Canes lack speed on the outside

The Hurricanes are thin at receiver this spring and that's a big reason for the lack of speed at the position.

One thing that's been missing in each of Miami's first two spring scrimmages has been the ability to throw the ball down the field to create big plays in the passing game.

The Hurricanes have only a few scholarship receivers this spring. Allen Hurns, who has been limited due to injury, is more of a possession receiver who will catch a lot of first down passes. Rashawn Scott has some speed but the only legit deep threat on the roster this spring is Phillip Dorsett.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch talked about those things, which has hindered the team's ability to go deep this spring.

"I love to throw it deep but there's about three things that are happening," he said. "One, you gotta get speed on the outside that can get deep. Rashawn can get deep. We threw it deep to him a couple times. There was another part, the defense, they way they played coverage, there wasn't a lot of opportunities to throw deep. A lot was underneath stuff, catch and run. We hit Rashawn with some play action passes. The third part is you gotta be able to hold up in protection."

Dorsett is Miami's fastest receiver and he missed most of Friday's scrimmage with an injury.

"Phillip Dorsett is our fastest player and he was out after the third play we were in goal line," Fisch said. "After that I'd guess Rashawn is our next fastest and he played. After that I'm not sure."

Fortunately for the Hurricanes, an influx of speed is on its way this summer with a good group of freshmen.

"We have six guys coming in (the summer), four of them are track guys, really fast guys," he said. "We expect a lot of speed guys coming in, and of course Duke Johnson."

The Hurricanes were able to get the ball downfield a lot in 2011 because of the speed it had on the outside.

"There's a big difference in speed last year with Travis and Tommy but it'll come back," Fisch said.

The inability to throw the ball deep has put extra pressure on the running game. When fall camp rolls around, the offense should be able to open up quite a bit.

Fisch also believes spring scrimmages aren't always best suited for offensive teams to take a lot of shots down the field.

"When the quarterback's not live, when they're near the quarterback, we stop the play," he said. "So if they're near the quarterback and you're trying to throw deep a lot of times the play stops. It just doesn't work that way in scrimmages."

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