As most expected, the University of Miami will be without receivers Braxton Berrios (left knee) and Stacy Coley (left hamstring) when the Hurricanes play at FAU on Friday night.
“We knew Braxton was out going into [Wednesday morning], just wanted to see where Stacy was before we released it,” UM coach Al Golden said. “[If Coley were] close, maybe he would have an outside shot, but I’d say he’s out right now.”
The injuries leave the Hurricanes with seven healthy scholarship receivers for the game. At the top of the list: fifth-year senior Rashawn Scott, who paced UM with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in the 45-0 season-opening win over Bethune-Cookman. Redshirt junior Malcolm Lewis, listed as third string behind Coley and Berrios at slot receiver, is expected to see a lot more playing time on Friday.
UM receivers coach Kevin Beard said he was disappointed with the receivers as a group last week. The unit dropped five passes in the opener, a sore point for the first-year assistant and former Hurricanes receiver.
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“All those balls were catchable,” Beard said. “They were on third-down or second-and-long situations. We’re expected to make those plays.”