Malcolm Lewis looked like he was going to have a strong freshman season for the Miami Hurricanes in 2012, showing a nice ability to catch the football over the first four games. A gruesome ankle injury against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, however, cut his season short and left some to question whether or not he would be able to come back as the same player in 2013. He’s put those concerns to rest with a strong spring and is poised to become a significant part of the Canes’ passing offense next fall.
Before his injury, Lewis looked like he was starting to come into his own as a freshman. He made eight catches for 73 yards with a touchdown before he had to be carted off the field against Tech. While his injury left a lasting impression on those who saw it happen, it hasn’t proven to have any long term effects on his game as Lewis returned to the team for spring practice and put together a strong session.
It was highlighted by one of the feel-good moments of spring football this season. Lewis caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in his first game-like experience since the injury. His teammates rushed the field and mobbed the receiver in the end zone celebrating with him as he put his fully recovered ankle on display. With that one catch, he told his teammates and coaches that he is back and will be ready to make that same kind of impact next fall.
The U is looking to make a run for the ACC title in 2013 and the continued growth of Stephen Morris under center will go a long way in helping them get there. With Lewis coming back and adding his talents to the receiver pool, Miami just might have the weapons to make it happen.