Henry Parrish shows versatility in Miami Hurricanes spring game

Oct 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports /

Mississippi transfer running back Henry Parrish has been impressive for the Miami Hurricanes this spring. With returning starter Jaylan Knighton out with an injury and Don Chaney Jr. continuing to rehab from a torn ACL, Parrish has had an opportunity to assert himself to become the first team RB for Miami this fall.

On Saturday Parrish and rising sophomore, Thad Franklin were the only two scholarship RBs Miami had. Rising Cody Brown announced his intention to enter the transfer portal only a few days before the Spring Game. Miami is also awaiting the arrival of 2022 four-star RB signee TreVonte’ Citizen this summer.

Parrish showed the ability to run inside or outside and his prowess as a receiver in the Spring Game. Sharing the carries with Franklin and walkon Devon Perry, Parrish had eight carries for 38 yards and two touchdowns and added three receptions for 32 yards. The 70 yards from scrimmage led Miami on Saturday.

Parrish had a 21-yard run and a 16-yard reception for his longest gains in the spring game. Miami struggled last season in short yardage. Parrish showed his ability in short yardage with one and two-yard TD runs. The production that Parrish showed this spring put him in a good position to be the first-team RB this fall.

Henry Parrish two TD runs in Spring Game

Also helping Parrish is that he joined his RB coach at Mississippi, Kevin Smith at Miami. Parrish returned home to Miami in his transfer from Mississippi. The former Columbus High School star shares his alum status with Miami head coach Mario Cristobal. The competition for carries for Miami will be fierce this fall.

The RB room will be very different in August with Chaney and Knighton healthy and highly touted freshman Citizen on campus. If the Miami Hurricanes can stay healthy they will have a deep RB corps this fall. In 2021 Knighton had the majority of carries following the injury to Chaney and Cam’Ron Harris who left for the NFL Draft.

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Parrish ran for 816 yards averaging 5.1 yards per carry and three TDs with 28 receptions for 232 yards in two seasons at Mississippi. The versatlity and toughness Parrish provides the Miami backfield should be a boost to the Hurricanes’ offense in 2022. Expect Parrish to be a big contributor for Miami in 2022.