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Miami’s Braxton Berrios is ACC WR of the Week

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After a clutch performance en-route to snapping a seven game losing streak against rival Florida State, Miami Hurricanes WR Braxton Berrios has been named ACC WR of the Week. Berrios had quite the game with eight catches for 90 yards and two TDs. He also had a career high 41 yard punt return which set up his first TD catch of the game as well.

Berrois has been the best target for Malik Rosier so far this season with 18 catches for 282 yards and 5 Tds. He’s the first Hurricane to catch a TD pass in his first four games since Reggie Wayne did it in 2000. Don’t want to brag, but your’s truly kind of called Berrios being one of the most important players for the Canes this season:

Braxton Berrios – WR

Berrios is by no stretch the most athletic or fastest receiver the Canes have, but he’s going to play a huge role. Obviously Ahmmon Richards is really important, as he’s one of the top receivers and pro prospects in the country. That said Berrios is likely going to play a huge part of this offense. Having a mobile QB is going to help Berrios and Berrios will help Rosier. He’s one of those smart, physical and quick receivers we see in Bill Belichick’s offense in New England. This is his senior year and he’s going to be huge on third down and other important possessions. In addition he’s listed for right now as the starting punt returner and can easily take a punt to the house at any given moment. Not the flashiest of weapons for an offense, but important enough to make this list.

His performance against the Noles makes me look like a genius, which is something rare. Trust me it’s more luck than analysis.

Head coach Mark Richt on his weekly WQAM appearance talked about Berrios (via Miami Herald): 

“The punt return, he had to be gassed a little bit. The very next play we throw the first touchdown pass of the game to him. …[And] that last drive. He had actually caught a beautiful pass on the sideline. It got knocked out of bounds. [Rosier] threw the ball a little bit late. So, he gets knocked into the bench and has got to run back up there. Now it’s third-and-10 and he’s the one that ends up catching the ball to keep it going early in the drive…

He was amazing. He practices that way every day. He leads that way. He’s been awesome. I’m just happy for the guy…”

Miami’s who’s now ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 11th in the AP will play host to Georgia Tech on Saturday. We shall see if Berrios continues his TD streak.

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