RB Gus Edwards to transfer from Miami Hurricanes

Gus Edwards (7) holds off cornerback Michael Jackson in UM's 2016 spring game. (Miami Herald)

Gus Edwards (7) holds off cornerback Michael Jackson in UM’s 2016 spring game. (Miami Herald)

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Running back Gus Edwards will transfer from Miami, the school announced Wednesday.

Edwards, a redshirt junior from Staten Island, N.Y., could wind up closer to home as a graduate transfer. UM did not specify where he was heading.

“Gus indicated to me that he would like to explore the possibility of other opportunities to continue his football career and we have given him permission to do that,” coach Mark Richt said in a press release distributed by the school.

Before Miami’s 31-14 win over No. 16 West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28, Edwards wrote in a post on his Snapchat account it would be his last game as a Hurricane. A source close to Edwards told The Post at that time he was considering transferring to Syracuse. He chose Miami over the Orange in 2013. His list of 15 offers included mostly ACC and Big Ten schools, such as Florida State, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

Edwards, coming off a foot injury that cost him 2015, had 59 carries for 290 yards and one touchdown last season. He was scarcely used until the final month of the year, when he passed junior Joe Yearby as the No. 2 back behind 1,000-yard sophomore Mark Walton. Edwards, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, started to use his size and considerable speed; before his injury, he was UM’s fastest straight-ahead back. Running backs coach and offensive coordinator Thomas Brown expressed his regret that he didn’t use him more.

In 35 games at Miami (one start), Edwards rushed for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries.

After losing Edwards and Yearby — who declared for the NFL draft — UM will lean more on Walton (5-9, 205) and sophomore-to-be Travis Homer (5-11, 200), who was a standout on special teams in his debut season. It also means more opportunity for senior-to-be Trayone Gray, who sat out last year recovering from an ACL tear, and the running backs Miami signs.

The Hurricanes expect to add two recruits at the position. One is three-star Robert Burns, who is set to enroll this month. The other could be four-star Anthony McFarland, who will decide between UM and hometown Maryland next Wednesday.

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