After a miserable 2019 season (6-7), Manny Diaz has redeemed himself this offseason.
Diaz has recruited tremendously, placing the Canes with the 13th best-recruiting class in the nation.
The Miami Hurricanes bring in two studs from the transfer portal; (D’Eriq King QB, Quincy Roche WDE), in addition to making necessary adjustments to the coaching staff.
The Hurricanes were left in search of a wide receivers coach after Taylor Stubblefield left Miami and took a job at Penn State.
Diaz took the time to find a qualified coach and he caught a big fish.
Rob Likens, former ASU offensive coordinator, and wide receivers coach, has been hired as the wide receivers coach for the Miami Hurricanes.
“Rob has extensive experience with fast-paced, high-octane offenses and he can serve as a great teacher and motivator to the young men in our receivers room,” said Diaz when asked about his coaching experience.
Rob Likens has 18 years of coaching experience under his belt and his previous two years of running the offense for the Sun Devils were impressive.
In 2019, ASU started true freshmen QB, Jayden Daniels. Daniels registered 2,943 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. Their best receiver, Brandon Aiyuk, had 1,192 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
The Sun Devils also finished 94th in scoring with 25.2 points per game and 88th in yards per game with 379.6. The ASU offense ranked 6th in the nation for turnover margin, with only 14 turnovers.
Aiyuk received first-team All-Pac-12 honors last season.
In 2018, ASU Quarterback, Manny Wilkens, surpassed 3,000 yards passing. Their future NFL star receiver, N’keal Harry, caught 73 passes for 1088 yards and 10 touchdowns. Harry recorded 1142 receiving yards in 2017.
Will Rob Likens Be Successful at Miami?
Likens has the resume to be successful. He coached a rising star in the NFL, and Aiyuk is also impressive.
His offense was successful at ASU, which means he can help Lashlee with the Hurricanes offense.
The wide receivers at Miami are much more talented than ASU’s receivers. Likens has receivers that can take over college football in the near future. These receivers include: Mark Pope, Jeremiah Payton, Michael Redding, Dazalin Worsham etc.
He has the tools to be successful, he just needs to execute. He will do a great job and will become Lashlee’s partner in crime. The Canes have added another weapon to their arsenal this offseason.