The Miami Hurricanes have only played two games thus far due to Hurricane Irma despite heading into week 5 of the college football season. Star WR Ahmmon Richards hasn’t played in either of the first two Miami games due to a hamstring injury that clearly was far more serious than initially thought. The sophomore wideout injured his hamstring in the last week of training camp and at first was though to only miss the Bethune-Cookman game.
Fast forward several weeks and weather reports and a team displacement later and Richards was still not healthy enough to be cleared to play against Toledo. Now head coach Mark Richt expects his pre season first team All-ACC receiver to finally be available for Friday night’s game against Duke.
“Ahmmon practiced [Sunday] night and he looked good,” Richt said. “We didn’t do a lot on a Sunday, but he seems to be doing fine. My guess is he’ll be ready to go.”
With Richards potentially back in the line-up it will give Malik Rosier his best receiver to go alongside a unit that has played pretty well to start the season.
What about Mark Walton? He turned an ankle in the win vs. Toledo, but came back and ended up with 204 yards rushing. Here’s what Richt had to say about his star RB.
“His ankle, I think, will be fine. We didn’t practice him [Sunday], we don’t practice today. He’ll get a lot of treatment today and we expect him to practice [Tuesday]. Yeah, he’s got a lot of heart. I’ve said in the past, he’s one of the best total football players I’ve been around. As a runner, he’s obviously got great running skills. He can run with power, he has agility, vision, he can help pass protect, he can run routes, catch the ball. He can be one of our best kick coverage guys. He’s our starting guard on the punt team. The guy is really a good player and he loves the game. I’m proud of him.
“I didn’t realize he had 199 [yards] and I was ready to take him out. But somebody flashed it up on one of those scoreboards in the stadium, and he’s like, ‘Please, Coach, let me carry it one more time.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, if you promise not to get hurt.’ When you get to 199, you have to get to 200.”
You have to love the competitiveness of Walton, wanting to cross the 200 yard threshold. If the Canes come in with all their guns, they should be able to handle the Duke Blue Devils on the road. Right now it looks good that they finally will have all their weapons.