The Miami Hurricanes are down to three healthy scholarship running backs after losing third-year freshman Donald Chaney Jr. and true freshman TreVonte’ Citizen to lower body injuries in camp. Chaney, who missed the final 10 games of the 2021 season with a torn ACL, exited Thursday’s practice with a lower-body injury, two sources told The Athletic.
The injury is not to the same knee he hurt last season and Chaney is expected to return this season, a source said.
“He suffered an injury. There’s no update on it. Hopefully, he’ll be better soon,” coach Mario Cristobal said Friday of the former four-star running back from Miami Belen Jesuit.
Reports coming out of Saturday’s scrimmage were that Chaney had performed the best among Miami’s five scholarship backs. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis had been impressed with Chaney’s speed earlier in camp.
“He can do a lot of different things, has a lot of flexibility as far as what he can do as a ball-in-hand type player. That’s exciting,” Gattis said. “Don’s been transitioning back in since his injury and now it’s just about getting Don comfortable, getting Don trusting that he’s completely healthy, getting all the minor aches and pains out of there so he can be as confident as possible in his football ability.”
Citizen, a highly touted four-star recruit the Hurricanes pulled away late from Florida in the last recruiting cycle, was injured in Miami’s first scrimmage last Saturday. Cristobal said Monday the four-star running back from Louisiana would be out for a significant amount of time.
Miami’s three remaining healthy backs are third-year sophomore Jaylan Knighton, Ole Miss transfer Henry Parrish Jr. and second-year sophomore Thaddius Franklin Jr.