2003 Outlook: WR

The Miami Hurricanes have a combination of receivers that can make the tough catch on the sideline and guys that can flat out fly downfield. The Hurricanes lose a big-time receiver in Andre Johnson, who left school early and should be top-10 pick in this year's upcoming draft. His abilities will be missed on the field but there are some worthy candidates ready to fill his shoes. A 1,000-yard season might be a stretch for an individual player, but as a unit they should be successful.

Kevin Beard returns as the most experienced receiver starting in 16 games, catching 48 passes for 671 yards and six touchdowns during his career. The senior from Plantation's biggest concern is getting ready to play in the fall after tearing a knee ligament at the end of last season. Beard did not participate in spring practices, but should be ready to go for fall workouts beginning August 5. His leadership on the field will be much needed for the young receivers and a starting quarterback with minimal experience.

Jason Geathers has been taking some heat for not producing on the field despite having good size and speed. He has played some running back in the past, but Geathers is looking to settle at his more comfortable position at wide receiver. Jason did not have a particularly good spring, but expect him to work hard this summer on the fundamentals of receiving and be ready to go for fall practices. This will be his final season as a Cane and he would love nothing more than to leave on a good note.

The lightning quick Roscoe Parrish returns to the team for his sophomore season after a stellar freshman season. When Roscoe has the ball in his hands, something good happens. He should be a main contributor on offense this upcoming season. Parrish had a great spring and made plays that left the coaching staff and teammates in amazement. His 35-yard reception in the spring game gave fans a glimpse of what he's capable of. Expect Roscoe to turn short passes into long gains with his quickness and agility.

Ryan Moore is a talented young receiver waiting for his opportunity to shine on the field. The 6-3 202-pound redshirt freshman from Orlando possesses all the tools needed to excel at UM. He has excellent hands, strength, speed and jumping ability. His only catch in his career went for 29 yards and he is looking to build on that total this season. Look for Moore to get the opportunity to make plays especially if Beard does not fully recover from injury and Geathers struggles.

The anticipation is over. Devin Hester will play for the Hurricanes after all. Hester signed a year ago but was denied admission due to his test score being flagged. The situation is resolved and one of the best all-around prospects in the country from 2002 will be wearing the Hurricane uniform this fall. Hester had crazy statistics during his senior year in high school. He rushed for 842 yards and 12 touchdowns as a running back. At wide receiver, he finished the year with 922 yards and six touchdowns. At quarterback, yes quarterback, Devin threw for five touchdowns. Now on defense, he recorded three sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns. Oh by the way, he returned five kicks for touchdowns. The Riviera Beach native will be playing wide receiver for the Hurricanes and returning kicks. He flat out can play the game of football.

Darnell Jenkins is a true freshman who came to Miami early to participate in spring practices and also spent time on the scout team leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. Jenkins is an electrifying player who is a very skilled athlete. He had a good spring and made a nice 36-yard touchdown reception in the back of the endzone from Brock Berlin. The former Miami Central star was named Player of the Year in Dade County after catching 62 passes for 720 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

Sinorice Moss is a sophomore from Carol City High School in Miami. Moss caught 23 passes for 506 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season in a run-oriented offense. Last season for the Hurricanes he caught three passes for 30 yards. Moss had offseason ankle surgery and missed spring practices. He potentially will be redshirted this season to give him more time to recover. Sinorice is the younger brother of former Hurricanes star receiver, Santana Moss.

Another receiver that has been battling an injury all spring is Akieem Jolla. Jolla injured his quadricep and missed two weeks of spring practices. Akieem has a lot of potential as a big-time receiver with his six-foot-four frame and 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash. Last season Jolla caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. If he can't recover from his injury, he also will be a candidate for a redshirt this season. The New Orleans native is the only wide receiver from outside the state of Florida.

The Miami Hurricanes are loaded with young talent at wide receiver, but injuries have slowed their progress in the spring. Beard and Geathers are the lone upperclassmen and need to produce this year especially early in the season when the offense is trying to gel under a new quarterback. The young receivers can make plays, but they can't make them from the sidelines. Working hard throughout the season is a priority if they want playing time because it won't be handed to them.

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