Miami coach Mark Richt on Braxton Berrios: ‘He’s been awesome’

One of the biggest stories for the Miami Hurricanes during their undefeated start this season has been the emergence of senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios.

And never was that more evident than in the Hurricanes’ comeback victory at Florida State on Saturday, when Berrios caught 8 passes for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns in the thrilling 24-20 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“He’s been awesome,” Miami coach Mark Richt said on the ACC coaches teleconference on Monday. “I mean, really and truly, as it was happening, it was pretty awesome, but then after the fact and watching the tape and even watching some TV copy of it, you can just see what a gutsy performance it was and really what a dominating performance it was. Guys that are 5-feet-9-inches and 180 or whatever he weighs, usually they can’t dominate a game the way he did against an elite opponent. But I thought it was pretty spectacular, actually.”

Berrios was named the ACC’s Receiver of the Week following his performance at Florida State. He became the first Miami player to catch a touchdown pass in each of his first four games of the season since Reggie Wayne in 2000 and the first player with a touchdown catch in five consecutive games since Leonard Hankerson in 2010.

A 5-foot-9, 186-pounder from Raleigh, N.C., Berrios has been a difference-maker for the Hurricanes this season, especially with standout Ahmmon Richards missing two of the first four games because of a hamstring injury.

Berrios entered his senior season with 45 receptions for 496 yards and 5 touchdowns in 37 career games, including 7 starts. But through the first four games of 2017, the diminutive wide receiver leads Miami with 18 receptions for 282 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Berrios was a 3-star prospect who was rated as the 61st-best wide receiver in the Class of 2014, by Scout.com, and he signed and enrolled early at Miami after also taking official visits to Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Now, four years after arriving at Miami, he’s been one of the driving forces in the Hurricanes’ 4-0 start.

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