Just a day after the saddening news of receiver Dayall Harris leaving the program, Canes fans got some great news. Miami’s top receiver, Ahmmon Richards, has been cleared to play and participate in team workouts.
“I am 100 percent go,” Richards said in an interview with Joe Rose and Zach Krantz from Miami’s WQAM. “I’m doing great, better than ever.”
Number 82 is someone that the Hurricanes are deepening heavily on if they want offensive success in 2018.
In his first season in 2016, Richards earned freshman All-American honors, snagging 49 passes for 934 yards, all of which were Miami freshman records.
His sophomore year didn’t live up to the hype however. Battling injuries and also a new quarterback, Richards totaled only 24 receptions, 439 yards and three touchdowns. Four days before the ACC Championship game, Richards injured his meniscus, putting a coffin into his 2017 season.
Though, 2017 can’t entirely be looked at as a bad year for Richards. When he was healthy, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder still averaged 18.3 yards per reception.
However, 2018 looks to be very promising for the junior out of West Palm Beach. With Braxton Berrios and Chris Herndon gone, Richards is no doubt the leading receiver and number one target for quarterback Malik Rosier.
“If he just plays normal for him, he’ll be one of the best receivers in America,” head coach Mark Richt told the Palm Beach Post back in March. “He’s that talented.”
Richards will lead a very talented and young group of Miami receivers, including Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Cager. Not to mention the incoming freshman who will be on the receiving end of Rosier’s passes, like Brevin Jordan and Mark Pope.
With Richards now healthy, and Rosier looking like the starter and also a year under his belt, expect big things from this duo.