Walk-on earns first-team spot with Miami Hurricanes

08/13/2014 7:27 PM

09/08/2014 8:05 PM

Ronnie Regula is walking tall these days.

Regula, listed as a 6-2, 240-pound senior walk-on out of Miami Palmetto High, is wearing a first-team orange jersey as a fullback for the Hurricanes.

“It means a lot to me because this has always been my dream school, and I’ve always wanted to play here,’’ Regula said, adding that he also plays tight end and long snapper. “Just trying to see the field as much as I can. This is my last season.

“I don’t really consider myself a walk-on — the guys have taken me in and the coaches have taken me in.’’

Regula practiced on the scout team last season and played some fullback against Savannah State. He lettered on the kick return special teams for playing in nine games.

HOME RUN DERBY

The Hurricanes took Tuesday off before Wednesday’s closed scrimmage but stayed active with a home run derby at Greentree Field.

Judging by a 2 1/2 minute video produced by UM, the Canes should stick to football, though a couple made nice contact. No one, however, came close to the impressive form of Malik Rosier, the Hurricanes’ true freshman quarterback who also will play baseball for Miami.

Rosier looked great at the plate, connecting for a boomer as his mesmerized teammates followed the ball’s trajectory.

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