Dayall Harris transferred to Miami from Copiah-Lincoln Junior College via Ole Miss. Harris, who just completed his redshirt sophomore season, redshirted in 2014, and played in 9 games as a JUCO player in 2015. At Copiah-Lincoln, Harris logged 546 receiving yards and 3 TDs before transferring to Miami.
The 6’3 200lbs Mississippi native seemed confident upon transferring. In an interview with Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post back in May of 2016, he said, “I picked Miami because they had five scholarship receivers... once I heard that, I knew I could come in and play right away.”
He did play in 13 games this season, but did not start, as he played behind more athletic receivers in David Njoku, Stacy Coley, Braxton Berrios, and freshman sensation Ahmmon Richards. Harris caught 9 balls for 90 yards in 2016 but where I noticed him was his downfield blocking on screens and his stalk blocking in the RPO game.
You could instantly tell that WR’s coach Ron Duggans expected more from this wide outs and blocking was something mandatory as Coley, Njoku (in the slot), Berrios and Harris blocked better than I’ve seen in a long time from the position. I think blocks like the one in the GIF below can earn guys playing time as the season goes on.
While 2016 wasn’t quite as eventful for Harris as he or the staff probably projected, 2017 has upside with Coley and Njoku off the depth chart leaving Harris, Berrios and Richards as the returning veterans with real game experience. Harris will have to fight off in-coming freshman, but that picture won’t be clear until after signing day.