Miami Hurricanes need wide receivers to step up in 2018

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios /
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For the second season in a row, the Miami Hurricanes are losing their leading receiver. Braxton Berrios graduated after leading Miami in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2017.

Berrios adeptly became the Miami Hurricanes leading receiver in 2017 after UM lost Stacy Coley following the 2016 season. Coley led Miami in 2016 in receptions and receiving touchdowns in 2016.

Berrios surprised Miami Hurricanes followers this season by winning the team receiving triple crown. Entering the 2017 season Ahmmon Richards was expected to be Miami’s best receiver.

Berrios finished 2018 with 55 receptions for 679 yards and nine touchdowns. All of those numbers were significantly higher than anyone else on the Miami Hurricanes roster.

Richards missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury. It was an injury that he had to deal with the entire season.

During the week of practice prior to the ACC Championship game preparing for Clemson Richards tore his MCL. That required season-ending surgery. Richards missed the game against Clemson and the Orange Bowl against Wisconsin.

Richards needs to bounce back to get back to his 2016 Freshmen form for the Miami Hurricanes offense to reach its full potential. He broke the school Freshman receiving record set by Michael Irvin in 1985 with 934 yards on 49 receptions with three touchdowns. Richards led all Freshmen in receiving yards, receiving yards per game and yards per reception in 2016.