Watching the Syracuse Orange football team last year, it quickly became apparent that, while the team featured some athletically gifted tailbacks, none truly fit what Dino Babers wanted to do in the running game. Which is to say, they weren’t built to be between the tackles runners. Well, Syracuse’s potential answer to that issue may be Gus Edwards.
Miami announces RB Gus Edwards plans to transfer.
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) January 18, 2017
You may remember Edwards from when he committed to the Orange and then-head coach Doug Marrone. The 3-star running back was a bruiser who many expected to challenge for immediate playing time at Syracuse. However, once Marrone left, Edwards had second thoughts and flipped his commitment to Miami.
After a career that’s been riddled with injury, Edwards announced today that he plans to become a graduate transfer, which means he’ll be eligible immediately next season. While we don’t know for sure that Syracuse will pursue, there were hints about a month ago that, should Edwards decide to go the grad transfer route, Syracuse would be one of his top choices as a destination.
Now, obviously Miami could restrict where Gus can transfer to, and prevent him from choosing Syracuse. After all, the Orange play the Hurricanes in 2017.
But if Edwards does not have any restrictions, his addition would be a big boost for Syracuse’s ground attack. The 6-foot-2, 225 pound tailback from Staten Island had 186 career rushing attempts at Miami, picking up 977 yards with 12 touchdowns in his time with the Canes. This past season, he rushed for 290 yards. In 2014, he had his best season, gaining 349 yards (5.7 yards-per-carry) with six touchdowns. He missed all of 2015 with a foot injury, which is why he’s eligible as a grad transfer, since he didn’t redshirt, and has only played three seasons.
This is definitely a situation to keep an eye on. If there are no restrictions on his transfer, then Syracuse looks to be one of the likeliest landing spots for Edwards.