Post-Spring Analysis: WR

The Hurricanes finished spring football recently, and now will begin preparing for summer workouts. Lets take a closer look at the team coming out of spring, focusing on the wide receivers in this update.

The Hurricanes went through spring football with eight scholarship receivers. Allen Hurns missed some time with an injury and was never at 100-percent. Phillip Dorsett missed some time due to his involvement on the track team. Robert Lockhart was out for spring with an injury. And Malcolm Lewis was very limited as he recovers from ankle surgery. That means the Canes had just four healthy receivers available for all of spring.

Hurns (Sr) is coming off a solid junior season. He's been a steady performer for the Hurricanes and was limited in the spring. His work habits away from the field continue to impress the coaches. He did enough throughout the spring to warrant the coaches listing him as one of the starting receivers on the post-spring depth chart heading into the summer. It'll be a challenge for him to hold off the competition from Rashawn Scott and others.

Dorsett (Jr) wasn't a full participant because of track but he continued to impress when given the opportunity. He's clearly the team's top deep threat still, and has bulked up to the 185-pound range. That's about 20 pounds bigger than when he arrived here as a true freshman. He's expected to play a big role in the passing game again in 2013.

Scott (Jr) made the most of his extra opportunities throughout spring. He was often lined up with the starters, and did a nice job of making a lot of plays. He scored two touchdowns in the spring game and was mentioned on a few different occasions by Al Golden as one of the most improved players on the entire team. He showed flashes of being able to elevate his game to another level this coming season.

With Lewis (So) and Lockhart (So) both out, sophomore Herb Waters took off. Miami's hottest receiver to end last season, Waters was again dynamite at times this spring. He was a consistent playmaker, and seems to have developed the trust of quarterback Stephen Morris on a regular basis. Waters emerged as one of the two starters at the end of spring, and could be ready for a breakout sophomore campaign.

The Hurricanes redshirted two receivers last season -- Jontavious Carter and D'Mauri Jones. While Jones continues learning how to play at this level and is probably still a year or two away, Carter seemed to take a big step forward. He's clearly further ahead than Jones, and made the most of his opportunities -- especially in the spring game when he caught five passes for 113 yards. He's a big receiver who seems to be on the verge of landing a role in the passing game this season.

Lewis, who saw the field briefly in the spring game, is expected to be at or near 100-percent by the time the season starts. He's listed as a backup to Waters opposite Hurns, and could be in line for a breakout season.


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