Carter Hucks was on the sideline Thursday night in Lane Stadium for Miami's game at Virginia Tech. The Make-A-Wish child was wearing a beanie and, of course, an orange No. 8 jersey, for his favorite player, running back Duke Johnson.
The third-grader, who is fighting a life-threatening disease, was the Hurricanes' special guest at an Oct. 8 practice, spending some time around the program before its Oct. 11 home game against Cincinnati. He wore the pads, helmet and jersey that the rest of the players did. He had his own locker. The band and cheerleaders welcomed him to practice, which he entered through a smoke-filled entrance. He was carried off the field, and he was carried on the field Thursday before the Canes' game against the Hokies.
Johnson, his favorite player, impressed, rushing for 249 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 30-6 win.
Kudos to Miami for making Carter's dream come true. If he has his way, it may not be the last the program sees of him.
"I was making a joke that hopefully by the time this whole procedure is over the next time he's in Coach Golden's office he's here to commit to playing his next four, five years at the University of Miami," his father, Derrick, told a local TV station, per Yahoo.
Check out Carter's day with Canes below.