This hits just continue to pound the University of Miami football program. After seeing Jeff Thomas dismissed from the program, another wideout has decided to take his talents elsewhere. Redshirt junior Lawrence Cager is leaving UM, and will be transferring before the 2019 season. Cager will be a graduate transfer wherever he lands moving forward. The news was reported first by Brett McMurphy of the Stadium Network. There was some talk on forums that the Maryland native could possibly leave the team after the regular season concluded. Those whispers became official today.
Miami WR Lawrence Cager, who was the Canes’ 2nd-leading receiver & had a team-high 6 TDs, is transferring, a source told @WatchStadium. Cager, who had 18 career starts, will be a grad transfer & eligible at his new school next season— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2018
In his four seasons as a Hurricane, Cager experienced some mighty highs and infuriating lows. As one of the taller options in the Hurricanes’ passing game, the 6’5”, 220 pound receiver possess an above-the-rim game that often gave him a favorable mismatch in one-on-one coverage. A good route runner, Cager didn’t create a lot of separation, yet was able to to haul the ball down with a defender draped around him. In the four years that Cager has spent at UM, he’s accounted for 681 career receiving yards and 10 TDs.
Cager has overcome some personal hurdles to make it back onto the football field, the least of which was suffering a torn ACL before the 2016 season. This forced the former invitee to Nike’s The Opening to miss the entire season. Working hard to improve himself to a point where he is better than he was before the injury, Cager returned to the field in 2017 to help the Canes have a productive season.
Of course, it was not all roses and beautiful sunsets during Cager’s time in Miami. Cager’s penchant for dropping the ball, not seeing passes and appearing as frustrated as any Cane fan does during the slump has become an issue of late. The distant look in the eyes of the receiver as the ball skims off his finger tips became an all-too-common sight. UM supporters threw fits of frustration on plays that they felt could’ve been made, but didn’t seem excited when No. 18 came down with the ball.
Despite his struggles this year, Cager has been one of the more upbeat and jovial members on the roster. Usually cracking a smile and joke during interviews, you can count on Cager to provide a hilarious soundbite when was needed, or even if you weren’t expecting it.
The departure of Cager now leaves the Hurricanes dreadfully young at receiver. With the loss of Ahmmon Richards to a career-ending neck injury, Jeff Thomas being shown the door, Darrell Langham graduating and now Cager heading elsewhere, junior Mike Harley will be the lone upperclassman at the position.
Will a young a receiving corp be ready to take on the challenges of starters in 2019? It doesn’t matter, because they have to. The youth movement is upon us, folks, so hold on tight. This rollercoaster may be climbing up to its peak.
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