Friday Stock Report: 11/18

The Miami Hurricanes (8-1) are ranked third in the nation and looking to keep things going this week against Georgia Tech (6-3). The basketball team is underway and the baseball team team concludes fall practices tomorrow.

OPENING THOUGHTS…
Earlier this week a story broke (two years after the fact) about a song that some people didn't approve of. My only recommendation for fans, media, or anyone else is to make sure you identify someone properly for their work. Misrepresenting an artist is unjustifiable and a clarification is in order. So without further ado, here are the Hurricanes who should be credited for their work...

Actually, now that I think about it. If they wanted other people to know about the song, wouldn't they have released it earlier...say, two years ago?

TIME FOR GEORGIA TECH
Heading into the season, I thought Georgia Tech could be a nice surprise in the ACC. It didn't take long for the Yellow Jackets to show their worth as they knocked off Auburn, now 8-2, in the season opener. Georgia Tech could have really used a win over Virginia last week with Miami and Georgia (7-2) up next.

Georgia Tech has four nice offensive weapons in QB Reggie Ball, RB P. J. Daniels, WR Calvin Johnson, and WR Damarius Bilbo. Johnson is the top offensive threat and one of the top receivers in the nation. He looks to add to his resume against the top-ranked defense in the country.

CANES TO WEAR 'REVOLUTION' JERSEY
The Hurricanes will wear the new Nike 'Revolution' jersey on Saturday, which features a green top with one orange sleeve. They are also supposed to be wearing green pants. Miami typically wears white pants at home so it will be a new look for the Hurricanes.

LEGGETT CONFIDENT VS GEORGIA TECH
Lance Leggett's career-high in receiving yards came against Georgia Tech last season when he caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. Leggett, a sophomore, is coming off a 76-yard performance last week when he got them all on one play for a touchdown against Wake Forest. Leggett currently ranks fourth amongst Miami receivers in receptions and receiving yards, but is ready for another strong game against the Yellow Jackets.

HESTER OUT, PATA IN
Junior CB Devin Hester will not play this week for the second straight game as he is still slowed by a hamstring injury. Junior DE Bryan Pata will play after dealing with a knee injury throughout the week of practice. Hester will be replaced on kickoff/punt returns by WR Darnell Jenkins who has done a nice job in replacing Hester.

USC & TEXAS
During this week's press conference some guy in the media kept throwing out a stat that there is a 44 percent chance either USC or Texas will lose. Really, 44 percent? I'm all for using numbers and statistics (in fact I love them), however this one appears to be a bit misleading. Bottom line is this, they are both very good teams. However, we have seen top-level teams fall late in the season. Guys are banged up now and the pressure mounts each week.

USC has two home games remainining, #16 Fresno State (Nov. 19) and #12 UCLA (Dec. 3). UCLA has two weeks off before playing USC, just something to think about.

Texas also has two games remaining, at Texas A&M (Nov. 25) and the Big XII Championship Game (Dec. 3) against Colorado, Iowa State, or Missouri.

CANES VS FSU
Losing two in a row isn't good for #22 Florida State (7-3) especially with #20 Florida (Nov. 26) and the ACC Championship Game (Dec. 3) Despite losing two straight, they still have locked up the ACC Atlantic Division Title finishing with a 5-3 record. With a win over Maryland tomorrow, #23 Boston College would also finish 5-3, but the Seminoles own the tiebreaker after defeating the Eagles 28-17 earlier in the season.

Miami controls its own destiny in the ACC Coastal Division and will face FSU with two straight victories.

CANES BASKETBALL HOME OPENER
Tomorrow, the Hurricanes (2-1) will have their home opener in the newly renamed BankUnited Center at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25/$20/$10. Miami finished third in the BCA Classic in Seattle earlier this week. SG Guillermo Diaz leads the 'Canes in scoring (16.0) followed by SG Robert Hite (14.3). PF Anthony King is the top post player on the team (11.0 ppg/8.3 rpg) and PG Denis Clemente (8.3) is the top scoring freshman.

TAMARA JAMES BEGINS ALL-AMERICAN QUEST
Last season women's basketball player Tamara James averaged 22.3 points per game finishing fourth nationally. She led the ACC in scoring and was named AP All-American Honorable Mention. Tonight, the 5-foot-10 senior begins her season at 7:00 p.m. against Samford. The Hurricanes finished 13-16 in 2004-05.

BASEBALL SCOUT DAY
Tomorrow is the final day of fall practices beginning at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. The final day is considered 'scout day' featuring a full scrimmage to showcase draft eligible players. The top MLB Draft prospects are OF Jon Jay, RHP Chris Perez, 3B Danny Valencia, C Eddy Rodriguez, RHP Ricky Orta, and RHP Danny Gil.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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