As UM football continues to slog towards Chestnut Hill, we here at the 7th Floor will breakdown each position group on the team. Today we look at the wide receivers. Miami has produced stars at this position, but that's probably not going to be the case this year— not on paper, at least.
Miami has officially graduated a "generation" of receivers. Familiar faces— Travis Benjamin, Tommy Streeter, LaRon Byrd— are all gone. They have left a sizable void, and this group of pass catchers will really have to step up if Miami's offense is going to move the ball consistently. There are some players here who have contributed in spurts, but a lot more that haven't.
Let's look at how the pass catchers stack up.
PHILLIP DORSETT / Soph. / 5' 10", 186 / Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Pressure is on Dorsett. The bite-size true sophomore showed glimpses of the reliable target that he will likely become, but he's now the no. 2 returning receiver at Miami. That's a big jump for a player who had the same amount of receptions but 16 less yards in 2011 than running back Eduardo Clements. Dorsett will likely work out of the slot this year, where his quickness can be utilized and his lack of size isn't much of an issue. If he stays healthy, he will potentially come close to tripling his catches and yards from 2011, but it's hard to imagine anything more than that. Whether that's enough to help power Miami's offense to where it needs to be remains to be seen.
ALLEN HURNS / Junior / 6' 3", 190 / Miami, Fla.
DAVON JOHNSON / Senior / 6' 0", 185 / Miami, Fla.
2011 stats: n/a
Johnson, the fifth year senior, is back on offense after an interlude as a defensive back in 2011. He's a four-star recruit who has not amounted to much on the field, and it would be shocking if he contributed anywhere this year beyond kick and punt coverage.
RASHAWN SCOTT / Soph. / 6' 2", 200 / Melbourne, Fla.
KENDAL THOMPKINS / Senior / 5' 10", 182 / Miami, Fla.
JONTAVIOUS CARTER / 6' 2", 200 / Cordele, Ga.
When Al Golden and his staff extended Carter a scholarship, they decided to bet on potential. Carter has a combination of size and athleticism that does not just sprout up from the ground, but he's raw as a football player and did not face top competition in Georgia. He's not listed on Miami's depth chart and is an almost certain redshirt.
D'MAURI JONES / 6' 4", 190 / Leesburg, Fla.
MALCOM LEWIS / 6' 0", 194 / Miramar, Fla.
Lewis was one of Miami's top offensive recruits in the 2012 cycle, and he'll have a chance to contribute this season. He's currently listed fourth at one receiver position, but that's likely to change as the season nears and eventually kicks into gear. If Lewis can pick up the mental and technical aspects of the position, he has as much— if not more— talent than any receiver currently on this team, and I'm not buying that the third or fourth receiver spots are going to be filled by Thompkins and/or Johnson. That leaves the door wide open for Lewis.
ROBERT LOCKHART JR. / 6' 1", 188 / Delray Beach, Fla.
HERB WATERS / 6' 1", 172 / Homestead, Fla.
Waters is similar in size to Lockhart, but was a less heralded recruit and only racked up 385 yards receiving as a high school senior. Yet, Waters is listed on Miami's depth chart, and may be the type of overlooked recruit who quietly shows in practice that he's not to be underestimated. Waters is still not being talked about much, but we'll see if that changes once the season starts.