Spring Preview: Wide Receivers

Spring football starts March 3rd at the University of Miami so lets take a closer look at what the team will look like. Today, we look at the wide receiver position.

Coach: George McDonald returns for his second season on the coaching staff.

Lost: The Hurricanes lost three proven receivers from the 2012 roster and three of its four best from last season. Tommy Streeter (52 career catches for 967 yards and nine touchdowns) is expected to be a second round draft pick in April. He had a breakout season for the Canes and was a tremendous deep threat. Travis Benjamin (131-2,146-13; 1,137 kickoff return yards; and 485 punt return yards) is expected to be a mid-round pick in April and was the fastest offensive player at the NFL Combine this week. LaRon Byrd (105-1,254-7) was more of a possession receiver whose numbers steadily went down throughout his career.

Coming Back: The Hurricanes return just four scholarship receivers from 2011. The most proven one, Allen Hurns, will miss all of spring recovering from surgery. The most proven one now becomes sophomore Phillip Dorsett. Rashawn Scott and Kendal Thompkins have a total of nine career receptions.

The Players:
Dorsett (5-10/185/SO) -- The fastest of the returning receivers, Dorsett will see a lot of chances for big plays in the spring as he enters as the top target here. He was fairly heavoly recruited from nearby St. Thomas Aquinas and caught 14 passes for 147 yards and one score as a freshman.

Hurns (6-2/185/JR) -- The most experienced and probably the most talented of the four, Hurns will be forced to sit out recovering from surgery. He's expected back at 100-percent for the fall, though. Through two seasons Hurns has 31 catches for 415 yards and four scores.

Scott (6-2/200/SO) -- Lightly recruited out of a private school in Melbourne, Scott saw action in a few games last season but caught just one ball for two yards.

Thompkins (5-10/180/R-SR) -- Part of the big group of players from Miami Northwestern High in the Class of 2008, Thompkins is the only one still left aside from tackle Ben Jones. In four seasons he has eight catches for 63 yards and one touchdown.

What to Expect: All three will see plenty of opportunities. The depth is very low, which should enable a couple of the walkons to be given good opportunities. It's very rare for a major college program to begin spring football with three scholarship receivers. Dorsett is the fastest of the bunch and can make things happen down the field. Scott has the size and some physical tools and will see plenty of chances. Hopefully Thompkins finally breaks out and does some things on the field.


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