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Post-Spring Analysis: WR

The Hurricanes finished spring football a few weeks ago so lets take a closer look at the wide receiver position heading into the summer.

Miami only had five scholarship receivers available in the spring. The best one of the group - senior Stacy Coley - missed the second half of spring football with an injury. While he hasn't been an elite player here yet, there wasn't a whole lot he needed to prove to the new coaching staff. He is clearly the most talented wide receiver on the roster and will most likely be Brad Kaaya's favorite target this fall. He will look to improve upon last year's season of 689 yards and four scores.

Braxton Berrios looked to be back at full strength after dealing with a lingering injury as a sophomore last season. After showing flashes of being a potential difference maker as a freshman - especially moving the chains on third down - he caught just eight passes all last season. He looked quicker and faster than ever in the spring and was catching lots of passes. He looks to resume his role as the team's primary slot receiver.

Malcolm Lewis turned in a solid 2014 season when he caught 25 passes for 248 yards but he's never been a difference maker and is averaging less than 10 yards per catch throughout his career here. While he seemed healthy in the spring, he didn't do anything that will lead people to believe he'll put together a big senior season.

The Canes were hoping two big young receivers would emerge as difference makers but that didn't happen. Sophomores Lawrence Cager and Darrell Langham are both 6-foot-4 and over 220 pounds but head coach Mark Richt called them out at the end of spring saying he needed them to play up to their size and ability. They were inconsistent in the spring, and it'd be a huge boost for this offense if one of them stepped up and became a major red zone weapon.

Fortunately for Miami, a lot of help is on the way this summer. Four new receivers will show up for fall camp and a few of them could end up being the best receivers on the team after Coley.

Kaaya will also be very happy when they show up and start running routes in this offense.


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