The Miami Hurricane running back room still has Jaylen Knighton, Henry Parish Jr., and Thad Franklin listed as scholarship running backs. You have to applaud the late addition and attention to detail by Coach Mario Cristobal and staff. If last year taught the Hurricanes anything, it was how the running back room could deplete in a moment’s notice.
Despite Stanley’s role as a walk on running back, it adds just an extra layer of security to a position of need, especially early on in the season. The Miami Hurricanes start the season vs. Bethune Cookman and then Southern Miss. Nothing would be more tragic then losing an additional running back to injury during these games. Stanley gives you the option to have depth in these contests and limits the wear and tear on Knighton and Parish who will be looked upon as starters moving forward.
“How you do anything is how you do everything.” Coach Cristobal has shown that his attention to detail and his attunement to reality are high. Adding a walk on running back might not seem like much, but it’s precisely what this team needed.