2014 Player Analysis: Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards saw an increase in playing time after Duke Johnson got hurt last season. With Johnson back, Dallas Crawford to safety, and the addition of Joseph Yearby, where does that leave this talented sophomore?

As a recruit: Augustus Edwards made a summer commitment to Syracuse before his senior season. He went on to finish the season with nearly 900 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Florida State and Miami are two schools that never stopped recruiting him. He was favoring FSU following his visit there before his primary recruiter (James Coley) came to Miami. Edwards then visited here the weekend before National Signing Day, and chose to become a Hurricane in the end.

As a Hurricane: Edwards played in all 12 games as a freshman last season, and finished the season with 66 carries for 338 yards and five touchdowns. With Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby out with injuries, Edwards was the team's only scholarship running back in the spring. He carried a big load during that month.

What to expect: Johnson and Yearby are similar in size and ability. They will provide more explosive runs than Edwards but they don't have his size. At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Edwards is a big back who can go between the tackles. He lacks the ability to break long runs (the longest of his 66 carries last season went for just 29 yards) and he doesn't offer much as a pass-catcher. However, there's a good chance that he will emerge as Miami's goal-line and short-yardage back this season -- especially if he's able to learn to run with better pad level.

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