As we continue on with our player profiles for your 2020 Miami Hurricanes, the next guy I want to take a look at is junior wide receiver Dee Wiggins. One of my favorite pieces for this Miami offense, I think Wiggins is going to emerge as a star for the Canes this season.
Getting a chance to watch spring practice No. 2 today in shorts and helmets. D’Eriq King had a long TD pass to Dee Wiggins during 7 on 7 work. Wiggins beat Christian Williams down the field. King then raced down to celebrate with his receiver. Pass was on the money in stride.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) March 3, 2020
Coming out of Miami Southridge High School as a part of the 2018 recruiting class for the Hurricanes, Wiggins had a quiet and frustrating freshman season, involved with dropped passes and missed opportunities.
However, in his sophomore season, Wiggins started to flash some of the potential that Miami fans have been waiting to see. In the first half of 2019, Wiggins wasn’t doing much, but then the last few games we saw the speedster make big plays.
Against Florida State, Wiggins hauled in a long touchdown reception from Jarren Williams in the fourth quarter to put the game away. He finished the day in Tallahassee with 4 receptions for 84 yards, and a touchdown.
The next week against Louisville, Wiggins continued to shine, having a career day with 3 catches, for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns, including another long score coming from Williams, this one from 67-yards.
He finished the 2019 season with 20 catches, 335 yards and 4 touchdowns. They may not be the flashiest of stats, but it was enough to give me the confidence that Wiggins can be the go-to-guy at wide receiver for the Canes in 2020.
Dee Wiggins on the Canes’ new offense: “I love it. It’s not confusing...everyone has to be accountable.”— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) March 3, 2020
Heading into 2020, I have high expectations for Wiggins, as I think he’ll end up leading all Miami receivers in yards and also touchdowns. What makes Wiggins such a dangerous threat is both his size and incredible speed. At 6”3 and 200 pounds, Wiggins has a great frame for a receiver, with the ability to go up against the defender and make the catch.
Dee Wiggins could be Miami’s next star at receiver. 3 catches 85 yards and 2 touchdowns against Louisville pic.twitter.com/TC0L4Tak8s— Marsh Thomas (@hurricanesmarsh) November 11, 2019
Then his speed, and I've been trying to tell people this for a long time, but Wiggins can flat-out FLY. His blazing speed makes him the ultimate weapon for Miami, and you can use Wiggins as a deep-ball threat, or give it to him on a reverse or screen pass.
I’ve always been a big Dee Wiggins fan, this play shows his speed that we haven’t seen too much of pic.twitter.com/mPvA5JYtXJ— Marsh Thomas (@hurricanesmarsh) September 17, 2019
When Miami lines up to play Temple on September 5th, I believe the three wide receivers the Canes trot out there will be Wiggins, Mark Pope (Wiggins high school teammate) and then Mike Harley. While Harley and Pope will be used primarily in the quick passing game, Wiggins is going to emerge as the connection downfield that the Hurricanes have been missing for some time now.
As to who are some of the guys that Rob Likens said flashed a bit during those first four spring practices Miami managed, Dee Wiggins, Mark Pope, Jeremiah Payton and Mike Harley all showed they were "types of guys you want to have in this offense."— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 9, 2020
Then once you combine Wiggins potential with a quarterback like D’Eriq King, and an OC like Rhett Lashlee, I truly believe 2020 is going to be a breakout season for the wide receiver out of Dade County.