Weeks Back in Lineup, Looking to Spark UM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - It has been a tough season for the sophomore second baseman from Altamonte Springs, Fla. But Jemile Weeks is back in the lineup and looking to lead Miami in a three-game home series against No. 1-ranked Florida State.

Jemile Weeks returned to the lineup last week and is 6-for-16 (.375) since his return to the starting lineup. Weeks has started all three games in the weekend series at Virginia Tech and against Stetson on Wednesday.

"It felt real good to be back on the field," said Weeks, who missed 11 straight games with a pulled groin. "I have been waiting for a while to get back. It was a relief and I was excited."

Weeks, who is batting .284 on the season with four home runs and 13 RBI, has struggled this season. Morris felt he was trying too hard and was not patient enough.

"It was just a slow start," Weeks said. "That is the way I look at it. Some guys have slow starts and I definitely did that. I feel that through over the course of a season you have a chance to redeem yourself…I'm looking for a fresh start."

As a freshman Weeks was named the 2006 Lincoln Regional Most Outstanding Player and was named to the 2006 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team.

He hit .352 with six home runs, 40 RBI, and 69 runs scored. He also had 18 doubles, eight triples, and stole 13 bases. His 16-game hit streak tied a freshman UM record.

"I might have gotten away with some things that I have done in the past," said the 5-foot-9 switch-hitter. "I need to get to those things and if I do, I think I will be fine."

Since his return Weeks has started in the middle of the order as a designated hitter, which will likely be his role until he feels comfortable enough to play in the field. He is still not 100 percent, but he can still be a weapon if he is in the lineup.

Miami will need Weeks to re-gain his form in this weekend's series against Florida State, who

"We are definitely excited about Florida State coming in here," Weeks said. "Like it was last year, it is going to be a hard-fought series. It is a big series. With them ranked so high, that is what we need—to beat teams at that caliber."

Weeks thinks this weekend is pivotal for the rest of the season.

"Not only is that going to bring us up in the rankings and our confidence, but it will be a turning point in our season."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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