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Who Will Become Miami’s Next Possession Receiver?

Miami’s wide receiver corp is fast and athletic, but somewhat lacking in height.

Notre Dame v Miami
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Lawrence Cager #18 of the Miami Hurricanes makes a catch over Julian Love #27 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during a game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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With Darrell Langham graduating, and Lawrence Cager transferring from the program, Miami is left without a proven jump-ball threat.

There’s no denying that the ‘Canes have a bevy of talent at the position group, recently adding K.J. Osborn and Jeremiah Payton to the roster. However, Evidence Njoku, a Redshirt Sophomore and brother of Miami legend David Njoku, is the only receiver on the Hurricanes’ roster over 6-3.

Last season, endzone fades were a large part of Mark Richt’s goal-line offense. That may very well change in 2019 under new management, but having a lengthy option to throw lobs to in your arsenal is a building block for a well-rounded offensive scheme.

Evidence Njoku seems to be the perfect fit for this role, but he hasn’t seen the field much — catching just 1 pass for 11 yards in 2018. Rated as a 3-star recruit in 2017, Njoku’s development could play a major role in Miami’s offense this upcoming season.

If Njoku still isn’t ‘ready,’ however, the ‘Canes could easily call upon tight ends Brevin Jordan, Brian Polendey, and WIll Mallory to post-up in the endzone. This makes it a workable situation, but having a lengthy receiver that towers over defensive backs is always a nice choice to have. If Njoku progresses well enough this spring, Miami could have a deadly goal-line attack on their hands.