One of the reasons the Miami Hurricanes finished the season with their longest winning streak in years and first bowl win in a decade was the play of several freshmen on both sides of the ball. Two of those players because of their play last year have tremendous expectations going into their sophomore campaigns. WR. Ahmmon Richards and LB Shaq Quarterman will be entering 2017 as leaders expecting to perform at a high level.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald caught up with several Hurricanes at a community event. Both Quarterman and Richards spoke about what is to be expected this season.
Here’s Quarterman on looking to be a first team All-American.
“I shoot for that this year…I don’t want there to be any dropoff from freshman all-American to regular all-American. That’s what I’m gunning for and I’m going to get it.”
Last season Quarterman won the starting middle linebacker position. He had a tremendous season, with 85 tackles, which was second on the team. He also had 10 TFL and 3.5 sacks. There is no question defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and the rest of the Hurricanes staff have high expectations this year. Luckily, so does Quarterman.
On the other side of the ball, WR Ahmmon Richards may be facing even greater pressure. Last season the freshman wideout broke Michael Irving’s freshman record with 934 yards on 49 receptions. Those types of numbers will no doubt need to be eclipsed in his second season in Coral Gables.
Here’s Richards on his feeling heading into his sophomore season.
“It feels great to have a whole year under your belt…I arrived Jan. 10 last year. This Jan. 10 I felt like a whole new man.”
As you can see both players who arrived early to school before their Freshman year have benefited greatly, getting that extra Spring practice in before fall camps.
If the Hurricanes are going to make it over the hum and finally win the ACC Coastal division, Richards and Quarterman will have to even have better seasons than they did a year ago. It’s a challenge, but knowing this coaching staff, they have everything in place to prepare for success.