Wide Receivers Update with Coach Mosely

Wide receivers coach Marquis Mosely took time to evaluate how the receivers have progressed this spring.

Coming into the spring Miami had six wide receivers on scholarship.

But after Darnell Jenkins shut it down to deal with family issues, Lance Leggett suffered a knee injury, and George Robinson was ruled out for the spring with an injury of his own, the Hurricanes found themselves with just three receivers in the final week of spring practices.

The injuries and lack of depth have allowed Sam Shields, Ryan Hill, and Khalil Jones to receive more reps in practice to help with their development.

"What happens is that you go through the spring and you see struggles and you see guys making numerous plays so when you get to the fall those plays start to add up," Mosely said. "The progress that we have made this spring really won't be shown until the fall. You have to be patient with it as a coach."

Shields has taken full advantage of the opportunity particularly in last Friday's scrimmage when he scored two touchdowns inside the redzone.

"It is really big," said Mosely on the two touchdowns. "As the coaches we see the confidence growing in Sam, but more importantly Sam sees that when plays are called Sam knows that he is going to be one of the go-to guys."

Shields had a stellar freshman season with 37 receptions, 501 yards, and four touchdowns. Mosely would like to see Shields improve on his strength this season and being more physical especially at the line of scrimmage.

Leggett was having a good spring prior to the injury and could be ready for a breakout season in 2007.

"I look for Lance to have a big year this year," Mosely said. "He has really progressed tremendously over the spring and he has a demeanor and an attitude about himself that I have not seen since I have been here. That is what I am really excited about and that is why I was disappointed and upset about the injury."

Last season Leggett caught 38 passes for 584 yards and four touchdowns.

"I think he is determined to have a great year," Mosely said. "Last year he expected it, but did he really expect it? This year I think he really expects it."

Hill came to UM as a cornerback and was switched to wide receiver a week before the season opener and has stayed at receiver since. Mosely believes Hill is becoming comfortable at the position.

"I definitely think so," Mosely said. "Ryan has done a good job. With a full year under his belt I think he is going to do some nice things for us."

"Sam and Ryan need to step up and have a big year for us," Mosely added.

Jones is also looking for playing time during his junior season. He has played in 23 games catching seven passes for 81 yards.

Mosely anticipates all four of the incoming receivers to play this season which is good news for Kayne Farquharson, Leonard Hankerson, Jermaine McKenzie, and Daniel Adderley.

"If they are ready to go they will play this year," Mosely said. "I am not going to wait or prepare them to redshirt. They will be prepared to play this year and right now they need to play."

As of now, there is not a walk-on receiver making enough of an impact to play this fall according to Mosely.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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