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Miami loses leading rusher to season-ending ankle injury

Miami’s streak-breaking win over Florida State has been tempered by a significant loss in the running game.

The U announced Sunday that Mark Walton suffered an unspecified injury to his right ankle in Saturday’s 24-20 win over Florida State. As a result of the injury, the running back will undergo surgery at an unspecified point in the future.

While the school stated in its release that a timetable for Walton’s return has not been determined, head coach Mark Richt confirmed that the injury is severe enough that it will cost the junior the remainder of the 2017 season.

Walton originally suffered the injury two weeks ago against Toledo. In the win over FSU, he aggravated it enough that surgery is now required.

Through four games, Walton is easily the Hurricanes’ leading rusher with 428 yards. His three rushing touchdowns are tied for the team lead.

The man he’s tied with in that latter category, Travis Homer, is also second on the team with 212 yards on the ground and can be expected to shoulder a more significant portion of the running-game load.