Hurricanes Will Have An Elite Receiving Core in 2014
There is so much talent on the outside for Miami that the coaches could throw in the No. 4 guy and not miss a beat.
But one thing is for sure -- you’ll see Stacy Coley out wide every play.
Coley played in all 13 games last season as a freshman and led the team with 1,461 all-purpose yards. He was the only player in the FBS that recorded a touchdown via rushing, receiving, punt return and kick return (10 total).
He did all that as a freshman? Are you kidding me? Coley is going to be a STAR along with running back Duke Johnson in 2014.
The big question is who will join Coley as the other starting receiver?
One potential candidate is the 6-foot-2 junior Herb Waters. Waters showed flashes of greatness last season (two receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown vs. Florida, nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns vs. Duke) and can go up and get the ball. I love his size; he can be mismatch for opposing defenses.
Senior Phillip Dorsett has seen the field since his freshman season. He is a smaller receiver but has wicked speed and can get behind the defense on any given play. He suffered a knee injury last season against North Carolina in Week 7 and made little impact in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but had 58 catches for 842 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. If healthy, he can be dangerous.
Malcolm Lewis has been the surprise of spring practice so far and seems to be hitting his stride again. Lewis played as a true freshman back in 2012 and scored a touchdown in his first game against Boston College. However, his freshman season came to an end when he dislocated his left ankle at Georgia Tech. Lewis didn’t do much in 2013, as he was still struggling with his ankle and also suffered a groin injury. But now he’s healthy and 2014 could be his breakout season.
Rashawn Scott is very similar to Waters in terms of his size and his ability to win the jump ball. He was the team’s second-leading receiver in 2012 with 35 receptions for 512 yards and three touchdowns. Scott made a great one-handed grab in the 2013 opener against FAU, but injured his shoulder during the play. Due to the injury, he only played in four games for the Hurricanes last year.
D’Mauri Jones has really impressed this spring and could certainly contribute in 2014. Jones saw snaps against FAU, Savannah State, South Florida, and Virgina last season but didn’t record any stats. He’s been learning from the older guys and its beginning to show.
True freshman Braxton Berrios enrolled early this semester but couldn’t practice due to a minor foot injury. Berrios participated in the Under Armour All-American Game and seemed to be a valuable slot receiver, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he saw action at the same position for the Canes.
Regardless of who joins Coley as a starter, all these receivers will see action this fall. Miami likes to rotate receivers and with the depth at this position, it may be a good idea.
As long as the Hurricanes have a quarterback who can give these guys a chance to make a play, I’m confident this group will produce huge numbers this season.