Edwards, who was projected to be the starting running back, was injured in an Aug. 22 scrimmage and wore a walking boot last week. Coach Al Golden initially said Edwards wasn't expected to miss much time, but learned his injury was worse than originally thought after Edwards was reevaluated. The school has not released the details of his injury.
“Gus worked extremely hard for the last nine month to prepare for this moment,” Golden said Sunday in a statement. “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.”
The 6'2", 235-pound junior had 61 carries for 509 yards with six touchdowns in 2014, second only to Duke Johnson Jr. who was selected by the Browns in the third round of this year's draft. Edwards's absence will give sophomores Joe Yearby and Trayone Gray and freshman Mark Walton opportunity to embrace a starting role.
After going 6–7 in 2014, the Hurricanes open the 2015 season on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman.
- Erin Flynn