Position Preview: WR

Speed, speed and more speed. That's what Kyle Wright will have on the edges when he looks deep for touchdown passes to the likes of the long and lighting fast Lance Leggett, the quick and sharp-cutting Sinorice Moss, the strong-bodied Ryan Moore and the dynamic Darnell Jenkins.


The two starters for this year's Miami Hurricanes will be an experienced duo in Leggett and Moss.

Leggett emerged as star in the making as a freshman last year while hauling in 17 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns.

Moss, whose signature play of the season came when he caught a 30-yard screen for the touchdown that tied the game against FSU in the final 30 seconds of the game, finished the year with 20 catches for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

However, those numbers expect to skyrocket for both players as they are expected to see a lot more field time, not to mention that Moss suffered through some injuries last year that slowed his progress.

But if either of them lets up just a little bit, either or both could easily be replaced by more than adequate back ups who will get plenty of playing time themselves.

Moore, who was the Hurricanes leading receiver as a freshman when he caught 44 passes for 627 yards and 3 touchdowns, enters fall practice as Leggett's back up, but having a playing like Moore as a back up is a blessing.

Moore struggled early last dropping a few passes against the 'Noles and it plagued him the rest of the season as he lost his starting spot and ended up getting injured that destroyed his sophomore year.

If it was a sophomore jinx, Moore certainly endured. Hopefully, it makes him all the better entering his junior year.

Backing up Moss is Darnell Jenkins who caught 21 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown.

That doesn't even include Akieem Jolla who is third on the depth chart at split end. And Jolla is a player that caught 15 passes for 213 yards and a score.

With the departure of Roscoe Parrish, one of the above will have to step up and establish himself as Wright's favorite target, but he'll have a nice cast to pick from.

In reality however, the 'Canes top receiver may very well be tight end Greg Olsen and he may very well be Wright's favorite target as over the past ten years, tight ends have seemingly been the top choice for the quarterbacks of the past.


Down the list of first round pick tight ends include Bubba Franks, Jeremey Shockey and most recently, Kellen Winslow II.

Could it be Olsen's turn next?

He showed flashes of making some big grabs last season, but his season was cut short with a wrist injury that made it impossible catch the ball.

And his presence was sorely missed especially when Kevin Everett went down with an injury as well prior to the Virginia Tech game.

But he will quite likely be the safety valve for Wright when the young quarterback is in trouble.

Either way, the receiving corps will be a group that will be tough for any defense to match up with, and when the 'Canes go four and five wide, it could very well be scary the production the 'Canes have in the passing game if Wright's given the necessary protection.

Bombs away!

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