An unheralded but productive piece of Miami’s passing puzzle has suddenly seen his availability for the postseason become uncertain.
According to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, wide receiver Herb Waters was “seen on crutches” during Tuesday’s practice session while wearing a light brace on his right knee. While Porter tweeted that Waters “[w]as putting weight on the leg,” it was the second consecutive practice that the sophomore has missed.
Head coach Al Golden did not speak to the media following practice, and the school has not offered any updates on the status of Waters for Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl game against Louisville.
Waters is currently third on the team in receiving yards (406) and receiving touchdowns (five), while he’s fourth in receptions (28).
The good news if Waters is unavailable is that Phillip Dorsett should be at or near 100 percent. Dorsett, the Hurricanes’ leading receiver in 2012, missed five games with a torn MCL suffered in mid-October. He returned in limited action for the regular-season finale, and his performance during the run-up to the postseason game has been viewed as “a good sign” to Golden.