Miami Hurricanes junior running back Cam’Ron Harris announced he will return to UM for the 2021 season.
Harris made a social-media post on Friday evening after previously teasing that an announcement was coming on Jan. 1.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing on Sundays like they say, but work still needs to be done and I want to finish getting my degree,” Harris said in the statement. “I’m announcing I will be returning to the University of Miami for my senior year and continuing to fight with my soldiers to bring the U back! One last ride bad boys for life!”
In his first season as a full-time starter in 2020, Harris, a Miami Carol City grad, rushed for 643 yards on 126 attempts (5.1 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. He added 18 receptions for 131 yards and another touchdown.
A power runner at 5 feet 10, 210 pounds, Harris has also shown breakaway speed at times, most recently on his 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Cheez-It Bowl loss to Oklahoma State.
Harris will return to a deep backfield in 2021 for the Hurricanes. The freshman tandem of Donald Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton will each go into their second college season while redshirt junior Robert Burns provides depth, along with incoming freshman Thaddius Franklin, from Chaminade-Madonna.
Harris’ decision to stay in college stops a streak of Miami having junior running backs declare for the draft early: DeeJay Dallas (2020 draft, fourth round), Travis Homer (2019, sixth round), Mark Walton (2018, fourth round) and Joe Yearby (2017, undrafted).
UM will have its starting quarterback and running back from 2020 return. QB D’Eriq King previously announced he will come back for a sixth college season. Although King tore his ACL in Miami’s bowl loss, the team expects him to be available for the start of fall camp in August.
Pending decisions for Hurricanes offensive playmakers include junior tight end Brevin Jordan and senior wide receiver Michael Harley.