Spring Review -- Wide Receivers

Spring football is over and the Hurricanes are now going into Phase Three, which is summer conditioning. Lets review the wide receiver play from the spring and what lies ahead.

The Players:
The Hurricanes were extremely low on numbers at this position throughout spring. Only four scholarship players were on the roster when spring started and one of them -- Allen Hurns -- was held out most of spring while rehabbing from offseason surgery.

Rashawn Scott really elevated his game. A lightly recruited player from a private school in Florida's Space Coast, Scott played a little last season but struggled learning the playbook and never got much action. This spring was a different story, however. He emerged as Miami's best receiver and became one of the most steady and consistent performers on the entire team. He had a drop and lost a fumble after getting caught behind in the spring game but his performance from the beginning of spring until the end was excellent.

Dorsett was the second receiver of the group. He made some plays both from the slot and the outside. One of Miami's fastest players, he turned in the biggest play in the spring game (despite getting caught from behind by linebacker Denzel Perryman).

Kendal Thompkins was the third receiver and made a few plays in each of the scrimmages. He's been on the bottom of the depth chart for his first four seasons at Miami and is competing to see playing time this fall.

Best Guess Depth Chart:
Hurns was the top receiver following last season but Scott turned in a great spring so they're probably 1A and 1B right now. Dorsett and Thompkins would be next.

What's Ahead:
Hurns was solid as a number three last season for the Canes and will be looking to take his game to another level. Missing spring certainly can't help his chances of doing that, though. It's opened the door for others and Scott took full advantage of it. He has a very good chance of being Miami's most productive receiver this fall. Dorsett could end up being the number three, while Thompkins will likely log limited minutes as a reserve.

Lots of competition will arrive over the summer. The Canes signed six and five of them are expected to arrive. The two most college-ready players in the group are Malcolm Lewis and Robert Lockhart. Since they're starting school so close to the beginning of the season it's unlikely that they'll earn starting jobs before it starts but they're both capable of winning those jobs during the season. Jontavious Carter will hope to fill some of the void left by Tommy Streeter. He's a big target. Herb Waters is just a flat out football player who should see the field early on. D'Mauri Jones is probably the least ready of the five and perhaps the most likely to redshirt. Angelo Jean-Louis will likely spend a semester in prep school before becoming a Hurricane.


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