Friday Stock Report: 9/23

Earlier this week head coach Larry Coker signed an extension through 2009, which has fans torn. Bottom line is that Coker needs to win games and avoid bad losses. With Colorado coming to town, it will be another challenge for the 1-1 Hurricanes.

The team is 1-1, now they need to get on a roll. They need to win and win with fire and flash. Now more than ever, they need to get people excited about Hurricane football. Scoring seven points in the opener against a Florida State team with not as much talent as previous FSU teams and losing a 20-10 lead against Clemson with three minutes left in the game does not get people excited, nor does a 6-4 record since joining the ACC. It starts tomorrow against Colorado. With a relative weak home schedule this season it is important for the team to put on a show tomorrow to set the stage for the rest of the season. The Canes have five of their next games at home and there is no reason not to win all of them. With those wins they would be 7-1 heading into the November 5 game at Virginia Tech.

Two games into the season and RB Tyrone Moss has already made his mark on the offense leading the team in all-purpose yards with 241 and touchdowns with three. Last game against Clemson he scored two touchdowns in the overtime session including the game-winner from the 25-yardline. Moss is ready and willing to carry the offense on his shoulders. He possesses great vision and power through the holes. He also does a good job of avoiding negative plays and falls forward the majority of the time.

Miami has allowed 14 sacks in the first two games. In comparison they gave up 25 last season. The offense has only converted two first downs after allowing a sack earlier in the drive. The unit will determine the fate of the offense and with four seniors in the starting lineup, you would think they would be able to get it together. Also, quarterback Kyle Wright needs to deliver the ball sooner or throw it away.

Last week against Clemson Miami rushed 22 times on first down compared to just six passes. The week before Miami rushed 18 times compared to 14 passes. Why the change? Simply put, it is safer to run on first down in hopes of putting the offense in a good situation on 2nd and 3rd downs. It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Dan Werner calls the plays this week.

One of the most exciting plays in football is a long pass by the quarterback to a receiver downfield for a big play. With as much speed and talent as Miami has, you wouldn't know it. They need to open up the offense down the field and get the receivers the ball to put them in a position to help the team win. Wright needs to have confidence in his guys to make plays rather than waiting until they are completely open. And it wouldn't hurt to run shotgun plays even if defenses know the pass is coming. What more could you want from a top five receiver unit than what Miami has right now? They have speed, size, agility, good hands, and athleticism. Right now Miami receivers account for 15 of the team's 32 receptions (47%). Miami receivers average 13 yards per catch.

Devin Hester is settling down a bit and showed his rare talent with his explosiveness in a 36-yard run against Clemson. He took a toss right and beat the defenders to the corner then proceeded to head up field and cut back across the field. On the season he has rushed for 41 yards, which ranks him second on the team behind Moss. He will be continued to be used on offense and is a threat to score anytime he has the ball.

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Sophomore running back Andrew Johnson tore his ACL last December and returned to practice this week on the scout team. He showed good speed and agility when given the opportunity. Coker stated that he does not anticipate redshirting Johnson this year despite having three running backs already in the mix. Johnson said he is ready whenever they need him and is just being patient throughout the process. It will be interesting to see whether or not he will contribute this year or redshirt.

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

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