BOCA RATON — Darrell Langham has spent three seasons at the University of Miami, catching many games on the sidelines but not catching a single pass.
He also caught Ahmmon Richards stepping in as a freshman last season, starting 11 games and making 49 receptions for 934 yards (a 19.1 average) and three touchdowns.
This spring, coaches have been imploring Langham, from Santaluces High, to put his 6-foot-4, 220-pound body to better use, especially against smaller defensive backs.
Saturday, he did just that, making eight catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the final spring scrimmage.
He showed that contested catches are not a problem, as he outwrestled 6-1 defensive back Ryan Mayes for a 4-yard TD pass from Cade Weldon. Langham also made a nice adjustment, diving for a 6-yard touchdown reception from Jack Allison.
“Langham, he’s a bully on the field, honestly,” Richards said. “Any 50-50 ball, he’s going to come down with it. He made a huge jump and he’ll be no surprise to everyone this year.”
Langham: “This spring I had to really push myself do better and actually just explode this year. Had to do more.”
Step 1, coaches were saying, was just look in the mirror and realize how much of a weapon size can be.
“I’m told every day I have to use my body to to get between the ball and the corner or the safety,” Langham said. “I push myself to do that every day but I have to do that more.”