In Miami’s rise to prominence, people are pouring positive attention on the Hurricanes.
Announcers have praised quarterback Malik Rosier for his grit and guts. Darrell Langham is Mr. Clutch. One of the many Hurricanes who have worn the Turnover Chain, cornerback Michael Jackson, was called one of the best cornerbacks in the country last week by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
Receiver Braxton Berrios was told Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly called him “the engine” of Miami’s offense.
“That’s an honor to hear it from him,” Berrios said. “That’s awesome. I can’t say that I’m an engine but I’m definitely part of the engine. I’m definitely an accelerating force.”
Kelly, like most opposing coaches lately, didn’t say anything Ahmmon Richards.
The former freshman All-American, from Wellington High, entered his second year with sky-high expectations but has had a quiet season: 17 catches for 341 yards and a touchdown. He admitted it has been frustrating dealing with injuries, which include a season-long issue with his hamstring and an ankle injury in early October.
“Yeah, but at the end of the day, we’re 8-0,” he said. “As long as we’re winning, that’s all that really matters.”
Has he been limited by an injury in every game this year?
“I think so. I’m pretty sure.”
How is he doing now?
“I’m feeling better,” he said. “I’m still coming along, injury-wise. But I’m all right.”
He said he’s ready to go for this game. Maybe this week will be the week he has one of those big games, the type that helped him break Michael Irvin’s 31-year-old UM record for receiving yards by a true freshman. Maybe this is the week the seventh-ranked Hurricanes topple the third-ranked Irish, and climb even higher in the College Football Playoff rankings.
“I don’t think people fully believe in us yet,” Richards said, “but that’s for us to go out and prove them wrong.”
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