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The receivers: Miami still looking for another influx from speed for its team

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It didn’t take Miami coach Mark Richt very long to find one of his team’s shortcomings.

Where, for goodness sake, did all of the speed go?

Time was, the Hurricanes had an assembly line ready for the NFL. Michael Irvin. Andre Johnson. Reggie Wayne. Devin Hester. Others. Hurricane receivers, they said, left skid marks. You could find them in the end zone, celebrating.

Now, Richt says he needs that explosion to return. Soon would be good.

Here they are, then, the Hurricanes top 10 receivers:

10. Horace Copeland (1990-1992): Copeland caught 84 passes for 1,424 yards while at UM. Knee injuries halted his NFL career.

9. Allen Hurns (2010-2013): Already off to a good start with Blake Bortles in Jacksonville. He had 121 catches for 1,891 yards.

8. Kellen Winslow (2001-2003): A fast, intense tight end. Winslow caught 119 passes for 1,365 yards.

7. Randal Hill (1987-1990): Thrill Hill, they called him. He caught 107 passes for 1,643 yards.

6. Lamar Thomas (1989-1992): Thomas caught 144 passes for 2271 yards and 23 scores.

5. Santana Moss (1997-2000): Moss finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting. He caught 143 passes for 2,587 yards.

4. Eddie Brown (1983-1984): Brown caught 89 balls for 1,757 yards before being taken No. 1 by the Bengals.

3. Reggie Wayne (1997-2000): One of Peyton Manning‘s favorite targets. Wayne caught 173 passes for 2,510 yards.

2. Andre Johnson (2000-2002): Johnson caught 92 passes for 1,831 yards.

1. Michael Irvin (1985-1987): The NFL Hall of Famer caught 143 passes for 2,423 yards.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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