One in a series of short pieces about each Miami senior leading up to the Hurricanes’ final home game of 2016, Saturday against Duke.
The rest of the series:
S Jamal Carter | C Alex Gall | RG Danny Isidora | S Rayshawn Jenkins | P Justin Vogel | TE/DE Stan Dobard | CB Corn Elder | WR Malcolm Lewis | CB Adrian Colbert | WR Stacy Coley | FB Gage Batten | FB Marquez Williams | LS Frank Gabriel, five others
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He was a Dwyer High standout, The Post’s 2012 defensive player of the year and a top scholar-athlete, who walked on at Auburn. After converting from linebacker to fullback — and being part of a team that went to the 2013 national championship game — Gage Batten came home.
Two springs ago, he was a volunteer coach at his alma mater, Dwyer, when he approached a former Miami coach and asked about a walk-on spot. He became UM’s starting fullback, and played in 12 games last year.
A nasty foot injury kept him from playing this year. But you can bet on Batten, who “worked like a demon” to return according to one staffer, to have a successful career in or out of football. He has a degree in Exercise Science from Auburn, is earning a UM master’s degree in Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology, and has spoken about obtaining a Ph.D.
Another part of his character was revealed in his decision to grow his hair long, and donate it to a charity that makes wigs for children in need.