Gophers running back Berkley Edwards was a top high school sprinter in Michigan, and now he'll have a chance to test that speed collegiately.
Edwards is joining the Gophers track and field team this season, the athletics department said Tuesday, confirming a report in the Minnesota Daily, by Jack Satzinger.
Football remains Edwards' top athletic priority, as he will go through a full spring practice and participate in track when there are no conflicts with football. Former Gophers receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts is an example of a player who competed in both football and track.
Edwards won the 100- (10.58 seconds) and 200-meter (21.37) dashes at the Michigan state meet for Chelsea High School and was also a member of the 4x100 relay at the Junior Olympics. The Gophers' next track meet is the Jack Johnson Invitational, which starts Friday at the U of M Fieldhouse.
Edwards played 12 football games for the Gophers last season, getting 30 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He was limited by a shoulder injury after redshirting with an ankle injury in 2013.
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