The Hurricanes have yet to make a determination on whether suspended running back Mark Walton will remain so.
Walton pleaded not guilty Thursday on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a knowingly suspended license, according to Miami-Dade court records. Walton, 19, was suspended indefinitely from the team after his April 23 arrest.
A spokesperson from the State Attorney’s Office in Miami-Dade said Judge Fred Seraphin set a court continuance, which essentially says both sides will determine a trial date in the coming weeks.
A Miami police investigation of Walton for impersonating an officer apparently found nothing. Court records show no other open cases against Walton.
For his DUI and suspended license charges, Walton retained Coral Gables-based attorneys Joey McCall and Ricky Patel of Farrell & Patel. Last August they represented Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, who was suspended by FSU in July after he was accused of punching a woman outside a Tallahassee bar. He was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery in August.
Patel did not immediately offer comment when reached Thursday.
A UM spokesperson said the school would not issue a comment on Walton’s legal issues. UM Athletics Director Blake James and coach Mark Richt were in Chicago on Thursday as part of a spring booster club speaking tour.
Walton, a sophomore from Miami-Booker T. Washington High, completed spring practices as the Hurricanes’ first-string running back. He registered 1,054 total hards and a team-best 10 touchdowns last fall. He was UM’s leading kick returner (300 yards), second-leading rusher (461) and fifth-leading receiver (293).