Monday, March 8, 2010
ACC position superlatives: Miami
By ESPN.com staff
We resume our series on the strongest and weakest units for each ACC team with Miami:
Strongest position: Wide receiver
Key returnees: Leonard Hankerson, LaRon Byrd, Travis Benjamin
Key departures: None.
The skinny: Despite the unimpressive performances in Saturday’s scrimmage, this is still one of the deepest groups in the ACC. Miami returns its three leading receivers from a year ago, including Hankerson, who had the most receiving yards (801) since Andre Johnson in 2002. Five receivers had at least 200 yards each last year, including Thearon Collier and Aldarius Johnson.
Weakest position: Tight end
Key returnees: Richard Gordon
Key departures: Jimmy Graham, Tervaris Johnson, Dedrick Epps
The skinny: This is where Miami will lose some of its receiving yards from a year ago, as this departed trio combined for 44 catches. Gordon, a senior with only four career starts who was injured the majority of last year, is one of just two tight ends the Canes have at spring practice. Redshirt freshman Billy Sanders is the other. Miami signed four tight ends in this recruiting class, but none of them were early enrollees.