University of Miami

UM remains committed to run game despite struggles

UM’s Joe Yearby fights for a short gain against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
UM’s Joe Yearby fights for a short gain against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. AP

The Miami Hurricanes rank 13th of 14 Atlantic Coast Conference teams in rushing offense — 115th nationally.

Averaging 123.2 rushing yards a game, Miami will face a Georgia Tech run defense Saturday that is 12th in the ACC, allowing 171.7 yards a game.

Sophomore Joe Yearby leads UM with 793 yards and five touchdowns, a strong 5.1-yard-per-carry average. Next is freshman Mark Walton with 383 yards (3.9 per touch) and six touchdowns.

“The bottom line is to stay consistent and continuing to drive home the point to the guys up front that we are going to stick with it,” UM interim coach Larry Scott said. “I’ve been part of games where we couldn’t move it a lick and late in the third and fourth quarter a couple runs start to pop.”

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