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2018 Pinstripe Bowl Player Profile: Lawrence Cager

Miami’s lengthy wide receiver has to be excited about facing Wisconsin again after his performance in the 2017 Orange Bowl.

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Lawrence Cager came out of Calvert Hall in Towson, MD as a four-star wide receiver. As his recruitment was winding down Alabama looked like the favorite, but he eventually committed to the Hurricanes over the Tide, Georgia, and Virginia Tech at the Army All-American game in early 2015.

The Hurricanes expected the All-American to help immediately because of his large 6-5 frame and big play ability, which was put on display on national television along with this dance move that was a hit all over social media at the time:

That was not necessarily the case though. His freshman year, Cager caught just eight passes in five games for 70 yards.

In the summer leading up to the 2016 season, he tore his ACL during 7-on-7, sidelining him for the entire year.

Cager went on to play in eight games as a redshirt sophomore in 2017, reeling in 16 catches for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He had the best game of his career against Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl last year with career-high’s in both catches and yards with 4-76 with a touchdown.

Overall, Cager has had his best year statistically in 2018. He has 20 catches for 376 yards (17.6 yards per reception) and six touchdowns, including two against Florida State.

Since then, Cager has had more than one reception in just a single game and hasn’t reached the end zone. Wisconsin could be exactly what Cager needs to get back on track and finish the season strong before heading into his final year in Coral Gables.