RB Henry Parrish prepares for last chance to show off his skills in the spring

CORAL GABLES, Florida.Henry Parrish transferred from Mississippi and was the Hurricanes’ leading running back throughout spring training.

With Jaylan Knighton and Don Chaney Jr. limited by injuries and Cody Brown recently decided to transfer, Parrish secured the majority of first-team representatives ahead thomas franklin and on foot Devon Perry.

“Bringing him here as a transfer was a huge addition,” the attacking coordinator said. Josh Gattis mentioned. “He’s done a phenomenal job of learning the attacking system and really taking on a leadership role within the team.”

Parrish, who led Columbus to a state championship as a senior in 2019, spent two years at Mississippi where he had 1,048 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

Although Mississippi went 10-3 last year, finishing 11th in the latest AP Top 25 poll, and Miami went 7-5 and went unseeded, a coaching change at Coral Gables sparked controversy. confidence in the future of the Hurricanes.

“I see coach (Mario) Cristobal doing much bigger things and much more (than Lane Kiffin in Mississippi),” Parrish said. “The way he runs his program and the way the guys work and the coaches train our guys, I just feel like this program will be 10 times better and I can’t wait to play for a national championship.”

Being close to his family has been positive.

“It feels good,” Parrish said. “Great weather, great lawn, it can’t get any better, especially at the University of Miami. Great coaches, great cultures and just happy to work.

His family and friends will have the chance to see him perform in person when Parrish and the Hurricanes take to the field for their annual spring game Saturday (12:00 p.m. ACCN) at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

“At Ole Miss it was pretty tough, so just being back home and out on the streets is a better opportunity for me, my family and others to keep seeing me play,” he said. -he declares.

It’s another opportunity for Parrish to show off his abilities with Knighton and Chaney.

“I see this as a great opportunity,” Parrish said. “These guys are down, so keep learning, progressing, putting in the work every day, having a purpose and getting out here to work.”

Coincidentally, Parrish reunited with his running coach, Kevin Smithwhile at Oxford.

“It’s the same thing,” Parrish said. “He insists on the same thing. We have to rely on detail, execution and performance. Just be tough on me and coach me hard.

Parrish’s best attributes are his quickness, natural running ability and threat to catch the ball as he continues to work on improving his pass protection.

“It’s a work in progress,” Parrish said. “You have to keep working and keep improving.”

Playing against players in different conferences has been an adjustment and will continue to be once he enters his first season in the ACC.

“Playing in the SEC is a lot of big, fast guys,” Parrish said. “They’re as big as you, fast as you. I feel like I’m going down to the University of Miami. It’s not harder, but I can move more and be more explosive in the running game and the passing game. Just be free and come out to play.

Christopher Stock has covered the Miami Hurricanes since 2003 and can be reached by email at stock@insidetheu.com and on Twitter @InsideTheU.