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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: Braxton Berrios

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Braxton Berrios

WR - 5'9 180 Junior - Raleigh, NC

2015 Statistics:  12 catches - 86 yards

Rough sophomore campaign in which he missed 3 games due to injury.

Excellent as a freshman, recording 21 catches for 232 yards, and 3 scores.

Berrios appeared to be healthy this Spring, and capped it with a monster performance in the Spring Game:

Summary: Looking at UM's WR Corps, as well as after watching the Spring Game, it's apparent that Berrios is a likely starter/#2 option behind Stacy Coley. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. Berrios is more ideally suited to play in the slot, given his size, than on the outside.  But he seems to have a nice chemistry building with QB Brad Kaaya, and he displayed crisp route running ability as well as good hands in traffic this spring. While the 'Canes wait for sophomore Lawrence Cager to develop, and some of the incoming freshmen to ready themselves for this level, Berrios gives Kaaya a reliable target to count on behind Coley.  His possession skills are certainly valuable, but one has to wonder if he will ever display the explosiveness projected of him coming out of H.S.  A 60 yard run off a reverse in UM's bowl game loss last year to WSU was a positive sign.  Even if he is just a move the chains type, it will help Miami's offense.  But if he can make some big plays as well, it makes them more dangerous and potentially frees up Coley for more big plays himself. Overall I expect Berrios to collect somewhere in the range of 35 passes this season, for around 500 yards and a few scores. He should also factor in on punt returns.