Miami Football: Ranking the 7 Best Offensive Weapons for the 'Canes
Although the Miami Hurricanes have big question marks—all on defense—heading into the 2013 season, the offense looks to be on pace to put up some lofty numbers.
In fact, I honestly cannot remember the last time the Hurricanes had so many offensive playmakers on one team. You may even have to go back to 2002—the last time the 'Canes made it to the national championship game.
No, I am not saying this 'Canes team will be in the big game, but there should be no shortage of points this high-profile offense can put up.
Here are the top seven offensive weapons on the current 'Canes roster.
No. 7: Clive Walford, TE
Early last season, the Hurricanes rarely went to the tight ends. In fact, Clive Walford—the 'Canes' leading tight end—had just 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season.
Over the last two games, Walford caught seven passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, including 134 yards and a touchdown against South Florida.
Walford has great hands and isn't afraid to catch the ball in the middle. If Stephen Morris can get him the ball, there is no way he doesn't improve on the 451 receiving yards he had last season.
No. 6: Herb Waters, WR
Herb Waters only caught 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns last season, but really looked good during the last two games of the season. During the two-game stretch, Waters caught five passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
The 6'1", 172-pound sophomore has the hands and deep-threat ability to become one of the Hurricanes' best offensive weapons.
No. 5: Allen Hurns, WR
Two years ago as a sophomore, Allen Hurns finished third on the team in receptions (31), yards (415) and touchdowns (4). Heading into last season, I thought he had the potential to break the 1,000-yard barrier.
Unfortunately, he was outplayed by Phillip Dorsett and finished the season with just 28 catches for 314 yards and four touchdowns.
That doesn't mean he isn't a threat heading into this season, because he has the size (6'3", 195 pounds) and route-running ability to become a very dangerous receiver.
No. 4: Rashawn Scott, WR
One of the most impressive wide receivers this spring was junior receiver Rashawn Scott. Scott seemed to be ahead of the class, catching anything and everything thrown his way.
Scott was well on his way to having a great season last year before he missed the final three games due to violating team rules.
If Scott can overcome his immaturity, he will be one of the best weapons for quarterback Stephen Morris all season long.
Scott finished last season second on the team in receptions (35) and receiving yards (512).
No. 3: Phillip Dorsett, WR
There isn't a doubt in my mind that wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is the best wide receiver on the team. Besides a few drops last season, Dorsett was automatic, leading the team in receptions (58) and receiving yards (842) and tying for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with four.
Dorsett is a playmaker, and if he catches the ball, he has the chance to take it for six every time. I honestly believe that Dorsett has an opportunity to become a 1,000-yard receiver this upcoming season.
No. 2: Stephen Morris, QB
If it weren't for the No. 1—you can probably figure out who that is—quarterback Stephen Morris would be in that spot. Morris had a breakout year, completing 245 of 421 passes for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns.
During a two-game stretch against Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, he threw for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns. His 566-yard performance against NCST was the highest ever in the ACC.
With all the weapons he has at his disposal this season, along with a questionable defense, Morris may break the 4,000-yard mark.
Morris has one of the strongest arms in the country and could play well enough to get snagged in the first couple rounds of the 2014 NFL draft.
No. 1: Duke Johnson, RB
To me, picking the 'Canes' No. 1 offensive weapon was a no-brainer. Duke Johnson single-handedly makes this offense one of the most dangerous in the ACC.
Johnson is an extremely quick and surprisingly strong running back. My only concern heading into this season will be his durability, although it may not be an issue with the ability the 'Canes will have through the air.
Last season, Duke gained 2,060 all-purpose yards, which was second in school history to Willis McGahee's 2,108 yards.
Whether it be as a running back or returner, Duke is easily the most dangerous player on this Hurricanes roster.