Miami (FL) head coach Al Golden has announced that junior running back Gus Edwards will miss the entire 2015 season due to a foot injury sustained during an August 22 practice.
“Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine months to prepare for this moment,” Golden said Sunday night in a statement released through the school. “He set a high standard and did a great job leading and being unselfish. We are tremendously disappointed for him, but we will be there with him on the road to recovery and anxiously await his return.”
This is a major blow to the Miami backfield, which lost star running back Duke Johnson to the NFL draft this offseason. Edwards, who was listed as the No. 1 back (per OurLads.com), had been battling for position with teammates Joe Yearby, Trayone Gray, and Mark Walton.
A 6-foot-2, 230-pound power back, Edwards rushed for 349 yards last season and was fourth on the team with six touchdowns.
In addition to the news, Miami released its first depth chart of the 2015 preseason Sunday night — Yearby “or’’ freshman Mark Walton are listed as the co-first-teamers, with Gray coming in at No. 2. However, it is likely that the Hurricanes use a by-committee approach and that all three see significant playing time this season.