The Hurricanes had a closed walk-through session with no player availability Thursday, but Miami running backs coach Tim “Ice’’ Harris went on 560 WQAM radio to discuss his tailbacks.
In keeping with the no-one-is-a-starter-yet theme, Harris told host Joe Rose “it’s a little too early’’ to name a starter and that “everyone has been rotating’’ with the first and second teams.
“Even with everything going the way it has, Harris said, referring to Gus Edwards’ bruised foot, “we’re in a great place in the running back room. The competition is really bringing out the best in all of them.’’
Harris said the 6-2, 240-pound Edwards, often used in short-yardage situations, is now looked at as “an every-down back.’’
The coach said true freshman Mark Walton, who ran for 1,472 yards and 22 touchdowns last season at Miami Booker T. Washington High, has been “stepping in and showing the older guys he’s come here to make a difference.
“He really has embraced learning from the older guys. …The way he competes is uplifting.’’
The other tailbacks are sophomores Joe Yearby (509 yards and a touchdown rushing in 2014) and Trayone Gray (24 yards and a touchdown).