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Not long after Richt announces retirement, UM’s top running back declares for NFL Draft

Miami Hurricanes running back Travis Homer (24) attempts to stay in bounds as Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Orr (54) makes the stop in the first quarter as the Miami Hurricanes play against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y. on Thursday, December 27, 2018.
Miami Hurricanes running back Travis Homer (24) attempts to stay in bounds as Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Orr (54) makes the stop in the first quarter as the Miami Hurricanes play against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y. on Thursday, December 27, 2018. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Less than a half hour after the University of Miami announced that head football coach Mark Richt will be retiring, the Hurricanes received another dose of breaking news.

Junior running back Travis Homer is forgoing his senior season and declaring for the NFL Draft.

Homer finished his junior season with a team-best 985 rushing yards — the eighth-best mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference — and four rushing touchdowns. He finished his collegiate career with 1,995 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Homer is the first Hurricanes underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft, but joins a strong senior class that includes defensive tackle Gerald Willis, safety Jaquan Johnson and cornerback Michael Jackson among others who hope to hear their names called during the three-day NFL Draft that runs from April 25-27.

Players have until Jan. 14 to declare for the draft.

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Jordan McPherson covers the Miami Marlins and high school sports for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and covered the Gators athletic program for five years before joining the Herald staff in December 2017.


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