2016 Miami Hurricanes Spring Football Preview: Wide Receivers

The Miami Hurricanes start spring practice on March 14th and Canes Warning will give you position previews until then, continuing with the wide receivers.

Previous previews: QBs | RBs 

The wide receiver position is in a bit of a flux for the Hurricanes heading into the spring. Rashawn Scott was the number one receiver last season, but he graduated and will be playing on Sunday’s next season. Good news for Miami is that Stacy Coley came back for his senior season and he’s going to be asked to take on the load of being the number one receiver in 2016. Behind Coley there isn’t a lot of depth, especially in the spring. While Miami is expecting a lot of playmakers come summer time, they’ll have to try and find a number two option during the spring.

Departing Players: Rashawn Scott, Herb Waters, Tyre Brady

Returning Players: Malcolm Lewis – Redshirt Senior, Stacy Coley – Senior, Braxton Berrios – Junior, Darrell Langham – Redshirt Sophomore, Lawrence Cager – Sophomore

Incoming Players (Summer): Sam Bruce, Ahmmon Richards, Dionte Mullins, Dayall Harris (JUCO)

2015 Season

In 2015, Miami had a nice 1-2 punch with Rashawn Scott and Stacy Coley. Scott and Coley combined for over 1200 yards for Miami, to go along with 9 touchdown catches. The Hurricanes also found a really solid third option in Herb Waters. Waters is going to be missed in 2016, much like Scott. Outside of these three receivers, Miami didn’t get much production from anyone else. Tyre Brady, Braxton Berrios, Lawrence Cager and Malcolm Lewis didn’t do much last season and they’ll be needed in 2016.

Looking into spring practice

Like I mentioned before, Miami’s main focus during spring practice and then in the fall, is to find a viable second option to go alongside Coley. Miami is also going to need to find depth in their receiving corp, as it’s not very deep heading into the spring. The late addition of JUCO Dayall Harris helps the ‘Canes, but the success of this team will rely on how much Cager and Berrios step up this upcoming season. Monitoring that situation is definitely one of the most important parts of camp. Miami has a lot of young talent coming in, but the Hurricanes need someone to step up during spring.

What to expect in 2016

It’ll be interesting how this plays out in the next couple of months. Cager was a highly-touted receiver coming out of high school, but he’s also still developing and is only a sophomore with limited game experience. Berrios has more experience, but really hasn’t shown much in his first two seasons. You can expect incoming freshmen Ahmmon Richards and Sam Bruce to get a lot of reps during fall camp and compete for a lot of playing time come fall time. Miami needs depth at the position and they’re relying on these young guys to be able to come in and step up immediately. We’ll see how that plays out.

Breakout Player

I have to go with Lawrence Cager. Will this happen? I would like to see how he looks in the spring before saying that he’ll break out 100%. But he’s the receiver with the most talent on the current roster, not including Coley. Miami desperately needs Cager to up his production from his 8 reception, 70 yard season, but he showed enough last season to make us think that he is capable of the workload.