Chris Herndon, Miami’s big tight end who made even bigger plays all season long, was lost to a knee injury against Pitt last Friday. The Canes knew they would have to prepare for Clemson without his assistance.
But now, another playmaker has been sidelined with a similar injury. Sophomore wide receiver, Ahmmon Richards tore his meniscus yesterday in practice and will miss the ACC title game and any other games the Canes advance to this season. For Richards, the injury could be considered a microcosm of an already injury-riddled season. Some may even consider his second season to be somewhat of a sophomore slump.
Richards was able to pull in three touchdowns on 24 catches and 439 yards receiving this year in 8 games played. But compare that to his record setting freshman season last year where he compiled 934 yards on 49 catches in a full 13 game, injury free season and you can see why it would be hard to compare the two or even expect him to live up to such numbers. Richards will undoubtedly be back next season though, along with Malik Rosier and a young talented offense.
I would fully expect the young man to make a full recovery and make up for a “sophomore slump” with a standout type of season next year.