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What Cam’Ron Harris Returning Means For Miami’s RBs

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As the Miami Hurricanes set out to focus on the future, they’ll be taking a familiar face in its offensive gameplan along the journey.

Cam’Ron Harris, who played in all 11 games this season, announced his intentions to return to UM for his senior campaign Friday. “Run it back, one more time,” he said.

Harris joins redshirt senior QB D’Eriq King, junior TE Will Mallory and redshirt junior punter Lou Hedley as other ‘Canes players to opt-in to another collegiate season instead of entering the 2021 NFL Draft. That said, Miami still awaits the decisions of senior WR Mike Harley Jr. and junior TE Brevin Jordan, among others.

Harris had been planning to make an announcement on January 1st, though the reason behind it was uncertain. Now that it’s official, UM will continue having a variety of half-backs to choose from.

Here’s a look at what this means for all parties involved.

What Cam’Ron Harris’ return means for Miami

With the emergence of freshman Donald Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton, one could say that losing Harris would’ve been a solvable case – although having an experienced tailback is always a positive. Bringing Harris back eases the development of both Chaney and Knighton, as the pressure of locating a lead rusher for the future won’t have to be made soon.

Harris, who rushed for 643 yards and 10 TDs as a junior, should remain the starting RB in 2021 – at least for the foreseeable future. Both Chaney and Knighton, who combined for 142 plays from scrimmage to Harris’ 144, still have lots to learn and experience. Having someone to lead them through that process only makes things easier.

And with four-star RB Thad Franklin coming to Coral Gables, he’ll have the former Miami Carol City star to learn from in his first season. In fact, Franklin had expected Harris to say, telling reporters months backs that his commitment to UM wouldn’t change if he were to be there or not. It’ll be another prodigy in the making that Miami hopes can receive assistance from the upperclassmen.

What Cam’Ron Harris’ return means for Cam’Ron Harris

For Harris, his decision to return has more to do than garnering credits to declare for the NFL Draft.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing on Sundays like they say but work still needs to be done and I want to finish getting my degree,” he said in a longer statement, “which is why I’m announcing I will be returning to the University of Miami for my senior year and continuing to fight with my soldiers to bring the U back!”

After all, Harris’ senior campaign featured a surprising drop in progression later in the season. He kicked off UM’s first two games combining for 268 yards and three touchdowns vs. UAB and Louisville and added another two scores along with 43 yards against Florida State. That was until UM took on Clemson, where he rushed eight times for just three yards. After that, he never had another game with over 100 yards rushing.

A decision to stay – and having another year of eligibility in 2022 – ultimately gives Harris a chance to redeem himself to scouts and show more consistency in ACC play and so on.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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