Year of Eligibility: Redshirt junior
Position: Wide receiver
Measurables: Six foot three, 195 pounds
Career Stats: 9 receptions, 90 yards receiving
There are enough constants at wide receiver for the Miami Hurricanes entering the 2017 season. Ahmmon Richards is the rising star. Lawrence Cager is the player on the mend, and freshmen wide receivers Jeff Thomas, DeeJay Dallas, and Mike Harley represent promise for the future.
What does this mean for the rest of the guys in the wide receiver room? Well, we think they should take a “Why not me?” approach entering the season.
When we think of the pecking order of wide receivers, could Dayall Harris be an option in his second season with the Hurricanes? Why not?
Harris was a multi-sport star in his high school days at Callaway High School in Mississippi (basketball, track and football). After being released from his scholarship at Ole Miss, he played in junior college for a season. He attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, where he put together 45 receptions for 546 yards receiving, with a 12.1 yards per catch average and 3 touchdowns. The experience taught Harris the consequences of taking his role as a student-athlete for granted.
Why not give a guy his second chance?
At the end of the spring practices, wide receiver coach Ron Dugans was impressed with Harris’s growth from the 2016 offseason.
Harris is versatile in that he knows the responsibility of each wide receiver position. He should be the next man up if a player above him falter.
With ideal height, deep knowledge of the system, and a better execution in play, Harris is a tremendous asset, providing depth and security for a position group that lacked both not too long ago.