Spring Preview - Wide Receivers

The majority of the wide receivers are back this year, which will improve the passing game. All of the guys are doing well during seven-on-sevens. This unit will be one of the fastest in the country and should spread the ball around to a number of guys this year.

Returning (6): SO Ryan Moore (13 games-13 starts); JR Roscoe Parrish (11-0); JR Sinorice Moss (13-0); SO Devin Hester (10-0); SO Darnell Jenkins (13-0); SO Akieem Jolla (redshirt).

Lost (1): Kevin Beard…19 catches…249 yards…1 TD

Spring Depth Chart (2003 stats)

1. Parrish….24 catches…322 yards….2 TD
2. Moss…….8 catches…111 yards…0 TD
3. Jenkins….3 catches……20 yards…1 TD
4. Hester…...4 catches….116 yards…0 TD
5. Jolla……...redshirt

Out: Moore (Shoulder)…44 catches…637 yards…3 TD

With Moore out for spring practices it will give more reps to guys who are ready to improve their numbers in the fall. Keeping Moore out of spring practices is a cautionary move and he will be ready to go in the fall. He has participated in the seven-on-seven drills and has been impressive. Parrish is the only guy that has caught 20 balls in a season out of the group although all others are capable of reaching that mark.

Parrish has been outstanding during seven-on-seven catching the ball and making people miss. He was disappointed in his year last year as he felt he would have a breakout year. This might be his year to breakout. Many players and coaches refer to Parrish as a guy who you couldn't touch in a phone both. Parrish and Moore are the favorites to be the starters on September 6.

Hester is still bothered by an ankle injury that kept him out of three games a year ago. He is extremely excited for the 2004 season and ready to make plays. He has the potential to be a 50-catch guy for Miami in his career. With heavy competition this year for playing time it is important for Hester to separate himself from the group during the spring.

Jenkins has been the talk of the spring. He has improved his strength and speed. He is a tough-nosed football player always wanting to improve himself in the weight room and on the practice field. This is Jenkins's second spring after enrolling at Miami in January 2003. He was impressive last spring, but will be more impressive this time around.

Moss is a guy that could be a victim of having too much talent surrounding him and getting bypassed in the depth chart. He has had nagging injuries throughout the off-season and has missed time during seven-on-sevens. Moss does have good hands and is a positive member of the football team. If he is going to receive ample playing time in the fall it starts here in the spring.

Jolla redshirted last year after serving a three-game suspension to begin the year. He used that time to work on his overall game and develop a bond with quarterback Kyle Wright. He put on weight and worked hard in the weight room. This spring players have compared Jolla's game to Moore's, a very good compliment for Jolla. During seven-on-sevens he has been catching a lot of balls on both short and long passes.

There are a lot of guys fighting for playing time, but they will all play in the fall and will get their chances. Coach Curtis Johnson rotates the guys in and out frequently so it is important for these guys to be a sound group with no weak links. The receivers are a tight-knit group and will be pushing each other throughout spring practices.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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