Receivers have stepped up this spring

The Hurricanes didn't have much depth at the wide receiver position this spring but the group stepped up and played well. They'll have one last chance to shine in Saturday's spring game.

Tommy Streeter left early. Travis Benjamin and LaRon Byrd graduated. Allen Hurns, the top returning receiver, spent most of this spring on the sideline with an injury. The wide receiver position was low on depth for the Canes this spring but going into Saturday's scrimmage they have performed well.

The top receiver this spring, by a good margin, has been sophomore Rashawn Scott. He was clearly the most consistent player in the group and has really caught the attention of Miami's coaches.

"I couldn't be prouder of Rashawn," said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. "The spring, as a whole, he's had the most consistent spring of anyone on our offense. He came to play every single practice and continued."

After struggling to pick up the playbook as a true freshman in 2011, Scott has really elevated his game and done a lot of good things on the field. He's raised the expectations on himself.

"He's made some big plays, explosive plays, caught the ball in traffic, he's explosive," Fisch said. "We expect a lot of him in the fall. We're gonna rely on him to have a tremendous season for us."

The starter on the other side of him in the scrimmage Saturday is expected to be sophomore Phillip Dorsett, who played a small role as a true freshman last season and was injured in the previous scrimmage.

"We expect him to compete for a starting job and be a kick and punt returner," head coach Al Golden said. "He has excellent speed, good ball skills, he's smart and tough."

The Hurricanes didn't have much depth and the players on the current team will be challenged a lot when the incoming freshmen arrive this summer. However, their performance over the last month or so has elevated the overall expectations of the group.

"Expectations are high, as they are for Scott and Hurns and the guy who's really improving, Kendal Thompkins," Golden said. "We have five kids coming in. We have to create some depth there and see if guys can contribute."

A possible wildcard at this position going into the summer will be redshirt freshman Dallas Crawford, who spent his first season as a safety before getting switched to running back to start the spring. He's spent time at both running back and receiver and provides a lot of value because of his versatility.

"Dallas is kind of a utility infielder for us," Fisch said. "We're moving him around. I don't know (his primary role) yet. We'll see how the young receivers come in and see how he fits in, and how Duke (Johnson) and Danny Dillard come in. He'll have a role, we just have to find it out."

Can Scott maintain his high level of play? Can Dorsett stay healthy and really step up and become a legitimate starter? Will Crawford settle into a specific role? All of those questions should be answered in Saturday's spring game.

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