Georgia Tech Football vs Miami: Hurricanes lose Walton for season

DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Mark Walton
DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Mark Walton /

Georgia Tech football’s week seven opponent the Miami Hurricanes have lost their star running back for the season.

The Miami Hurricanes have lost star running back Mark Walton for the remainder of the season as the junior running back suffered a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery. For Ted Roof and his defensive staff, it’s a relief. For Miami, it’s a huge change to their gameplans for Saturday and beyond.

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So far through four games, the Yellow Jackets defense has surrendered 101.8 yards per game, which is 14th best in the country.

Walton, a Miami native hurt his ankle in the Hurricanes 24-20 victory to the Seminoles on Saturday afternoon. During his time in the game, the Seminoles kept Walton wrapped up, allowing him to pick up just 25-yards on 12-carries.

On the season, Walton rushed for 428-yards and three touchdowns on 56 carries. Entering the season, Walton was expected to be a huge part of the Miami offense after rushing for over 1,100-yards and 14 touchdowns a season ago.

Replacing Walton at running back for the ‘Canes will be sophomore West Palm Beach native, Travis Homer. Homer, had just seven carries in 2016 for 44-yards. Homer had 11-carries in the Hurricanes season opener against Bethune Cookman but has just 14 carries in the three games since.

So far this season, Homer has a total of 25 carries for 212-yards, an average of 8.4 yards per carry and three touchdowns. Outside of Walton and Homer, a majority of the Hurricanes rushing game has come from quarterback Malik Rosier. Rosier this season has 126-yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.

The Yellow Jackets and Hurricanes will kickoff on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm on ABC.