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UM coaches confident Stacy Coley will shake early slump

Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Stacy Coley (3) drives past Louisville Cardinals punter Ryan Johnson (8) after a punt in the first half as the University of Miami Hurricanes play the University of Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Stacy Coley (3) drives past Louisville Cardinals punter Ryan Johnson (8) after a punt in the first half as the University of Miami Hurricanes play the University of Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami Hurricanes receiver Stacy Coley was one of the most electrifying freshmen in the country last season, rolling up more than 1,461 all-purpose yards and scoring three different ways.

That hasn’t been the case this season. He has caught just six passes for 31 yards and has yet to produce a return longer than 29 yards.

Although a shoulder injury has slowed Coley (he missed the Arkansas State game because of it), offensive coordinator James Coley said this week the 6-1, 185-pound former standout at Oakland Park Northeast High “has to get back to getting uncovered in his routes” to become more effective in the passing game.

“Guys have to get open to get the ball,” Coley said. “I think certain things we asked Stacy to do they did a great job taking it away.”

Coley was targeted only three times at Nebraska and has been targeted just 11 times total this season.

▪ Coley said running back Duke Johnson will continue to get the same workload he’s been receiving – even after his costly fumble at Nebraska.

“He made a lot of big plays in that game as well,” Coley said. “He had over 170 yards or something and made tons of plays. I told him to keep his head up. He’s going to have those same opportunities every week because he’s a great player. He’s very conscious of ball security.”

▪ As expected, Miami announced on its injury report Thursday offensive lineman Alex Gall (back), receiver Rashawn Scott (shoulder) and kicker Matt Goudis (back) will miss Saturday’s game against Duke.

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