Miami running back Gus Edwards will miss the entire 2015 season with a foot injury. The news comes after the 6-2, 241-pound power back missed a few practices with what was thought to be a minor injury.
According to Palm Beach Post, Edwards will need surgery on his left foot. The school did not give details on the nature of his injury, only that he would miss the entire season.
"Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine month to prepare for this moment," Miami coach Al Golden said. "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."
Here are three things to know about Edwards' injury and what it means for Miami:
1. Miami lost a great short-yardage yardage back. Edwards has totaled 101 yards on 20 touches in 3rd and Short (1-3 yards) situations over the last two seasons, and that kind of average (5.05 yards per carry) is nice to have as an offensive coordinator. The Canes will likely struggle to replace that.
2. The youth movement has arrived. With Edwards, a junior, out of action, sophomores Joe Yearby and Trayone Gray, plus freshman Mark Walton, are up now. Yearby finished second on the team in rushing with 509 yards in spot duty last season, but that's still 1,000 yards shy of Duke Johnson's production. Replacing Johnson will likely be a group effort by these former blue chip recruits.
3. Two games to establish a rhythm in the backfield. I do not suggest Miami looking past any opponent, but odds are looking good that the Hurricanes will emerge victorious against Bethune-Cookman and Florida Atlantic. That should give the offense two games to adjust to Edwards' absence before Nebraska comes to town on Sept. 19. After that, it's road trips to Cincinnati and Florida State.