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A Hurricanes legend is expecting big things at the NFL Combine out of this UM receiver

Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios (8) signals a first down as the University of Miami Hurricanes host the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium on Sat., Nov. 18, 2017.
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios (8) signals a first down as the University of Miami Hurricanes host the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium on Sat., Nov. 18, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

As the NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis, one University of Miami player is receiving hype from one of the program’s all-time great players.

Reggie Wayne, UM’s career receptions leader who spent 14 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts before retiring after the 2014 season, said Thursday on the NFL Network that he is expecting Braxton Berrios to be one of the breakout wide receivers at the Combine.

“He is going to surprise a lot of people,” Wayne said. “He’s going to have a lot of pressure on him due to the small size. He’s only 5-8 and weighs 180, but he’s a tough guy. I’ve seen him work. He’s a hard worker and he can catch. That’s the biggest thing.”

Berrios had a breakout senior season for the Hurricanes, leading the team with 55 catches for 679 yards and nine touchdowns. He is being projected as a late-round draft prospect.

​Braxton Berrios speaks to the media during press conference after the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, November 4, 2017.​

Wayne compared Berrios to Danny Amendola, the New England Patriots slot receiver who came to life in the playoffs. In three postseason games, Amendola caught 26 passes for 348 yards and had a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown receptions in the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“He was steady,” Wayne said of Amendola. “That’s what you want from a guy like that, just a steady receiver that does his job and goes out there and makes plays.”

Can Berrios live up to that hype? Receivers go through on-field drills on Saturday.

Wide receiver Braxton Berrios had eight catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns – not to mention a career-long 44-yard punt return and plenty of other big plays in a 24-20 win over Florida State.

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