The Miami Hurricanes‘ offense is loaded with talent in 2013, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make room for one more weapon. From all reports, true freshman wide receiver Stacy Coley has looked fantastic this summer and could be a part of the receiver rotation by the time the season opens.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Oakland Park, Fla., native was the No. 47-ranked player by ESPN last year. There was some concern about him qualifying academically, but with that hurdle cleared, Coley has been one of the biggest stories from summer workouts. In fact, earlier this week he made a huge statement, running a blazing fast 4.41 40-yard dash.
Scouts knew Coley was a smooth route runner who looked natural catching the ball in high school. He showed explosiveness off the line of scrimmage and with the ball in his hands, but most didn’t think he had truly elite speed. Perhaps they were wrong.
New offensive coordinator James Coley tried to hide his enthusiasm about his namesake, but it was evident that the Canes’ staff is excited about what they have in Coley. When asked about how the freshman has looked, coach Coley said, “He’s learning, has a way to go, but as far as talent, it’s there.”
Miami has great depth at wide receiver with veteran players like Phillip Dorsett, Allen Hurns and Rashawn Scott coming back, but Coley could be the most talented of the bunch. He has the size, speed and acceleration that will likely earn him playing time early in the season if he can learn the playbook.
If nothing else, Coley could be used in the return game because of his natural abilities. With Duke Johnson carrying much of the load at running back, it’s unlikely he will return as many kicks as he did as a freshman. Coley could be used to give Johnson a break on special teams, but something tells me that he’ll be in the Hurricanes’ huddle sooner rather than later.
Continue to check in with Rant Sports for further updates on Coley and other Hurricanes as fall camp heats up this week.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.