The Miami Hurricanes lost their leading receiver this week, as Tommy Streeter signed with an agent and declared for the NFL Draft. DT and former high school teammate Marcus Forston will leave with him, having declared a day later.
UM's 2012 offense takes a major hit with Streeter's announcement. He caught 46 passes for 811 yards and 8 touchdowns. His 17.6 per-yard average was the best in the ACC, and he became QB Jacory Harris' favorite target thanks to his size and ability to catch nearly any ball thrown his way.
Streeter was a surprise breakout in 2011, having spent the previous two seasons and a redshirt year under the thumb of former coach Randy Shannon. But with Al Golden on the sideline, Streeter made a mark.
Another season in college would have helped his draft stock. However, he is very tall and exceptionally fast, two key traits NFL Scouts drool over. A good performance at the NFL Combine in the winter may make him an intriguing sleeper pick.
The Canes will miss him though, having also lost second-leading receiver Travis Benjamin to graduation. The team returns only two veteran WRs in 2012: current freshman Philip Dorsett and sophomore Allen Hurns.
Forston is more of a surprise to go, having suffered a season-ending knee injury early this season. He also missed most of his 2009 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Forston leaves UM with 60 tackles, 7 sacks and an interception. 17.5 of his tackles were for loss. He is less of a crucial piece than Streeter, but Miami was thin in depth on the defensive line in 2011. Losing Forston only compounds that problem moving forward.
But neither loss would be so bad for the Canes than the potential exit of RB Lamar Miller. Having rushed for 1,272 yards in 2011, he is rated the second-best back potentially available in the draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper.
Miami will regret seeing Streeter and Forston finish their Canes careers early, but if Miller declares early the offense may not recover in 2012.