Having a surplus of talent at a position lends itself to losing players that find themselves slipping down the depth chart.
Wide receiver is easily one of the Miami Hurricanes’ deepest position groups going into the 2018 season, which is why it came as no surprise when the school announced that redshirt senior Dayall Harris has decided to leave the football program.
Miami head coach Mark Richt said he encouraged Harris to explore his options.
“Dayall and I talked, and we decided that was in his best interests to graduate this summer and pursue opportunities for more playing time at another school,” Richt said in the school’s release.
“We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver former 4-star prospect transferred to Miami before the 2016 season after a quick stint at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. In his two seasons with the Hurricanes, Harris could never truly break out – especially given his size – only totaling 19 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Harris would’ve been scrounging for playing time again in 2018.
Aside from clear-cut No. 1 receiver, junior Ahmmon Richards, and the talented handful of slot receivers – Jeff Thomas, Mike Harley and incoming freshman Mark Pope – Harris was behind fellow big-bodied receivers Lawrence Cager (6-foot-5, 218 pounds) and Darrell Langham (6-foot-4, 220 pounds).
Canes wide receivers coach Ron Dugans will also be trying to find snaps for early enrollee receivers Daquris Wiggins and Brian Hightower, who flashed during UM’s spring game with 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches.
Because Harris is scheduled to graduate from Miami during its Summer Session B, he will be eligible to play right away wherever he goes.
“I would like to thank my Hurricanes teammates and coaches for all of their help and support during my time here,” Harris said. “I am proud to be getting my degree from Miami and I’m excited to see what the future holds for me.”