Early in the season, Miami coach Al Golden had hoped to redshirt freshman Walter Tucker.
But injuries forced the Hurricanes to make adjustments and Tucker, a former track and football standout at American Heritage-Plantation made his special teams debut during Miami’s 45-30 win over Georgia Tech.
He played well, but now 10th-ranked Miami will be without Tucker when it faces North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Thursday. The freshman was listed as out with a lower extremity injury in Miami’s ACC-mandated injury report released Tuesday. Earlier this week, Tucker was listed as the back-up fullback behind Maurice Hagens on the Hurricanes’ depth chart.
Offensive lineman Danny Isidora, who has been trying to work back from a foot injury, was also listed as out for Thursday’s game, while wide receiver Rashawn Scott (shoulder/collarbone) is doubtful.
This weekend, Golden said Scott, who has been out since Miami’s season opener against FAU, was “close,” but that the decision would ultimately be left up to Miami’s doctors.
One player not listed on the injury report was running back Eduardo Clements who missed the Georgia Tech game with a strained hamstring.
*Miami’s Clive Walford has been named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list.
The award is presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end and Walford is one of four ACC tight ends on the list along with Florida State’s Nick O’Leary, North Carolina’s Eric Ebron and Virginia’s Jake McGee.
Through Miami’s first five games, Walford has 11 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. 20 of his last 22 touchdes have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.
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