Friday Stock Report: 8/26

The season opener is just 10 days away and despite Hurricane Katrina it is a very exciting time.

The team only held three practices this week and had three days off including today. On Tuesday the practice was closed to the media as the team scrimmaged in the Orange Bowl. Head coach Larry Coker was pleased with the progress of the offense as the team scored two touchdowns, but the offensive line is still a work in progress. On Thursday the team practice for two hours in the rain before Hurricane Katrina completely hit Miami-Dade County. Today's practice was cancelled, but tomorrow they plan on practicing in the afternoon as the storm clears the area.

Tyler McMeans is a senior offensive lineman from Shippenville, Pa. who enters his second season as a Hurricane. After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and two years in junior college, McMeans enters his final season of college football. With Eric Winston and Rashad Butler holding it down at the tackle positions it is important for McMeans to establish himself as a top-tier guard. He is currently playing left guard and starting at right guard to begin the season a year ago prior to a knee injury. The guard position is a key to Miami's running game as they like to run inside the tackles and at times, they want the guard to pull and be the lead blocker for the tailback. With Tyrone Moss, Derron Thomas, Charlie Jones, and Kyle Wright depending on the success of a guard, McMeans is the one that could ease their transitions as they all take on larger roles from a year ago. McMeans, 25, is a physical guard who understands the offense very well. Coker was not happy with his performance in Tuesday night's scrimmage at the Orange Bowl. It is up to McMeans to turn it around in 10 days before the season opener. The offensive line is counting on him.

Recently, WR Sinorice Moss, WR Darnell Jenkins, SS Brandon Meriweather, LB Leon Williams, OL Tyrone Byrd, CB Devin Hester, OL Tyler McMeans, and SS Greg Threat have dealt with minor injuries and have been held out of practice completely or some have been guarded a bit. Is this a cause of concern? Yes and no. It is a cause of concern because all of these players are important keys to the success of the team. It is not a cause of concern if the players take care of their bodies now and do not let the injuries linger into the season thus hampering their production on the field. All of the players listed above should be listed as probable for the season opener except for Meriweather who has to be considered questionable at this point due to his hamstring injury and the number of practices he has missed. Injuries happen to every team especially minor ones, but it is not a good start to the season for these players.

Junior linebacker Tavares Gooden expects a big year for his teammates and himself. He is very confident in the team's quest to win a national championship. Defensive intensity, speed, and talent are three areas to be excited about with this defense. When assessing his personal goals and achievements he looks forward to taking his game to the next level—meaning a national level. He wants to improve tremendously on his 83 tackles (10 for loss) that he recorded a year ago as a first-year starter. This season Gooden is the expected starter at strongside linebacker. During fall practices he has been battling a knee injury, but he wanted to get back on the field. His energy is undeniable as he prepares for the 2005 season.

The defensive line unit of Orien Harris, Thomas Carroll, Bryan Pata, and Baraka Atkins could put together a phenomenal season if they bring it each and every play. All four possess good speed for their positions and have been improving on their ability to contain the run led by Harris. So who will lead this unit in sacks? Carroll and Atkins had 6.5 last season, Pata had 3, and Harris had 1.5. And since we've been doing prediction all week, I'm going with Carroll at the right end position. The reason Carroll is the choice is because he is consistently in the backfield making noise. What makes Carroll so tough to go up against is his speed, technique, knowledge of the game, and the fact that he doesn't give up on plays. In fact, Carroll has recovered six fumbles in the last two years.

A year after moving to linebacker Beason has played himself into a starting role this season. Not only has he made his way into the starting lineup, but he has been the only constant at linebacker this fall. Tavares Gooden and Roger McIntosh have been hurt while Romeo Davis and Leon Williams traded spots in the middle. Beason is currently the weakside linebacker and has been used a lot off the edge in various blitz schemes. The coaches have liked his intensity and his ability to learn various ideas in meetings. Now Beason has to take what he has learned in the classroom and the practice field and put it to use during the game.

This year staff members will provide an in-depth look at other areas around the football program besides the players and the coaches. We focus a lot of time and effort on practices, press conferences, games, but there are a lot of other people behind the scenes that attribute to the success of the Miami Hurricanes football program. The first part of the series debuted yesterday with a look at academics. Staff Writer David Lake met with David Wyman, the Director of Academic Services at the University of Miami, and provided a detailed report on what is expected of a student athlete.

This past week CanesTime senior contributors Bryan "Grassy" Knoll, Mike Bakas, and Christopher Stock answered one question each day concerning the 2005 season. Each contributor offered their thoughts on the various questions. Listed below is a recap of the four questions that were answered. The final question will be up Sunday.
Question #1 | Question #2 | Question #3 | Question #4

The weekly TV show features a panel of members of the media in the state of Florida hosted by Whit Watson. On August 15, the three websites in Florida: (Miami), (Florida State), and (Florida) were featured at the beginning of the show with call-in guests talking about recent news from fall practice. This Monday, will once again be represented by Christopher Stock, who is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for and CanesTime the Magazine.

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

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