Former Minnesota and Central Michigan running back Berkley Edwards will be joining the Michigan Wolverines as a walk-on. He’s the son of former Michigan running back Stan Edwards and the brother of former Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
Hit the jump for more on the transfer news.
Berkley Edwards was not offered by Michigan coming out of Chelsea (MI) Chelsea, and that rubbed Braylon the wrong way, resulting in a bit of a public spat. As a recruit, Berkley was a 247 Composite 3-star, the #19 all-purpose back, and #632 overall in the 2013 class. He ran for 3,277 yards and 45 touchdowns during his high school career. He originally signed with Minnesota, where he redshirted and then played two years before transferring to Central Michigan, where he was primarily a kick returner.
2013 (Minnesota): Redshirt
2014 (Minnesota): 30 carries for 140 yards (4.67 YPC), 2 TD; 3 catches for 24 yards (6.0 yards/catch)
2015 (Minnesota): 5 carries for 29 yards (5.8 YPC)
2016 (CMU): Redshirt
2017 (CMU): 6 carries for 15 yards (2.5 YPC); 2 catches for 5 yards (2.5 yards/catch); 20 kickoff returns for 336 yards (16.8 yards/return)
For a frame of reference, Edwards had both touchdowns and 60 yards on 4 carries against FCS Eastern Illinois in 2014, so the rest of the way, he had 26 carries for 80 yards. He was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, and he will walk on at Michigan as a graduate student.
Here are some highlights from his high school years:
And here are some clips from his time at Minnesota:
I do not think Edwards will make much of an impact this season. He’s primarily coming in as a kickoff returner, and Michigan has better players available for kickoff returns. And if he does play, I do not think averaging 16.8 yards/return in the MAC translates well to being highly successful in the Big Ten.
Edwards is the second graduate transfer commitment Michigan has received in recent weeks, and the second with a famous father. Quarterback Jeff George, Jr. is also coming to Michigan from Illinois (LINK).
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