Finally some good news for the Miami receiving corps: coach Al Golden said starting receiver Allen Hurns is “OK to play” on Saturday against South Florida, and Golden is not concerned about the depth of the position despite several injuries and a suspension.
Hurns, the team’s third-leading receiver, wore a hard cast on Tuesday to protect a cracked bone in his thumb, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Hurns injured it in Saturday’s 41-40 road loss to Virginia. He had two receiving touchdowns in that game. Miami’s second-leading receiver, Rashawn Scott (35 catches, 512 yards, three touchdowns), is suspended, and freshman receiver Robert Lockhart is out for the season with an injury, as is freshman receiver Malcolm Lewis, according to the Miami Herald.
The Canes still have leading receiver Phillip Dorsett (42 catches, 648 yards, four touchdowns), Herb Waters (five catches), and Kendal Thompkins (two catches), and the staff also counts on Duke Johnson in the passing game. Dorsett had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season in the loss to Virginia. South Florida is ranked No. 68 in the country in pass defense.
“We’ve played multiple personnel groups, and obviously Phillip is having a good year,” Golden said. “Herb’s been playing much better of late, and Allen had one of his better games last week. We’re going to need some guys to step up for sure, because we lost Scott and Robert Lockhart in the last couple of weeks, but hopefully these guys will step up and answer the call.”