Miami Hurricanes WR depth chart entering 2022 spring practice

Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes lost their top two receivers after the 2021 season. Charleston Rambo set the Miami single-season records for receptions and receiving yards in his only season with the Hurricanes. Mike Harley set the career and single-game reception records for Miami during the 2021 season.

Keyshawn Smith who was a starter throughout the 2021 season with Harley and Rambo led the returning Miami wide receivers with 26 receptions and three touchdowns for 332 yards. Xavier Restrepo who is the projected starting slot receiver for Miami led all of the returning players for Miami in 2021 with 373 yards.

Restrepo also had 24 receptions and two TDs. It’s unknown if new offensive coordinator and WR coach Josh Gattis plans to start three WRs or two tight ends. The three amigos 2021 signees, Romello Brinson, Jacolby George and Breshard Smith, are ready to make in 2022. Miami added Clemson transfer, Frank Ladson.

Miami also returns Michael Redding III and Dazalin Worsham at WR in  2022. Brinson, George and Ladson are likely to compete as the third WR. Redding and Worsham add depth. Brashard Smith will be the backup to Restrepo as the slot receiver. Gattis will use the spring to evaluate how the Miami receivers fit into his system.

The Miami Hurricanes offense will evolve from the pass dominant offense of Rhett Lashlee in 2021 to Gattis who traditionally is more balanced offensively. Miami was 10th nationally in 2021 averaging 321.1 passing yards per game. Michigan was 69th averaging 228.7 passing yards per game.

With Miami shifting to a more balanced and physical offense that will run more often, WRs blocking will become more important. Mario Cristobal wants a more physical team led by Gattis and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal. That will include the WRs. Miami has good size at WRs. Most of the Miami WRs are at least 6’0.

Next. Miami offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has coached elite WRs. dark

The only exceptions are Restrepo and Breshard Smith in the slot. Gattis has coached elite WRs throughout his career. Gattis coached All-American WRs, Jordan White at Western Michigan in 2011 and Jordan Matthews at Vanderbilt in 2012 and 2013. The Miami WRs will learn from one of the best WR coaches.