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Entering the season, one of the worst case scenarios for the Miami Hurricanes was the possibility of losing preseason All ACC running back Mark Walton to an injury.

Walton, a vocal leader and driving force for the offense, was lost for the season after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle after last week’s thrilling win at Florida State.

That put sophomore Travis Homer in the unenviable position of having to fill the shoes of a veteran playmaker and in his first test, the sophomore out of Oxbridge Academy delivered.

In his first start at running back, Homer had 20 carries for a game high and career high 170 yards. He also scored two touchdowns, one on a 17 yard pass from Malik Rosier just before halftime, the other on a 27 yard run in a torrential downpour late in the fourth quarter that pulled the Hurricanes within two of Georgia Tech.

“If you’ve seen him in practice, you wouldn’t be shocked,” linebacker Shaquille Quarterman said. “He’s a workaholic. He’s such a workaholic, you see him walking around the training room and he’s hurting. And you’re like, ‘You’re alright, Travis?’ and he’s just working that hard. When you see him bust plays you see him do things like that, it’s like he earned it from Monday to Friday. It’s a testament to how hard he works over there with the offense.”

Said Miami coach Mark Richt, “Awesome. I don’t know how many carries it was, but he had 170 yards, I saw. We talked about his conditioning and he still played some special teams. He was still covering some kicks, but he’s got great vision,
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quickness and he secured the ball extremely well.”

Hurricanes greats honoredThey were five of the greatest players to wear a Miami uniform and on Saturday while the current Hurricanes were taking on Georgia Tech, they were honored by the school where they once starred.

During halftime of Saturday’s game former Hurricanes receiver Michael Irvin, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, linebacker Ray Lewis and safeties Ed Reed and the late Sean Taylor became the latest players inducted into Miami’s Ring of Honor.

It marked the first induction ceremony since 2014, when Russell Maryland and Jerome Brown joined the Ring of Honor, which now includes 23 former Hurricanes greats.

While the formal induction took place Saturday, the five most recent honorees were celebrated at a luncheon Friday where Taylor’s daughter spoke on behalf of her late father.

Saturday, Jackie Taylor and her family were on the field as Taylor’s name and those of his four fellow inductees were unveiled on banners lining the upper level of Hard Rock Stadium.

Badgley’s big dayHurricanes kicker Michael Badgley had four field goals in Saturday’s win, his biggest coming with four seconds left when he hit a 24 yarder that proved the game winner against Georgia Tech.

Earlier on the game’s final drive with Miami facing a 4th and 10, the kicker said he was more than ready to go out there and hit the game winner from 60+ if he’d been called on.

Fortunately for Miami and Badgley, the kick game winner didn’t require that long a kick. The Hurricanes converted on that play when Malik Rosier connected with receiver Darrell Langham for a first down that extended the drive and moved the Hurricanes to a more comfortable range.

“I was confident, if we wanted to kick it before the penalty, I was ready to go for the 65 yarder or whatever it was, but in essence, Langham makes a heck of a play, heck of a throw from Malik and we get down,” Badgley said. “I get a point nod from the coaches saying we’re going to center the ball, let’s go and time’s ticking,
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down two. I wanted to do my job and win this game. It was fun.”