Dorsett has led a disappointing group of WRs

Phillip Dorsett has been Miami's most explosive player on the outside this season. Read on for a complete analysis of the wide receiver position through the first seven games of the season.

Most people expected sophomore Stacy Coley to be Miami's most productive wide receiver this season. Instead, it's been senior Phillip Dorsett who has regained the momentum that he had toward the end of the 2012 season.

After catching just one pass for 39 yards in the season opener against Louisville, Dorsett took four of his six catches for touchdowns in the next two games. Then he went missing again over the next two games against Nebraska and Duke, catching just two passes for 48 yards in those two games combined. He got back on track against Cincinnati this past weekend, catching three for 143 yards and two scores.

The team's fastest player, Dorsett has turned 17 receptions into six touchdowns and is averaging over 34 yards per reception. He's clearly among the nation's most explosive wideouts and Miami will really need to continue finding ways to get him the football -- especially down the field.

Determining who Miami's No. 2 receiver has been this season is tough. Herb Waters has gone without a catch in three of Miami's first seven games and caught all of his six passes against Louisville on Miami's final drive when the Cardinals were already up a few touchdowns.

Braxton Berrios has been a solid security blanket for freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya through the first half of the season. He caught touchdown passes against Nebraska and Georgia Tech and could be considered the team's second best receiver through seven games.

Malcolm Lewis has caught 17 passes for just 140 yards and simply isn't being utilized as a downfield threat.

The biggest disappointment on Miami's offense this season has been the production numbers of Coley. He has just 11 catches for 59 yards and no scores in six games (he sat one out with an injury). Mostly all of his 11 catches have come via the bubble screen, which has never gone for a big play. He finished last season as one of the nation's hottest receivers and it's the same offensive coordinator so it's likely that Kaaya simply has been unable to get him the football like Stephen Morris could. Either way, James Coley absolutely needs to create ways to get Coley the football. He's probably the team's second most talented player behind Duke Johnson and you'd never know it through seven games.

D'Mauri Jones is the only other wide receiver with a catch and he has just one. Tyre Brady started a game and has played some in a few others but hasn't caught a pass yet. Garrett Kidd has been a total non-factor while Darrell Langham and David Njoku are headed for redshirts.

The Hurricanes have been without senior Rashawn Scott all season. He's still dealing with a shoulder injury suffered in one of the August scrimmages. Scott missed most of last season with an injury too so expecting him back soon is unrealistic. He would, however, be a major boost to what has been a disappointing season for this group of receivers as a whole.

Related Story:

Midseason Analysis: RB

CLICK HERE to get 10-percent off Hurricane (or any other) tickets


Canes Time Top Stories