The Miami Hurricanes feel like they have the potential to be explosive offensively this season, and two of the program’s most diminutive players might make big impacts, according to Mark Richt.
Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley are listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and 5-9, 160 pounds, respectively, but they’ve been players to watch this spring. So much so that the Hurricanes coach had no issues calling them Miami’s best receivers.
“The two smallest guys that we got have been the most productive guys that we got,” Richt told The Joe Rose Show on 560 WQAM, according to David Lake of InsideTheU.com.
Both players showed flashes in 2017 as freshmen. Thomas proved to be a big-play receiver with 17 catches for 374 yards and 2 touchdowns while Harley showed value in the slot with 9 catches for 91 yards in nine games.
With Ahmmon Richards recovering from a knee injury he suffered late last season, Thomas has been working on the outside and in the slot in an effort to take advantage of his speed to create mismatches. Meanwhile, Harley has been working exclusively in the slot and will look to replace former slot receiver Braxton Berrios.
The pair will be on display Saturday when Miami holds its spring game at Hard Rock Stadium.