Miami football loses DeeJay Dallas in first half vs. Georgia Tech

The Miami football team lost leading rusher DeeJay Dallas for the game with a knee injury in the first half against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

DeeJay Dallas exited the game for the Miami football team on Saturday against Georgia Tech following a five-yard run in the first quarter and did not return. Dallas led the Hurricanes with 473 rushing yards, 555 yards from scrimmage, six rushing TDs and seven TDs overall in 2019 entering Saturday’s game. Cam Harris relieved Dallas.

Harris did an exceptional job in the relief of Dallas. The sophomore running back ran for over 100 yards and added over 30 yards receiving. Miami was already missing junior wide receiver Jeff Thomas who was suspended. Dallas initially took over punt return duties from the former East St. Louis Flyer.

K.J. Osborn took over on punt returns when Dallas excited the game. Miami was banged up throughout the game. Starting quarterback N’Kosi Perry left the game but later returned with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Cornerback Trajan Bandy was out with a knee injury and linebacker Michael Pinckney injured his shoulder.

Miami was already thin at RB before Dallas excited the game with the knee injury. Sophomore RB Loreno Lingard decided to redshirt this season after his slow recovery from a torn ACL suffered in 2018. The Hurricanes are now down to Harris and redshirt sophomore Robert Burns at running back.

Burns did not carry the ball against Georgia Tech. The Miami native has only five carries for 32 yards this season. All of that came against FCS Bethune-Cookman in a 63-0 victory in September. Losing a key player like Dallas affects the entire Miami football roster. Harris can fill in well but he has to carry the load.

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Once Dallas went out, Harris was the only running back that carried the ball for the Hurricanes. It will take a few years for Manny Diaz to rebuild the depth throughout the roster at every position. The running back depth will be bolstered in 2020 with the return of Lingard and the addition of freshman Don Cheney Jr.

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