Miami Football: Week 2 Spring Practice Stock Report
Although the Miami Hurricanes football team will not hold any practices this week, some players have already seen their stock rise this spring.
The university is currently on spring break, but the team will resume football activities on Tuesday, March 19 at GreenTree Practice Fields.
Miami will have one more practice on March 21, before a private scrimmage will be held on March 23 at the local Traz-Powell Stadium.
Head coach Al Golden has held four practices as of this writing, and it seems the team has made it through relatively unscathed thus far.
An official release listed eight Hurricanes who would be held out of spring practice, but one additional player is sidelined at this point. Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald reported that senior safety Kacy Rodgers II "could not bend his left leg" and was not practicing.
The 'Canes did find some time to mess around, as the team put together its own version of a recent—yet now "old news"—Internet craze.
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Stock Up: Tyriq McCord and Alex Figueroa, OLB
McCord and Figueroa currently hold the top two strong-side linebacker spots on the depth chart, and that likely won't change anytime soon.
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported that Eddie Johnson is no longer enrolled at the school this semester.
Susan Miller Degnan had previously reported Golden saying Johnson did not participate in the offseason UTough program.
Junior Thurston Armbrister and sophomore Gabe Terry are also being held out of spring practice, which leaves McCord and Figueroa only battling each other for the starting position.
Will Luther Robinson become a force on the defensive line?
Stock Down: Luther Robinson, DT
Robinson has appeared in 20 games throughout his collegiate career but hasn't made any starts yet.
He has made headlines more for his father's accusations of Golden's philosophy than his play on the field.
Now, in his senior season, Robinson has ground to make up as he was not even listed on the first release of the depth chart.
Senior Curtis Porter and junior Olsen Pierre impressed Golden during UTough, according to The Miami Herald, so Robinson's stock is falling quickly.
Stock Up: Dallas Crawford, RB
Crawford has already earned the praise of new running backs coach Hurlie Brown due to his work ethic.
"Dallas is one of the hardest working guys I've been around. He works his butt off, he's extremely smart, he's up for it. He's very competitive and loves the game.''
With senior Eduardo Clements not in spring practice, Crawford is on the right track to complete spring practice as the clear-cut backup running back.
Stock Down: Antonio Crawford, DB
Crawford appeared in all 12 games last season primarily as a special teams player and also showed some promise at defensive back.
But a pair of redshirt freshmen in Larry Hope and Nate Dortch have already jumped the sophomore on the depth chart.
Tracy Howard and Ladarius Gunter are both practicing in black jerseys, so Crawford has even more work to do to catch the starting group.
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