Miami Hurricanes RB Trayone Gray injured, out for 2016 season

Hurricanes running back Trayone Gray tore his ACL during practice Tuesday and will miss the 2016 season, a program source told the Post.

Trayone Gray. (instagram.com/mattyports)

Trayone Gray. (instagram.com/mattyports)

The Hurricanes conduct their second scrimmage of camp Wednesday morning. Coach Mark Richt is scheduled to address the media afterward.

A UM spokesperson would not immediately comment.

Gray, a junior from Miami-Carol City High, has not made an impact at UM to this point in his career. He entered the season hoping to earn carries in a deep Miami backfield.

Sophomore Mark Walton, junior Joe Yearby and redshirt junior Gus Edwards are expected to be Miami’s top three backs. True freshman Travis Homer would be the No. 4 option.

Edwards said last week that Gray, who is popular with his teammates and goes by the nickname “Choc,” was splitting second-team carries with him. The pair were UM’s third and fourth backs.

“I think Choc is doing good,” Edwards said. “He’s one of the strongest ones we have in the backfield. Strong, fast, he improved a lot. He’s finishing up his runs a lot better.”

Gray will likely take a medical redshirt year in 2016 and return next season as a redshirt junior. Edwards, who broke his foot last August, did the same.

Gray was Miami’s third-leading rusher last year, carrying 23 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, but saw action in just five games. Sixteen of his carries, 118 of his yards and one of his touchdowns came in Miami’s first two games, against FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman and Florida Atlantic.

As a true freshman in 2014, Gray arrived late to camp because of academics. A former high school quarterback, he was slow to pick up UM’s offense, according to coaches, and registered up 24 yards and a touchdown on six carries in 2014.

Gray is the second player UM has lost to an ACL tear in the last month. Sophomore wide receiver Lawrence Cager is the other.

Update: Later Tuesday evening, Gray and UM running backs coach Thomas Brown commented on Twitter:

Running backs Gus Edwards (left) and Trayone Gray. (Matt Porter)

Running backs Gus Edwards (left) and Trayone Gray. (Matt Porter)

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