Hill Made NFL-Caliber Catch

Freshman wide receiver Ryan Hill made a tough catch in traffic last week against North Carolina that drew praise from head coach Larry Coker.

Facing a 1st-and-19 from their own 45-yardline, quarterback threaded a pass in traffic that Ryan Hill came up with before getting drilled.

Result: 22-yard catch, first down for Miami. Five plays later UM stretched their lead to 10-0 in the second quarter.

It is those kinds of plays that UM needs if they want to make a run at the ACC title.

Hill knows all about the sign in the receivers room that says, "Every ball thrown your way is a good ball".

"We talk about that every day," Hill said. "When I went out there, I really didn't know the safety was that close and didn't pick him up to the last minute. The ball was actually--they said it was late--but it was a good ball. The first thing I knew I had to do, was to catch the ball.

"As a freshman all I think about is if you have a chance to make a play, then you make it."

On the season, Hill has 6 catches for 62 yards after moving to wide receiver from cornerback prior to the season opener.

The adjustment has gone well so far.

"It's getting better," said Hill, from Tallahassee, Fla. "I think I am in the 90s percent and just about there. I have been learning my plays and learning different positions. At first I was just learning the 'X', but now I am learning the 'Y' and 'Z'. Whether I stay here or not I think it is going to look good for the future.

In addition to becoming more of a threat at wide receiver, he is expected to be one of the two kickoff returners this week against Florida International.

"It's a chance to make plays, help you get seen a little more, and help the team so I am willing to do it," said Hill, who also serves as the back-up punt returner as well.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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