Miami Football: Week 2 Fall Practice Stock Report
The Miami Hurricanes football season-opener against Florida Atlantic is quickly approaching and 'Canes head coach Al Golden has two more weeks to prepare for the Owls.
Star players are expected to step up and hold their starting spot while some returning backups and incoming freshmen are beginning to demand the attention of Miami's coaches.
Last week, Golden told reporters (h/t Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post) his players have "six days left to establish whether or not (they) are gonna be coming out of the smoke. The first game is a big deal."
With the second scrimmage taking place on Friday, August 16, and the depth chart for season opener subsequently being set, starting positions will soon be locked in.
But before that happens, which players shined in practice, and who suffered a setback over the past week?
Stock Up: Stacy Coley
Stacy Coley comes to the University of Miami with an abundance of potential, and he is already turning heads.
Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald gathered some praise directed toward the true freshman from offensive coordinator James Coley and senior running back Eduardo Clements.
James Coley: "(Coley) is a young guy who has to continue to push and work hard. He’s not scared to go in and play and when the ball is thrown to him he catches it."
Clements: "Since Coley 'stepped on campus,' he has done 'everything right.'"
Many followers of the Hurricanes are wondering if the young receiver will start at some point during the 2013 campaign, and while that remains to be seen, Coley will definitely have a chance to contribute this season.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/14/3560637/stacy-coley-leads-infusion-of.html#storylink=cpy
Stock Down: Anthony Chickillo
Anthony Chickillo is hoping to have a rebound season after a relatively disappointing sophomore campaign.
In 2012, the 6'4", 275-pound Chickillo managed 45 tackles and 4.0 sacks and was expected to be the clear-cut starter on one edge of the defensive line.
But now, he really has to earn the top spot. Converted defensive tackle Olsen Pierre overtook Chickillo on the most recent depth chart release.
Though Chick will still see plenty of action, regardless, it would be an unanticipated shock if he does not win the starting job.
Stock Up: Artie Burns
Hometown standout Artie Burns signed with Miami knowing that he played at a position in need of stability for the 'Canes, and though he is not listed on the two-deep depth chart, Burns is making his presence known.
Following the first scrimmage, Michael Casagrande of the South Florida Sun Sentinel noted Golden said of Burns, "the moment wasn't too big for him."
As college football continues to evolve into a spread-offense, pass-first mentality, talent at the cornerback position is essential for a defense to be successful against the pass.
Ultimately, if Burns continues to impress coaches and shows a clear ability to play man-to-man defense, he should see playing time in nickel or dime packages.
Stock Gone: Jalen Grimble
According to Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald, Jalen Grimble asked for and was granted his release from Miami.
Defensive lineman Jalen Grimble, who made just six tackles in two seasons after coming in as a highly touted recruit, asked for his release Monday night from the team, Golden said.
"There’s nothing [troublesome about his departure],” Golden said. “It’s just a situation where he wants to move forward. Sad to see him go, given our situation at defensive line."
The Hurricanes still have plenty of options at defensive tackle, but the assortment of players have not been enormous contributors during their respective collegiate careers.
Grimble leaves Miami after playing 15 games and making, as Navarro mentioned, six tackles.
Stock Up: Jermaine Grace
Jermaine Grace may not often see the field as a linebacker this season, but the Miramar High School product will still contribute whenever possible.
And as of right now, it looks like Grace is on the road to becoming a special teams standout in 2013.
Casagrande noted Golden said "Jermaine Grace made you take notice of him. So we sat in there and put him on all the special teams last night and gave him a chance."
Grace may not be listed on the depth chart, but he could be a great addition to a unit that allowed the 10th-fewest yards per kick return last season.