Day is schedule for Monday, August 8 and the first practice in pads will be on August 10 at 3:30. The first two-a-day on the practice schedule is August 11 with practices at 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves will have plenty of options in 2005. Senior linebackers Roger McIntosh and Leon Williams appear to have stating positions, for now. However, there are plenty of other linebackers waiting in their footsteps for quality playing time. Tavares Gooden was the coach's choice to start alongside McIntosh and Williams a year ago, but will be in a battle this season to hold onto a starting spot. Jon Beason, Romeo Davis, Glenn Cook, and Willie Williams will all be competing for playing time. Beason and Willie Williams appear to have the most upside out of the four, but Cook is a very smart player who could fill in at a moment's notice. Davis has gained weight in the off-season to better prepare himself for the duration of a season.

All but one of Miami's 16 freshmen signees are in according to head coach Larry Coker. Many of them have been in the summer weight conditioning program hoping to gain an edge for fall practices. As opposed to being a step behind in learning the drills or plays, freshmen typically want to have all of the adjustment period behind them. Unfortunately for this year's class, there are not too many opportunities for playing time considering how many players are coming back. Last year Anthony Reddick and Lance Leggett were the stars of the freshmen class, but without any skill position players in the mix it will be hard for a freshman to make a name for himself as a true freshman. Kenny Phillips, Spencer Adkins, and Randy Phillips are three players who could contribute in the 2005 season assuming they have a productive August.

Heading into the 2004 season Orien Harris was expected to have a breakout season. Simply put, he did not break out. Harris had trouble making a number of plays despite a strong off-season and a productive sophomore season the year before. Now Harris is back as a senior and it could be a blessing in disguise. For Miami to make a run at the national championship Harris needs to be productive on and off the field. He is counted on as one of the leaders on the team, but his production is equally as important. Look for Harris to have a solid season in 2005 and vaulting his draft position for the NFL.

Cornerback/returner Devin Hester is the biggest gamebreaker on the team heading into the season. There are plenty of steady skill players on the team, but someone needs to assert themselves as a gamebreaker. Ryan Moore, Tyrone Moss, Lance Leggett, Sinorice Moss, Darnell Jenkins, Derron Thomas, and Greg Olsen all are capable of coming up with big plays. But for this year's team to be at an elite status, someone other than Hester needs to be making big plays week in and week out.

Frank Haith's first recruiting class consists of four players—three from Florida. They have been around the program all summer and look forward to the 2005-06 season. The four freshmen have been awarded their jersey numbers for the season. Point guard Denis Clemente, who had his number 15 jersey retired by Calusa Prep, will indeed wear the 15 jersey at Miami. Brian Asbury, a shooting guard from South Miami, will be wearing number 32. Small forward Adrian Thomas, from Flanagan High, will keep his number 30 jersey. And Jimmy Graham, a power forward from North Carolina, will be wearing 00.

The latest edition of CanesTime the Magazine will be arriving to subscribers at the beginning of September. The magazine will consist of a feature article on Eric Winston, an ACC preview, a look at football recruiting, former Canes in the NFL, a recap of Frank Haith's first recruiting class, and a volleyball team preview. 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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