Miami's biggest challenge at the wide receiver position this fall camp was finding a way to effectively replace Phillip Dorsett, who had a tremendous senior season in 2014 and is now being talked about as a potential star for the Indianapolis Colts.
That wasn't the only goal, however. Getting Rashawn Scott back into game form was one. Getting Stacy Coley's confidence back was another. By all accounts, both players turned in solid fall camps. Scott appears ready to pick up where he left off a couple years ago when he turned in a productive season. Coley has the potential to be Miami's biggest offensive weapon, and all signs point to him getting back to that level. He said yesterday that he's only dropped one pass this entire month, an issue he struggled with as a sophomore last season.
Herb Waters is an explosive wideout who has the ability to one day play on Sundays. He's spent time in the dog house for whatever reason but now appears ready for a breakout senior season. He was one of the biggest stars of the first scrimmage, and could end up being Brad Kaaya's favorite target this season.
Scott, Coley, and Waters appear to be the top three players at this spot as of right now. Malcolm Lewis and Braxton Berrios have lots of game experience and coaches were hopeful they'd produce strong camps. Instead, they've battled injuries lately. Both players sat out last Saturday's scrimmage. Getting them into the mix would be ideal for Miami, and give the Canes two solid underneath options in the passing game.
The other four scholarship receivers are big targets. D'Mauri Jones has had a quiet camp, which isn't a surprise considering he's struggled seeing the field his first three seasons here. Tyre Brady, Darrell Langham, and Lawrence Cager are competing for playing time as an outside receiver. The coaches are hoping one of them can emerge as a go-to guy on third down and inside the redzone. All three have the ability to move the chains and make a difference. None of the three appear to be game-changers, though. Having one or more step up and become reliable targets would be huge for the offense as a whole. Brady has the most game experience while Cager is considered the most talented of the three.