WEST PALM BEACH — UM’s No. 1 wide receiver, Stacy Coley suffered a right hamstring injury in Miami’s open scrimmage Saturday at Oxbridge Academy.
“Everything went well on the injury front, other than, obviously, Coley,” coach Mark Richt said in review of the scrimmage. “It looked like he tweaked his hamstring. I don’t think it’s too severe.”
Miami hopes not. Coley, who caught 47 passes for 689 yards and four touchdowns last year, is UM’s leading returning receiver by a long shot. He has been head and shoulders above others this spring.
He caught two Brad Kaaya passes for 87 yards in the scrimmage. He made the first big play of the day when he beat Sheldrick Redwine for a 40-yard catch on an expertly thrown ball. On his second catch later in the first half, he turned UM’s other starting cornerback, Corn Elder, inside-out and caught a 47-yard pass. He was tackled and clutched his right hamstring. After he laid on the ground for about a minute, he was helped off the field and wore an ice wrap on the injury for the rest of the game.
No UM players were available for comment afterward.
“Stacy’s had a great spring so far. I’m sad that that happened to him,” Richt said. “He’s really played well. He’s a guy that’s been a playmaker for this team for a while now, not just since I’ve been here. He’s a very good football player. He’s been very coachable and teachable. I’m sorry that that happened to him.”
In UM’s first scrimmage, which was held on campus last Saturday, Coley caught four passes for a team-best 94 yards and a touchdown.