From the moment he stepped on campus, it was clear that Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Ahmmon Richards would be one of the pass catchers in college football.
His plethora of natural talent and penchant for making big plays has landed the junior receiver on the preseason 2018 Biletnikoff Award watch list, it was announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Thursday.
The Biletnikoff Award, named for Pro Football and College Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff, is awarded to the most outstanding FBS receiver in college football.
Richards burst onto the college scene in 2016, besting Michael Irvin’s University of Miami freshman record for receiving yards. Richards was named a consensus Freshman All-American and was also an All-ACC selection in 2016.
A hamstring injury slowed Richards in 2017. Battling through the pain, Richards appeared in eight games and totaled 439 receiving yards and three touchdowns. In his 21 games with the Hurricanes, Richards has totaled 73 catches for 1,373 yards and six scores.
Serving as one of UM’s student-athlete representatives at the recent 2018 ACC Kickoff event, the expectation is for the 6-foot-1 Richards to have a breakout season this fall – settling into the role as Miami’s unquestioned No. 1 receiver.
If the Canes can get consistent quarterback play, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Richards could become the first UM receiver to win the award, which will be awarded on December 6 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.
The preseason honor is the second for Richards, who was also named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award (college football’s player of the year) earlier this week.