Reports: Berkley Edwards, 2 other players leaving Gophers


The onslaught of players and recruits leaving the University of Minnesota football team in the post-Jerry Kill era is growing.

According to the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, running back Berkley Edwards, wide receiver Desmond Gant and cornerback Craig James are all leaving the team. Gant and James plan to transfer while Edwards could play at another school or remain at the U of M to run track.

Edwards, a speedster who was highly touted as a high school recruit from Michigan, hasn't seen much of the field in his two years since redshirting in 2013. He carried the ball just five times as a sophomore this season, and his father, Stan Edwards, doesn't think the coaching staff was truthful with his son.

"This has nothing to do with playing time," Stan Edwards, who played six years in the NFL, told the Star Tribune. "This is about what people promised. I told them, 'If Berkley isn't playing, I want to know why.' They told me they would tell me, and they didn't."

Notre Dame and Ohio State have been linked to Edwards, the Pioneer Press adds.

Edwards' older brother, Braylon, also played in the NFL.

The Gophers have seen a handful of recruits decommit since Tracy Claeys took over for Kill and subsequently fired two offensive coaches.

Next Up

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.

court gavel

Minneapolis man sentenced to 30 years for death in robbery gone wrong

James Moore was sentenced in the death of Malik Smith.

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.