Friday Stock Report: 12/9

The bowl game is in three weeks from today and the excitement is starting to build. The 'Canes return to Atlanta for their third game in the last two years.

The team is still getting together for various weight traning programs and meetings, but they are not holding official practice yet. They are expected to start practicing on Dec. 15 and will hold practices in Miami before heading to Atlanta around Dec. 25 to prepare for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 against LSU.

Four Hurricanes, RB Tyrone Moss, OL Eric Winston, CB Kelly Jennings, and KR Devin Hester were named to the All-ACC 1st team. Brandon Meriweather, who leads the team in tackles, was named to the All-ACC 2nd team. As a member of ACSMA I have a vote in the All-ACC teams and I did indeed vote for all five of those players on the first team.

One Hurricane I felt should have been on the All-ACC team is LB Roger McIntosh. McIntosh had a very productive season and really came on strong after a strong performance in the win at Virginia Tech. McIntosh will be off the charts in the NFL combines which will only help his draft status.

The guys on the team are excited to play LSU despite being passed over by the Gator Bowl, who gets the number two ACC selection while the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl gets the number three ACC selection. The team knows LSU is a talented team and is excited to play a top-tier team they have not faced sine 1988.

LSU is a squad that Miami recruits against for a number of players with both schools in heavily recruited areas. LSU's top player from Miami is WR Dwayne Bowe. Miami's top player from Louisiana is RB Derron Thomas.

Personally, I love the city of Atlanta and although it is not the first bowl game location of choice, it should be a good time. If you haven't been to the A-T-L, I suggest you make the trip at the end of the month to see the 'Canes.

If you do make the trip and are looking for a laid-back place with good food, may I suggest Fat Matt's Rib Shack. They have great pulled pork sandwiches (and ribs of course) with live blues bands if you go at the right time.

If you are looking for another sporting event to go to during your trip the Thrashers play at home on Dec. 26 (Montreal) and Dec. 28. (Philadelphia). The Hawks are at home on Dec. 27 against the Bobcats.

With Devin Hester telling Coker he will be back for his senior season in 2006, it will be interesting to see if the 'Canes lose anyone early to the NFL Draft. Heading into the season I expected a number of the draft eligible players to leave early assuming they had strong seasons. Depending upon who comes back will determine the excitement around the program in the off-season.

College football fans should be extremely excited to see this game even if you aren't a fan of either school. Both teams are undefeated, have high-profile playes, and extremely talented squads. There has not been as much excitement surrounding a national championship game in quite some time.

The basketball team hosts Wofford (3-5) tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Tickets are still available ($25/$20/$10) by calling 1-800-GO-CANES. If you are unable to attend, the game will be shown live on FSN Florida.

The Hurricanes (5-3) are led by Guillermo Diaz, 15.9 ppg and Robert Hite, 15.4 ppg. Not only are the two connecting well from the floor, but they have combined to make 86 percent of their free throws.

Anthony Harris made his season debut last Saturday scoring four points in 11 minutes. It will be interesting to see how coach Frank Haith works Harris into the lineup with freshman Denis Clemente (9.0 ppg) starting for Harris while he was out.

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

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