Braxton Berrios: There’s ‘always an answer’ in Mark Richt’s offense

SOUTH MIAMI — Count Braxton Berrios among those excited about Mark Richt becoming the brains behind the Hurricanes’ offense.

Braxton Berrios speaks during a community event in South Miami. (Matt Porter)

Braxton Berrios speaks during a community event in South Miami. (Matt Porter)

“Historically I’ve heard he’s one of the best offensive play-callers there are. I can start to see why,” Berrios said.

“Just his scheme and the way he does things, the route combinations. There’s always an answer, it seems like. I think that’s going to be true on Saturdays in the fall, too. It seems like there’s always an answer.

“He calls the right plays in the right situations. He leaves it up to us to execute, obviously, but it seems like he’s always putting us in the best situation possible. That’s a great thing, and not usual.”

Berrios said coaches challenged him to improve on his spring, which ended with an eight-catch, 147-yard performance in the spring game.

“They thought I had a really good spring, as did I,” said Berrios, who is 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds. “That was my best spring yet, which is good. There’s a lot of things I need to improve on. I don’t need to go into detail about everything. More stuff than they told me, that I believe I need to improve on. Everything’s a work in progress. Summer’s the best time for it – all those details. That’s the main thing. Small details, little things — which are the difference between winning a game and losing a game.”

UM’s veteran wide receivers are training at several roles in Richt’s offense. Stacy Coley said he’s playing the Z (flanker) and Y (slot). Malcolm Lewis plays both, too. Berrios said he’s at the X (split end), Y and Z. Ahmmon RichardsLawrence Cager and Darrell Langham are X’s. Dayall Harris is a Z for now.

“Looking good,” Berrios said of Richards and Harris, the newcomers. “We’ve only had a limited time with them, especially outside where we can actually see stuff. But they look good. They’re just starting to learn everything, what we do, how we do it, so there’s a learning curve there. But body-wise, athletically, they look like good ballplayers.”

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