Spring Preview: WR's

Spring football starts at the University of Miami on Tuesday so it's time to take a look at the team heading into the month-long session.

This is probably the most talented and deepest position on Miami's roster heading into the spring. The Canes have five players who had 250+ receiving yards last season and all of them are either juniors or seniors.

Leading the way is senior Leonard Hankerson, who emerged as one of the best wideouts in the ACC last season. He caught 45 passes for 801 yards and six scores while emerging as Jacory Harris' favorite target. The former four-star recruit will look to take his game to another level this season and emerge as a high NFL draft prospect.

The most explosive of the receivers is junior Travis Benjamin, who caight 21 passes for 504 yards and four touchdowns last season. He struggled with some injuries and if he can stay healthy, he, too, could emerge as one of the best in all of college football.

Two more big targets are juniors Laron Byrd and Aldarius Johnson. Byrd, a former three-star recruit, finished last season with 33 catches for 460 yards and one touchdown. Johnson, a former five-star recruit, had 16 catches for 276 yards and one score while battling some injuries.

Junior Thearon Collier, who emerged as a threat in the return game last season, caught 18 passes for 250 yards and one score and will be looked upon to take his game to another level this season.

Three players who will look to break into the rotation are sophomore Tommy Streeter (5-114-0 in 2009), sophomore Kendal Thompkins (2-33-1), and sophomore Davon Johnson (5-71-1 in 2008), who redshirted last season.

True freshman Allen Hurns joins the group for the spring as an early enrollee but the former three-star recruit is still recovering from a knee injury suffered last August and his status for spring is still up in the air.


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