Three WRs separating themselves on Miami football depth chart

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 03: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Jacolby George, Xavier Restrepo and Colbie Young have separated themselves this spring for the Miami football team at wide receiver according to consensus reports. Miami is still looking for an outside WR through the transfer portal to add to the roster for the 2023 season. USC WR Gary Bryant Jr. is the name to watch.

Restrepo was on his way to a breakout season in 2022 before a foot injury cost him five games. In wins over Bethune-Cookman and Southern Mississippi to begin the 2022 season Restrepo had 11 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown. Restrepo finished 2022 with 21 receptions for 240 yards and two TDs.

George provides Miami with the versatility to play outside and in the slot. In his first full season contributing in college, George has 13 receptions for 130 receiving yards while also dealing with injuries. If Miami does not add another WR through the transfer portal George appears to be ready to be a primary receiver for Miami.

At 6’5, 215 pounds Young provides Miami with needed size at outside WR. Young led Miami WRs in 2022 with 32 receptions for 376 yards and a team-high five TDs. Young had breakout games with six receptions for 127 yards and a TDs versus Virginia Tech and with six for 110  and two TDs versus Duke in consecutive games.

Following a shoulder injury that limited starting quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, the production for Young declined under backup signal callers Jacurri Brown and Jake Garcia who has since transferred to Missouri. With Van Dyke healthy and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, the Miami WRs should increase production.

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Brashard Smith is the projected backup at slot receiver behind Restrepo. Isaiah Horton and Frank Ladson are the primary backups for the Miami football team at outside WR. Horton provides Miami with more size at 6’5, 215 pounds. Miami needs Ladson to live up to his recruiting rating after transferring from Clemson last year.