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Canes Fall Camp Preview: RB

Fall camp at the University of Miami is right around the corner so lets take a closer look at the team heading into it. This piece focuses on the running back position.

The best news Miami received this offseason is that all charges were dropped in Mark Walton's DUI case from the spring. He was suspended indefinitely until the matter was resolved and there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding his future status. Now, the best running back on the roster is back in action.

Sure, Joe Yearby was the main guy last season when the Canes tried replacing Duke Johnson. He did a solid job, going for over 1,000 yards and six scores on the ground and adding nearly 300 yards through the air. It was Walton, however, who took over in the spring. The talented sophomore led all of Miami's backs in receiving and scored three more touchdowns than Yearby, despite getting nearly 80 fewer carries.

Walton's strong spring came to no surprise but the return of Gus Edwards was probably the most exciting aspect of the spring for the Canes. A potential late-game grinder and short-yardage specialist, Edwards has the most experience of the group and provides a different style than both Walton and Yearby.

Trayone Gray has the best combination of size and speed of the four but he's unlikely to cut into their carries a whole lot because he hasn't been able to do so the first couple years he's been on campus.

True freshman Travis Homer might be the most physically gifted of the entire group but it won't be easy breaking into this rotation because of the amount of quality depth.

Walter Tucker, last year's starting fullback, transferred out earlier this year but the Canes are unlikely to utilize a true fullback much in Richt's new offense.


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