The Miami Hurricanes are hoping for big things from freshman running back Robert Burns. But they might have to wait a little bit before getting it.
Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said this week that more than likely, Burns will not be ready for the season opener on Sept. 2 because of a shoulder injury.
“Burns, I don’t think he’ll be ready for Game 1,” Richt said on Tuesday according to The Sun Sentinel. “I don’t think so. We’ll see. I don’t know how soon he’ll be ready to get into a contact drill. Today is no-contact, but you start putting pads on and thudding each other up, and we either have to put a green [non-contact] jersey on him and trust that our guys won’t thud him, or just get him out of the drill. We have to decide if we’re not smart enough to thud a guy in a green jersey.”
Burns has been dealing with shoulder concerns for a long time. He missed games during his junior and senior seasons of high school at Miami Sulliver Prep because of his shoulder. The Sun Sentinel reports he had just nine carries as a high school senior. Burns, who was rated a 3-star recruit at 247Sports, also missed most of spring practices because of the same injury and had surgery.
In practice on Wednesday, he was wearing a non-contact green jersey.
.@CanesFootball RB Robert Burns here again in green no contact jersey
— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) August 2, 2017
As long as he remains out, Miami will count upon freshman Deejay Dallas for depth at running back behind junior starter Mark Walton and sophomore Travis Homer.