Virginia Football Offers Buffalo Running Back Transfer To Dylan McDuffie

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Virginia football head coach Tony Elliott announced Saturday that fifth-year running back Ronnie Walker Jr. was injured in practice this week and will miss the rest of spring football at least. It’s certainly disappointing news for UVA and Walker Jr., who had had an impressive streak of practices leading the running back squad.

Elliott didn’t provide details on the nature or severity of the injury, but Walker Jr. will be out for an extended period, placing a major question mark over Virginia’s running backstory. The Cavaliers still have junior Mike Hollins, who has also impressed Tony Elliott thus far, as well as senior Perris Jones, second Amaad Foston and rookie Xavier Brown. Without Walker Jr., however, the Cavaliers would need experienced depth, so Elliott began looking to the portal for a solution.

Buffalo running back Dylan McDuffie entered the transfer portal on Friday and he received an offer from Virginia on Sunday.

The 6’0, 207-pound junior was originally a three-star recruit from Buffalo, New York. After spending his first season with the Bulls in a redshirt in 2018, McDuffie showed flashes of potential with limited touches in 2019, averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 23 rush attempts. Despite this, he played sparingly the following season, appearing in just three games and getting just one rush attempt.

In 2021, McDuffie had a stellar season, becoming the 10th player in Buffalo program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He rushed for 1,049 yards and 11 touchdowns and also recorded 14 receptions for 123 receiving yards and another touchdown. He had four 100-yard rushing games and was named to the All-MAC Third Team after the season.

Since entering the transfer portal on Friday, McDuffie has received offers from Virginia, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and UTSA. McDuffie is entering his senior season, but still has two years of eligibility left.

There’s no timeline for a decision, but Dylan McDuffie would certainly make a valuable late addition to Virginia’s football roster at running back before next season.

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