New Miami Hurricanes WR Dayall Harris on his skills, role in Mark Richt’s offense

CORAL GABLES — Wide receiver Dayall Harris, a junior college transfer who started his college career at Mississippi, is rooming with cornerback Adrian Colbert, formerly of Texas. They’re getting along well, being that they’re both older players who have previous college experience and are thankful for their fresh starts.

But there’s a little rivalry brewing between them, as is natural between receiver and cornerback.

“He was looking pretty good yesterday in 7-on-7,” Harris said last week, as Miami took a break from summer classes and workouts to visit Carver Elementary in Coral Gables. “But they were playing zone. When they get in man, we’ll see.”

Dayall Harris speaks last week as UM players visited Carver Elementary in Coral Gables. (Matt Porter)

Dayall Harris talks with a reporter as UM players visited Carver Elementary in Coral Gables. (Matt Porter)

Harris, a former four-star recruit who signed with Ole Miss in 2014, hasn’t played in a college game. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound redshirt sophomore, he believes he will be a good fit for Miami’s offense — which is good, because UM needs him.

“I’m more of an end-zone threat, a long body,” said Harris, who was assigned No. 80. “You’ve got Stacy [Coley], a burner who’ll outrun you. I can outrun you, but I prefer to go over you.”

Harris had a clear-cut reason for choosing the Hurricanes.

“I picked Miami because they had five scholarship receivers,” he said. “Once I heard that, I knew I could come in and play right away. No doubt about it. That was my No. 1.

“And just look,” he said, gesturing toward a sunny, humid May afternoon sky. “The weather.”

He said coaches are “expecting me to step up and lead right away. In weight training, they expect me to already know some of the workouts and not just fold up like a freshman, you feel me? I’ve been vibing with the coaches. I have high expectations for them, and high expectations for myself.”

His first 7-on-7 session went “pretty good,” he said. “I had a couple catches. It was more adjusting and going full-speed learning the plays and recognizing coverages.”

As he becomes comfortable in Mark Richt‘s offense, Harris said he was lining up at ‘Z’, or flanker, in 7-on-7 drills, while freshman Ahmmon Richards took the ‘X’, or split end (furthest away from the tight end). Coley switches between the ‘Z’ and ‘Y’, or the slot. Braxton Berrios plays the ‘Y,’ but can move around as well.

“I just know I can learn a lot from those guys,” Harris said. “Looking at Braxton, they had Braxton in the slot, then he came outside. I was like, what’s this little dude doing outside? But, it’s just a sense of how dynamic the receivers are. You can put them outside and inside.”

He caught passes from four UM quarterbacks — Brad KaayaJack AllisonEvan Shirreffs and Malik Rosier — and said Kaaya was the most impressive.

“He’s pretty good. He’s got a pretty nice arm,” Harris said. Asked if he gets the ball in on time, Harris replied, “Every time.”

* In addition to Harris, Coley, Berrios and Richards (who enrolled May 16), UM has Malcolm Lewis, Lawrence Cager and Darrell Langham. Freshmen Sam Bruce and Dionte Mullins are expected to arrive in June.






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