Miami Hurricanes wide receivers will be best offensive unit

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Wide receiver Darrell Langham
TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Wide receiver Darrell Langham /
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The Miami Hurricanes wide receiver core is deep and talented. They have a good mix of size and speed, youth and experience. It will be the best unit on offense in 2018.

Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Mark Richt and Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown will be able to give opponents multiple looks with the depth and talent they have at wide receiver in 2018.

The starters if the Hurricanes use a standard pro-set offense are expected to be Rising Junior Ahmmon Richards and Rising Sophomore Jeff Thomas. Behind Richards and Thomas are a surplus of talented receivers waiting to make plays.

Richards missed nearly half the 2017 season dealing with injuries. His final one came when he tore the MCL in his knee during practice the week heading into playing Clemson in the ACC Championship game.

Richards set a Miami Hurricanes Freshmen record in 2016 with 934 yards. That broke Michael Irvin’s 31-year old record. Richards struggled last season, finishing with just 439 yards. His biggest game in 2017 was 106 yards and a touchdown against Duke. Richards also had six receptions for 99 yards against Syracuse.

Thomas was an explosive player last season. He led the team averaging 22 yards per reception for players that had five or more receptions.

Thomas finished with 374 yards on 17 receptions with two touchdowns. His biggest game came against North Carolina. Thomas caught three passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Miami victory in Chapel Hill.

Thomas, his classmate Mike Harley and Freshmen Mark Pope will be the Miami Hurricanes speed receivers. Richards, incoming Freshman Brian Hightower, Rising Redshirt Junior Lawrence Cager and Rising Senior Darrell Langham give the Hurricanes good size in the red zone and on third downs.