On Sunday afternoon, WR Ahmmon Richards was named to the USA Today Freshman All-American team.
A 4-star recruit from Wellington, FL, Richards chose Miami over Alabama (among others), and came to campus after an outstanding prep career, which saw the 6’2” 180lb speedster gain nearly 2,500 yards and 40 total touchdowns over his last 2 high school seasons.
Once at Miami, Richards worked his way into the rotation, and earned a starting spot after WR Lawrence Cager tore his ACL before fall camp. Richards did not wait to make an impact, posting a stat line of 46 catches for 866 yards and 2 TDs in his freshman year. On top of breaking Michael Irvin’s record for most receiving yards by a freshman, Richards led all CFB freshmen — true or redshirt — with previously-listed his receiving totals and 18.83 yards per catch average.
Richards was the only Canes player to earn Freshman All-American honors, and one of 3 ACC players with such accolades. The full list of 2016 Freshman All-Americans can be seen here.