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Berrios Shines Against FSU

By Jim Johnson
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In a rivalry bred by familiarity, with both Miami and Florida State's roster littered with players from the talent rich football hotbed of south Florida, it was a an outsider that made all the difference.

In a rivalry bred by familiarity, with both Miami and Florida State's roster littered with players from the talent rich football hotbed of south Florida, it was a an outsider that made all the difference.

Braxton Berrios, a former four-star prospect from Raleigh, North Carolina, has been a contributor in each of his three seasons at Miami, but never in any more than a reserve role.

Over the first three games of 2017, Berrios started to display small doses of stardom, but not enough to earn that sort of distinction. Today, he did.

Berrios' freshman campaign was actually the best of his first three years. He caught 21 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns, in 2014.

He missed a handful of games due to injury, as a sophomore, finishing with 12 receptions for 86 yards.

His junior season, in 2016, was underwhelming as well, again with 12 catches, this time for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Already, in 2017, through four games, he has surpassed the production of any prior year, 2014 included.

Berrios entered the Florida State game as Malik Rosier's most targeted receiver, and deservedly so.

The senior had 13 balls thrown his way, over the first three contests, catching 10 of them. His 76.9% catch rate was tops amongst 'Canes receivers with more than five targets.

Much more than just a safety valve for a freshman quarterback, however, Berrios was averaging 14.8 yards per target, twice as much as anyone else in that group, aside from Darrell Langham, with a 69.2% success rate.

This afternoon, against the vaunted Seminole secondary, regarded by many, prior to the season, to be one of the nation's best, the 5'9" wideout had the best game of his career.

He caught eight of his twelve targets, all eight of which were in the second half, a 66.7% catch rate, for 90 yards and two scores, averaging 7.5 yards per target, with a 100% success rate on his receptions -- not to mention, a 44-yard punt return to set up Miami's first touchdown of the game... a touchdown that was scored by him.

It will be fascinating to see how his role develops, now that Ahmmon Richards has been back in the lineup for a couple of weeks.

Perhaps he will start to fade in the second half of the season.

Or, more likely, Miami may have stumbled upon one of the best pass-catching duos in the ACC.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: jim@espncoastal.com Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP