We didn’t catch that: Miami Hurricanes’ Ahmmon Richards says freshman year just ‘OK’?

Ahmmon Richards, shown here making a reception against Virginia, is the top freshman receiver in Miami history. (Getty Images)

Ahmmon Richards, shown here making a reception against Virginia, is the top freshman receiver in Miami history. (Getty Images)

There are words to describe Ahmmon Richards’ freshman season at the University of Miami.

Record-setting, for example. Eye-catching. Promising.

Then there’s the way Richards himself describes his opening act.

“OK.”

OK? Yes, OK is the way Richards painted a season in which he broke Michael Irvin’s record for receiving yards by a UM freshman.

Let Richards explain:

“I feel like last year was OK,” he said. “I mean, it wasn’t a season like I wanted to have. It was a good season but it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be.”

Good luck to the rest of the ACC if Richards has a sophomore season like he pictures in his dreams. For the record, Richards put up 49 receptions for 934 yards. He averaged 19.1 yards per catch, which is what happens when you make 13 catches of 20 or more yards. When he talks about improvement, perhaps the one area that wouldn’t leave you scratching your head is in touchdown receptions, because Richards had just three.

At any rate, Richards, from Wellington High, piled up honors, including making Freshman All-America and third-team All-ACC as selected by the coaches.

Richards said his outlook this spring is to “not be mediocre every day, to try to come out and work and be better than last year.”

Soon to turn 19, he said, “I feel like I have to lead more and that’s something I’m not used to, so I’m just trying to learn how to lead.”

That’s how he can make teammates better. How he can make himself a better player: “Finishing routes. Staying up and not letting one guy tackle me.”

Richards seemed to do that last season, when he wiped out Irvin’s record of 840 yards on 46 catches in 1985.

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