Former Miami running back Gus Edwards reportedly is transferring to Rutgers and is expected to compete for playing time immediately.
Scout.com reports that Edwards’ high school coach, Jim Munson of Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville, confirmed his former player’s decision and said Edwards will graduate in May and enroll at Rutgers in June.
Edwards (6 feet 1, 230 pounds) rushed for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns in 28 career games for Miami. He was limited to a career-low 290 yards and one touchdown in 2016, when he was the third-teamer behind Mark Walton and Joe Yearby.
“This gives Rutgers a dude,” Munson told Scout.com. “He’s got a lot of running left in him. They didn’t wear him out at Miami. He’s still got a lot of carries left in that big body.”
Rutgers returns leading rusher Robert Martin, who rushed for 625 yards and two TDs. But more than 25 percent of that total came in one game, when he had 169 against New Mexico in the third game of the season. He rushed for just 110 yards in the final four games of the season, and by no means is Martin the for-sure starter.
Edwards, who redshirted after suffering a season-ending injury during fall camp in 2015, was a three-star high school prospect. The move to Rutgers brings the New York native closer to home, as well as provides a potential increase in playing time.
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