Hurricanes down multiple players for road trip against Hokies
BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA — Several key players missed the Hurricanes’ road win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Linebacker Waynmon Steed Jr., cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, running back Henry Parrish Jr. and receiver Michael Redding III did not play Saturday.
Luckily for the Hurricanes, coach Mario Cristobal said he doesn’t expect their injuries to keep them out for long.
Offensive linemen Jakai Clark, Zion Nelson and Judge Oluwaseun, who had previously struggled with injuries, also did not play.
“The guys who haven’t played this week, I think they’re on track to play next week,” Cristobal said. “They just didn’t meet the deadline‚ they failed to reduce their respective injuries.”
Clark, Steed, Stevenson, Parrish, Oluwaseun, Redding and Steed have all started for Miami this season.
Parrish, a sophomore, has been one of the Hurricanes’ top offensive players this season, leading Miami with 378 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Without Parrish, the Hurricanes rushed for 107 yards in the win. Jaylan Knighton led the team with 27 rushing yards.
Stevenson, the Hurricanes’ top cornerback, has 10 tackles and one interception with a pass breakup this season. The fourth-year junior was injured against North Carolina last week.
Steed, a sixth-year senior in a red shirt, has 11 tackles and one pass deflection so far this season. Redding, a third-year redshirt sophomore, had 14 catches for 183 yards and a score. He’s Miami’s No. 3 wide receiver this season
Nelson, who underwent knee surgery in the offseason, suffered a setback and hasn’t played since Miami’s game against Texas A&M on Sept. 17. Both Oluwaseun and Clark suffered injuries against North Carolina and did not return to the game.
Will Mallory leaves the game due to injury
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Tight end Will Mallory is one of Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke’s favorite targets, and he started Saturday’s game with several key catches.
Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Mallory left the game after taking a knock in the second quarter and did not return.
Mallory had three catches for 62 yards against Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech security Nasir Peoples appeared to hit Mallory in the head with his shoulders, and Peoples was kicked out for targeting.
Cristobal said after the match that Mallory “looked good”.
Miami continues to win against Virginia Tech
With their win over the Hokies on Saturday, the Hurricanes improved their record against their rival to 15-7 all-time. The road win also gives Miami a 9-8 series lead at Blacksburg.
Although Miami-Virginia Tech has been a hotly contested rival for years, Miami is now 5-1 against Virginia Tech since 2017 and has won the last three matchups.