Season Preview: Wide Receivers

The Hurricanes lost three to the NFL, but have plenty of talent returning this season.

Coach: Curtis Johnson

The Starters: Daryl Jones (5-10, 184, SR) and Andre Johnson (6-3, 220, SO)

The Backups: Jason Geathers (6-3, 210, SO), Ethenic Sands (6-0, 177, JR), Kevin Beard (6-2, 185, SO), Roscoe Parrish (5-9, 165, FR), and Kellen Winslow (6-5, 210, FR)

The Good Stuff: The leader of the group is Jones, who has two game winning catches under his belt at UM (vs. Boston College in 1997 and West Virginia in 1998). Jones is every bit as fast as Santana Moss, and gives UM one of the most explosive weapons in all of college football.

Johnson and Geathers offer Dorsey huge targets with lots of speed. Both stand 6-foot-3 and both have tremendous speed. Sands was arguably UM's most productive wide receiver in the spring, and was recruited to play the position out of high school. Beard's entering his third year in the program.

Potential Worries: With the loss of three receivers who are now playing in the NFL from last season, the Hurricanes returning receivers caught only 15 passes as a group last season. While enormously talented, they're very young as a unit and they must grow up fast with the schedule UM plays early in the season. If someone doesn't emerge as a go-to guy opposite Jones, the Canes aerial attack could be in some trouble early in the season.

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