Next Man Up (Replacing Malcolm Lewis)

The Hurricanes are losing 11 seniors from its 2016 team, and 3 juniors have declared for the NFL Draft. It's time for us to take a closer look at who will be replacing those 14 players. This piece focuses on replacing wide receiver Malcolm Lewis.

Gone: WR Malcolm Lewis
After a career that seemed to go on forever, Lewis has finally moved. He came here as a high profile recruit from nearby Miramar High but his career never took off like many had expected. Injuries played a key role in that but it's worth noting that he probably had his best season in 2016 in Mark Richt's offense. He finished the season with 17 catches for 211 yards and one score while starting four of the team's 13 games. He was Miami's No. 3 wide receiver for most of the season and brought some leadership to a team that lacked it in many other areas.

Next Man Up: Braxton Berrios
After a solid freshman campaign, Berrios battled through lots of injuries as a sophomore in 2015. He entered the 2016 season with expectations that he'd become a full-time starter in the slot. It didn't exactly happen that way, as he finished the season with 12 catches for 178 yards and two scores. He split time with Lewis as the team's third receiver and ended up being the team's No. 4.

By process of depth chart elimination, Berrios will enter the 2017 offseason as the team's 2nd receiver coming back. However, Lawrence Cager will join the mix again. Dionte Mullins has more upside and will finally see the field in 2017. A couple 2017 recruiting class members will join the team. There will be a lot more competition for the No. 2 -- or even No. 3 -- job in 2017. It is reasonable, however, to expect Berrios to replace the type of production that Lewis posted in 2016 (which would mean Berrios has a slight bump in production in 2017 compared to his 2016 campaign). 


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