Before the season, UM anticipated junior running back Mark Walton could turn pro. Especially so if he another successful season. Among returning ACC players, only Heisman Trophy-winning Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson had more rushing yards and touchdowns.
Walton, who had 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, was on his way to surpassing those totals when he injured his right ankle Oct. 7 at Florida State. The injury ended his season. According to one report, it also effectively ended his college career.
Neil Stratton of InsideTheLeague.com reported Walton signed with agent Zac Hiller, and will enter the NFL draft. Hiller reportedly also represents Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, formerly of Florida State.
A player who signs with an agent loses his college eligibility.
Inside The League describes itself in its “about” section as a news site for people working in pro football, such as agents, team executives and players.
Hiller, who declined to discuss the report with the Miami Herald, did not immediately return a message from The Post.
UM did not comment. Walton didn’t immediately return messages from the Post.
If his career is over, Walton would finish with 2.006 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 395 carries. He also caught 56 passes for 624 yards and a pair of scores. He registered 2,630 yards from scrimmage and 28 total touchdowns.
He would rank fifth all-time at UM in rushing touchdowns (tied with Duke Johnson, Melvin Bratton and Tyrone Moss) and in eighth place in total touchdowns. He would be 11th in yards.
How to replace a player of Walton’s caliber? With other highly ranked recruits.
The Hurricanes have a commitment from Lorenzo Lingard, a five-star prospect and the No. 2 running back in the 2018 class according to 247Sports and Rivals. He and four-star prospect Camron Davis would join backfield that includes junior-to-be Travis Homer, redshirt freshman Robert Burns and redshirt senior Trayone Gray.
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