Five Questions to Be Answered in Miami Hurricanes Scrimmage

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 15: Joseph Yearby /
3 of 6

Depth at Running Back

Walton broke through last season to pass the now departed Joseph Yearby on the depth chart. Walton ran for 1,117 yards and added 27 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown receiving.

Behind him are major question marks. If Walton got hurt the Hurricanes could be in trouble. Travis Homer has seven career carries, Trayone Gray is coming off of a torn ACL and Freshman Robert Burns had injury problems in high school.

Homer was a four star running back out of Palm Beach entering last season. He became an ace on special teams. His limited playing time at running back has to be concerning.

Homer did carry seven times for 44 yards and a touchdown last season. It’s nearly impossible to expect Homer to average six yards per carry with the amount of playing time he could get this season.

Gray has averaged nearly six yards per carry during his career with the Miami Hurricanes. The bulk of his carries came during the 2015 season. Gray was the Hurricanes third leading rusher two seasons ago behind Yearby and Walton.

Gray has 29 carries for 169 yards and three touchdowns for the U. He had 23 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns in 2015. Gray and Homer are likely to be battling to be Walton’s primary backup.

Burns injury problems have continued in college. He suffered an injured shoulder in the spring that required surgery. The three star running back from Gulliver Prep has been wearing a green no contact jersey during training camp.