Increased Speed Could Make Big Impact for Miami Hurricanes in 2017

BOONE, NC - SEPTEMBER 17: Ahmmon Richards
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Wide Receiver Coach Ron Dugans is excited about the possibilities his receiving core brings this season.

"“You are like, ‘OK, we got faster.’ and then you see it in person and it is like, ‘Dang…You see them run and it is like, ‘Whoa.’ With Thomas and Harley, you just want to get the ball in their hands. We tried some things in the scrimmage to get one of those guys the ball just to see what they could do with the ball in their hands. “Harley is a good route runner also, not just a reverse or a double screen guy. A lot of times you will have a really fast guy that will struggle catching the football. Thomas is not one of those guys.”"

DeeJay Dallas is a shifty player and recruited was an athlete. He can play a multitude of positions. Miami has him slotted in at wide receiver for now. He could also make an impact in the return game. Speaking about his own speed compared to Harley and Thomas, Dallas said:

"“I’m not as fast as those guys. I have decent speed. I’m not the fastest, but if it’s up in the air, I’m going to go get it”"

Lawrence Cager, Dayall Harris, Dionte Mullins and Darrell Langham are also receivers competing for playing time this season. Rosier discussed the impact the deep receiving core could have on Miami this season.

"“You will see a lot of receivers rolling in and out…You are going to have fresh legs coming in that can run.”"

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The first two games should serve as a chance to see who can step up and become playmakers at receiver. Speed has always been used to intimidate opponents at Miami. The hope is that UM will get a chance to do that this season.