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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: Mark Walton

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Mark Walton

RB - 5'9 205 Sophomore - Miami, Fl

2015 Key Stats: 461 yards rushing, 9 TD's,  22 receptions, 293 yards, 1 TD.

ICYMI, re-instated Monday following charges bring dropped against him in bizarre off the field incident:

No word on whether he will face any further discipline from the team.  Given the situation, I would speculate he will not, which means a full season for the Booker T. Washington product.

Had a very strong Spring, in which he emerged as the starter in a deep backfield featuring Joe Yearby, Gus Edwards, and Trayone Gray, and concluded with a very nice Spring Game performance:

Impressive freshman campaign to build off of, in which he displayed nice vision, balance, uncanny strength between the tackles for a player his size, and outstanding hands.

Would have been even more stellar had he not had 4 TD's called back for penalty.

Summary:  Walton's lawyers have promised action against the city.  So his non football distractions may not be completely behind him.  Does everything he's been through (and may still have to overcome) preoccupy Walton, or narrow his focus?  From everything we have heard about what type of person the kid is, we suspect the latter, which would be great news for Mark Richt and UM's offense. As a true freshman, his power between the tackles made him the primary ball carrier in goal line situations. Impressive to say the least.  His one-handed catch Vs Washington State in the Sun Bowl was a play only a handful of RB's in the country could have made.  Walton also displays a burst that no other RB on the roster, with the exception of maybe Gray, possesses.  He may very well be the most complete and talented back on the roster.  And while Yearby had a very nice season last year, and cracked 1,000 yards rushing, I suspect in 2016 Walton will be the feature back. Edwards is back healthy and is bigger, but Walton is nearly as effective breaking tackles.  Yearby is excellent catching passes, but Walton can make highlight type grabs (as displayed above).  Gray has home run potential, but Walton  is just as fast and  maybe even a touch more elusive. The 'Canes have a plethora of options at running back, but when you look at each individual's strengths, Walton seems to have the most complete game and an edge in almost every category over the rest.  I expect the sophomore to be to have a monster 2016, perhaps cracking 1,000 yards, 10+ TD's and 20-30 catches with a big play or two mixed in in almost every contest.  Hurricanes fans are going to enjoy watching this young man this season. He's one of the best weapons on the team.  We should all be thankful the incident in April did not result in charges against him, and hopefully was just a bump in the road for Walton.