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Another running back leaves the Miami Hurricanes’ football program

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) hands off to running back Gus Edwards (7) in the second quarter as the University of Miami takes on the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando Wed., Dec. 28, 2016.
Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) hands off to running back Gus Edwards (7) in the second quarter as the University of Miami takes on the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando Wed., Dec. 28, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Another running back has departed early from the University of Miami.

The university announced Wednesday afternoon that Gus Edwards, who would have been a redshirt senior for the 2017 season, is transferring from the school.

Earlier this month, Joe Yearby, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2015, left for the NFL Draft.

“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,’’ UM football coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by Miami.

The 6-1, 230-pound Edwards is from Staten Island, N.Y., and previously notified people inside the UM athletic department that he was exploring other options.

Edwards was one of three Miami running backs to run for over 100 yards. UM hasn't had that happen in a game since 1987 on Sat., Sept. 3, 2016.

Edwards missed all of last season with a Lisfranc fracture that required five screws and a metal plate be surgically inserted into his left foot.

In November, when it was believed he was thinking about transferring to Syracuse, Edwards said he had no intention of leaving UM.

He finished 2016 with 59 carries for 290 yards and one touchdown.

“I’ve been here since my freshman year,’’ he said then. “This is home. All my brothers are here. A new coaching staff, but at the same time they’re family now, so I wouldn’t want to turn my back on them no matter what.”

Edwards appeared in 35 games over three seasons, making one start. His career numbers: 186 carries for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In 2017, Mark Walton will continue to be the top runner, with rising sophomore Travis Homer now a favorite for the No. 2 spot. Also competing will be soon-to-be senior Trayone Gray, who sat out this past season with a torn ACL.

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