Miami Hurricanes stars Mark Walton, Ahmmon Richards expected to play at Duke

Mark Walton (1) hops off the field after injuring his ankle against Toledo at Hard Rock Stadium on September 23, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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So far, so good, as it relates to Mark Walton and Ahmmon Richards. 

Mark Richt said Tuesday that his top running back and top receiver — arguably, his two best offensive players — should be available for Friday’s game at Duke (7 p.m., ESPN).

“Ahmmon practiced,” Richt said. “Mark, we chose not to practice him. He could have practiced. He will practice tomorrow.”

Asked if he still expected both to play, Richt said: “Yes. I’ve said it before, unless there’s a setback, I expect both Mark and Ahmmon to play.”

The 14th-ranked Hurricanes (2-0), who beat Toledo 52-30 last week, were without Richards and defensive end Demetrius Jackson in that game. Walton rushed for a career-best 204 yards against the Rockets despite twisting his left ankle.

“He’s been rehabbing his butt off. He’s a tough dude,” offensive coordinator and running backs coach Thomas Brown said. “He does a really good job, like the rest of our guys, to prepare himself for this violent football game.”

Richards, a freshman All-American in 2016, has yet to play this season because of a hamstring strain.

Richt said Jackson, a key reserve missed the Toledo game for an undisclosed reason, practiced Tuesday. “I think Demetrius will be OK,” Richt said.

Backup safety Robert Knowles is also apparently dealing with an injury. “I’m not sure if he practiced today,” Richt said, “but we’re hopeful for him.”

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