As we get closer to the season arriving, Miam’s coaching staff continues to reveal juicy news about their positions’ current status before the 2018 season begins. This time, we received information about some of the most important weapons on the offensive side, the receivers.
Tuesday, Miami offensive coordinator Mike Hartley opened up about current battles and stories coming out of the wide receiver position. According to the Miami Herald, Hartley started by approaching questions in regards to star player Ahmmon Richards and Jeff Thomas. The coordinator believes that Richards, who faced injuries during the 2017 season, will be returning and cannot wait to see the Junior at his full potential. However, Thomas is still able to earn the starting spot if he could earn short receptions to gain big yardage. Hartley states that the upcoming sophomore showed promise of being a deep threat last year because of his explosive speed, but he can get more reps if he can be versatile with the kind of plays he knows.
Lawrence Cager can also make a possible move for Miami’s third starting slot, especially having highlight moments throughout 2017 and making plays during the Orange Bowl. Brown also noted the current status of Darrell Langham’s role as a receiver in 2018. While the Senior made exceptional catches in games like the one against Florida State last year, Langham shows a lot of promise as Miami’s secret weapon on the field. This potential can turn into more snaps if he can shake off the DB’s to avoid batted down balls.
Alongside veterans like Thomas and Richards, Thomas believes that some of the newer players can add an advantage on the field. For example, Brian Hightower is considered for a starting role for his consistency from spring ball all the way to summer camp. “I feel really good about him,” says Brown, “He came in extremely focused, did a great job from a receiving standpoint and from [the] blocking standpoint. He’s more of our consistent guys.” The summer’s also been a great opportunity to see potential in other freshmen like Mark Pope, Marquezz Ezzard, and Daquris Wiggins.
With so many receivers both old and new, it seems like Thomas’ reports show that there’s a lot of potential and competition developing as the Hurricanes move closer to the season. Only three could earn a starting role, but we may see each of these young boys become men on the field whether it’s one play or three consistent ones.