Impact of losing Gus Edwards for the season

The team confirmed Sunday night that junior running back Gus Edwards will miss the entire 2015 season due to a foot injury. Read on for a full analysis of what this means for that position and the entire team.

Gus Edwards injured his foot in the team's most recent scrimmage. He was considered day-to-day after missing practice this past week. On Sunday, Al Golden dropped the news.

"Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine month to prepare for this moment," said head coach Al Golden. "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."

Edwards was a three-star recruit from the state of New York. A one-time Syracuse commitment who ran for over 800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in high school, Edwards flipped his commitment to Miami soon after James Coley became the offensive coordinator at Miami.

Able to see the field as a true freshman in 2013, Edwards finished his first season here with 338 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2014, Edwards was the team’s third-leading rusher as he tallied 349 yards on the ground. He also scored six touchdowns, while averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

While he's averaged 5.4 yards per carry through his first two seasons here, a good chunk of his yards came against inferior opponents. As a freshman his best game was a 113-yard performance against Savannah State. His best game last season came against Virginia Tech when he ran for 115 yards and two scores.

Edwards, 6-foo-2 and 235 pounds, entered fall camp as the team's number one running back. While he doesn't offer a whole lot as a pass-catcher and lacks breakaway speed to be a game changer, he was likely going to be Miami's short-yardage back. Losing that is a tough break for a team who now lacks a true big back. His injury also makes Miami's running back depth a little weaker than it was. The Canes now have just three scholarship running backs, including sophomore Trayone Gray whose running instincts aren't up to par with his size/speed combination.

This news, coupled with Walter Tucker being listed as a backup on the opening week depth chart, likely means that sophomore Joe Yearby and freshman Mark Walton will likely carry the majority of the load this season.

While Yearby has the edge on experience since he played here last season and will start the season as the starter, look for Walton to make a serious push to become the team's number one back early in the season. While Walton has home-run hitting ability, Yearby lacks the ability to break off long runs.

Regardless of what type of impact Edwards was going to have this season, this is a major blow for a variety of reasons heading into the start of the season for the Canes.

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