MIami Hurricanes expect Cam Harris to raise level in 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 19:. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 19:. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

After backing up DeeJay Dallas in 2019, Cam’Ron Harris is ready to ascend to become the Miami Hurricanes lead running back in 2020.

In two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes, Cam’Ron Harris has rushed for 742 yards, averaging 5.22 yards per carry with six touchdowns. Harris has proven to be equally adept out of the backfield. The rising junior had 19 receptions for 142 yards and two receiving TDs as a collegian.

Harris is up to 200 pounds on his 5’10 frame and looks thicker than last season according to reports during the four spring practices Miami was able to have in March. New offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is impressed with what he has seen with Harris. Harris will have to be a leader in a mostly young Miami RB unit.

Redshirt junior Robert Burns helps provide stability, but behind him and Harris are true freshman Jaylan Knighton and Don Chaney Jr. Harris is likely to be leaned on heavily by Miami, especially early in the season. The time that Lashlee had on the field with Harris and the other Hurricanes RBs will prove valuable.

Lashlee will not have to go into training camp later this summer without knowing what to expect. Chaney was out with an injury in March, but Harris, Burns and Knighton all had a chance to show Lashlee their skills during the abbreviated spring practice. Lashlee spoke to Miami beat reporters on a conference call in May.

"“He’s an experienced, big physical guy…He runs downhill behind his pads. I know he’s working extremely hard. He seemed like a really tough kid the four days I was with him on the field. He’s definitely a guy we’re hoping can (rise) to the next level this year.”"

Harris proved he can be the lead back with six games last season in double-digit carries. Like many RBs, Davis often performed better games with 10 or more carries. Harris had 77 carries for 403 yards and four TDs in those games. Harris added eight receptions for 87 yards and another TD in those same six games.

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Harris had even more impressive numbers against the ACC in 2019. As a sophomore, Harris ran for 394 yards on six yards per carry and three TDs and added seven receptions for 53 yards and another TDs. Against Miami’s most familiar opponents, Harris raised his level or play. Expect a breakout season from Harris in 2020.