Miami, opening opponent for Florida Football, will have leading rusher enter portal

Henry Parrish led Miami in rushing in back-to-back seasons

Oct 14, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21)
Oct 14, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21) / Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
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It has felt like a wave of negativity at times for Florida Football as almost every headline that has been published about Billy Napier is asking about whether he can navigate the brutal schedule that lies ahead for the Gators.

So sometimes one has to take every bit of good news they can get as Florida's opening opponent will need to figure out a new starting running back after news broke that Henry Parrish intends to enter the transfer portal.

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InsideTheU reported that Parrish will enter the portal when the 15-day spring window opens up on April 15.

Parrish ran for 628 yards last season with a healthy 6.3 yards per carry. Of running backs with at least 100 carries in 2023, Parrish was 16th in the country in yards per carry. He was considered a middle of the road pass blocker and utilized little in the passing game, catching just 11 passes.

Parrish originally came to Miami after a stint with Ole Miss.

For Florida, it will take every bit of good news it can get as they wind through their own spring practices and get ready to face Miami on August 31. The Hurricanes will probably turn to Mark Fletcher, who racked up 515 yards himself last season. According to InsideTheU, Fletcher has been out all spring with an injury.

The departure of Parrish also means Miami might try to work in Jordan Lyle, a top 100 prospect in the class of 2024 according to On3 and Rivals, as well as Ajay Allen, who had 361 yards for Miami last season.