Miami Hurricanes WRs Mike Harley and Charleston Rambo close to receiving records

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami Hurricanes wide receivers Mike Harley and Charleston Rambo are each closing in on setting program records. Harley needs seven receptions to tie the Miami career record of Reggie Wayne who had 173 from 1997 through 2000. Rambo needs eight receptions to tie the single-season Miami record set by Leonard Hankerson.

Hankerson had 72 receptions in 2012. Harley has 41 receptions for 382 yards and four touchdowns this season. At his 2021 pace, Harley would break the record set by Wayne next week at Duke. Rambo has 64 receptions for 954 yards and five TDs. At his pace, Rambo would also break the single-season record at Duke.

Rambo has helped transform the Miami offense. Currently third all-time for a single season in Miami history. The 64 receptions by Rambo are the most in a single season for Miami since Hankerson set the record in 2012. Harley is currently tied with Stacy Coley for second in Miami history with 166 receptions.

Harley has been an excellent complementary receiver to Rambo this season after leading Miami last season. Last week against Florida State Harley set his season-high with six receptions and scored his fourth touchdown on a fluke play. The season-high in receiving yards for Harley in 2021 was at Pittsburgh last month.

In 2020, Harley had six games with six or more receptions and three with over 100 yards. The numbers Harley has put up in 2021 pail in comparison to 2020. Rambo has become the alpha receiver Miami needed in 2021. Against Michigan State in September Rambo tied the Miami single-game record with 12 receptions.

Tight end Willie Smith who is the father of current Miami linebacker Chase Smith was the first Hurricane to have 12 receptions in the infamous loss to Boston College in 1984. Wide receiver Philip Dorsett equaled Smith in a 40-9 victory over South Florida in 2012. Rambo nearly set another Miami record versus Georgia Tech.

In the Hurricanes 33-30 victory over the Yellow Jackets earlier this month, Rambo had seven receptions for 210 yards and one TD. That was the third straight game Rambo went over 100 yards. Rambo has four 100 yard games this season and two more with over 90 yards. He has more than lived up to his potential.

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Miami faces a Virginia Tech defense on Saturday that allows 28.7 completions and 186.3 passing yards per game. The Miami pass offense will be tested against the Hokies’ 15th ranked pass defense on Saturday. Conversely, Duke has the second-worst pass defense in the country. Those records should fall in Durham.