Miami Hurricanes: Aerial Assassians

Will CaneCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2009

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Receiver Aldarius Johnson #4 of the Miami Hurricanes fails to pull in this touchdown reception against Lee Butler #36 of the Duke Blue Devils during the game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Miami Hurricanes have opened up fall camp this weekend. This season will be a make or break for the university. A couple hundred miles north in Gainsville a dynasty is rolling along with full force, and the other school in the state capital has won 3 of the last 4 meetings.

Now more than ever Jacory and company must step up and bring the canes back to their winning ways. Under Harris the canes have a great leader, he was a standout in high school and showed great poise last year. Harris has one of the best wide receiver units in the nation. They are mostly ignored by the media because of lack of numbers last season but trust me they are a very dangerous.

Aldarius Johnson led the team in catches(31) as a true freshmen last year. Johnson's only knock has been he's slow running his routes. This wont be a problem for long as he lost 15 pounds during the spring and summer to increase speed. Johnson and Harris have been teammates since high school, so they are on the same page. I expect another big year from A.D.

LaRon Byrd has donned the number 47, any cane fan knows that number belonged to the one and only "playmaker" Michael Irvin. This was a great choice for Byrd beacuse it showed his heart and desire to be the next great cane. He stepped up in the virginia game with a unbeliveable catch in the fourth to tie the game. With his height and quickness off the line watch for Byrd to compete with Johnson for most receptions. Byrd was also the only receiver with a catch in all 12 games last season.

Travis Benjamin led the team in punt return and kickoff returns last season. His breakout game came against FSU when he had 274 all purpose yards in one for the ages. Nicknamed "blur", this guy is a burner and a legit home run threat every time he touches the ball. I think he will be huge help with the run game because he can stretch the field.

Thearon Collier was second on the team with 26 receptions, 324 yards and 1 touchdown. Collier is a burner who lines up in the slot position. Also look for him to helpout on punt returns this year.

Davon Johnson had a lesser role last year, 5 catches for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. He is also a slot receiver and a high school teammate of Thearon Collier

The most expirenced receiver on the team is junior Leonard Hankerson, last year he accounted for 11 receptions for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hankerson has the build and speed to be great, but he has a problem with drops. This has kept him from being a leader in stats. To combat he's been getting help from a South Florida legend, former Miami Dolphins wideout Mark Duper. Duper has been trying to get into Hankerson's head and help with the drops. This is time for Hankerson to prove he belongs.

Two players redshirted last year, Kendal Thompkins and Tommy Streeter. Both are high school teamates of Jacory Harris so the chemistry is there. According to coaches both excelled in the spring, including Streeter running a 4.4 40(one of the fastest on the team).

With Mark Whipple now running the offense, the cane faithful hope for no limits in the passing attack. As long as the O-Line can hold the pocket for Jacory the wideouts will get open and make plays.

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