Miami Football: Week 4 Spring Practice Stock Report
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As the old saying goes, another day, another dollar.
We've made it through another week of spring practice, so another week, another stock report.
The fourth week of spring ball has come and gone for the Miami Hurricanes football team, and it included the first of two full-padded scrimmages before the annual spring game.
Some players were able to impress coaches, while others have some ground to make up.
I will caution you, though. When looking at scrimmage stats themselves, remember they are some of the most meaningless numbers in all of sports.
With that being said, here is Miami's Week 4 spring practice stock report.
Stock Up: Alex Figueroa, OLB
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He may be a freshman, but by all accounts, Alex Figueroa is playing like an experienced veteran.
Figueroa blew up a goal-line running play and knocked sophomore Duke Johnson backward, a play that set the tone for the scrimmage.
The Miami Herald noted what head coach Al Golden said of the hit:
There’s a young man that said we’re going to sell out. There wasn’t anybody here that wouldn’t look at that play and say, ‘That thing must mean a lot to that kid.’
Figueroa is currently fast-tracking himself to get immediate playing time come fall.
Stock Down: Clive Walford, TE
Walford has a worthy competitor for the starting job in Beau Sandland.
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Although Walford was the clear-cut starter by the end of the 2012 season, he is in a big competition to remain there.
But in an official release from the school, Golden said that there were five or six players who weren't with the team in the fall who came out ready to play.
One such player was JUCO transfer and early enrollee Beau Sandland. With his 6'6" frame, it should be no surprise Sandland caught a touchdown during the goal-line drills.
However, if Sandland keeps producing and impressing Golden, the junior Walford will see his playing time slowly slip away.
Stock Up: Herb Waters, WR
Waters finished the 2012 campaign strong and is starting fast this spring.
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The Hurricanes already have unbelievable depth at the wide receiver position heading into next season, and Herb Waters had an impressive day.
Though the sophomore did have three drops during the scrimmage, Dieter Kurtenbach of the South Florida Sun Sentinel noted new offensive coordinator James Coley had high praise for Waters.
He got open a lot. God, he looked fast.
And the compliments didn't stop there as Golden was pleased with Waters' day according to Kurtenbach.
We are surprised at his change in direction and his ability to make people miss in the open field.
Waters also caught a 3-yard touchdown pass during the scrimmage to wrap up a solid performance.
#herb is my favorite player to watch. Flashes of brilliance followed by drops, broken routes and… drops.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) March 23, 2013
Stock Down: Dyron Dye, DL
Coaches are worried about Dye's lower extremity injury.
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Dyron Dye began his collegiate career on the defensive line, switched to tight end in 2012, but returned to the defensive side of the ball this spring.
Unfortunately, he may not see much playing time this season, either.
Dye suffered a right leg injury last week and was seen on crutches according to the Palm Beach Post.
Golden said he is worried about Dye but would not speculate until he knew the severity of the injury.
Stock Up: Danny Dillard, RB
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As I have said before, Danny Dillard needs to have an impactful spring to find himself in the rotation before senior Eduardo Clements returns this fall.
When the Hurricanes were going through goal-line drills during the scrimmage, Dillard made an impact with a touchdown run.
Duke Johnson will obviously be the every-down back for the 'Canes, but Dillard needs to consistently cash in on short down-and-distance situations when given the chance.
With Dallas Crawford practically being a mirror image of Johnson, Dillard is the power threat Miami has near the end zone.