Having battled injuries much of last season, Allen Hurns is the leading returning receiver and he is ready to lead this team full of young wide outs and have a productive season. Hurns was the number one target over the course of the first few games but his production tailed off as injuries began to slow his progress. He even had to miss the entire spring rehabbing an injured shoulder. But those setbacks are behind him now.
"I feel great, I'm fully healthy cleared to do everything with the team so I'm feeling great and ready to get out there and compete."
As Hurns sat down at times last season and all this past spring, he learned a great deal. Mentally, the fact that he was not able to compete was the toughest part, he says, of being injured. But he spent his idle time trying to improve in the best ways he knew how, he dove into the academic aspects of the game.
"I took mental reps and I watched film on Rashawn Scott and Phillip Dorsett and I learned a lot from that."
Hurns likes what he saw out of Scott especially. "He was very consistent," he says of the true sophomore's spring performance.
Now, it's a matter of getting back to what he loves best. Sitting out the spring only made Allen Hurns a much hungrier player. And that's good news for the Miami Hurricanes.
"When you go through something like that, it motivates you to push harder. I was doing therapy every day, stretching my arm out and doing bands to strengthen [his injured shoulder]."
The Canes are thin at receiver this upcoming year and Hurns is expected to improve upon his 31 catch 415 yard performance from a year ago when he caught four touchdown receptions. He'll get some nudging by true freshmen like Malcolm Lewis and others who are already on campus impressing in drills this summer.
"Competition brings out the best in you, you have people that push you everyday."
As far as his goals for the upcoming season, they are simple. To stay healthy and become one of the top receivers in the ACC. If he becomes a great play maker, the former Carrol City High School Chief will provide a much needed boost of electricity to the Hurricane 2012 offense.