Mother of Miami Hurricanes RB Mark Walton dies



The mother of a star Hurricanes football player has died.

Kimberly Rogers, Mark Walton’s mother, died Thursday according to the Miami Herald.

UM confirmed Rogers’ death in a tweet, calling Friday “a really tough day at The U.”

The cause was not immediately known.

Walton, the Hurricanes’ standout running back, is 19 and will be a junior.

He is one of six children, according to a 2015 Herald story, and was raised by his mother for most of his childhood after his father, Mark Walton Sr., was murdered.

Walton was named the team’s most valuable player last season, and was a third-team All-ACC selection. He rushed for 1,117 yards (seventh-most in a single season in UM history) and 14 touchdowns (third). His 15 all-purpose touchdowns rank third on UM’s single-season list.

In Oct. 2015, the mother of another star Hurricanes player, cornerback Artie Burns, died suddenly. Dana Smith had a heart attack at age 44. Burns turned pro after that season and was a first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

One of his teammates at Miami-Booker T. Washington High and UM, defensive end Demetrius Jackson, posted a tribute on Twitter:

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