The Arkansas Razorbacks announced Wednesday that wide receiver Kendrick Edwards is no longer a member of the program and is free to transfer. The true freshman apparently violated some unspecified rule under head coach Bret Bielema, and will no longer be a part of the team. NBC Sports reported that there are not pending legal cases involving Edwards, and that the violation must have been handled as an internal manner.
In his rookie campaign, Edwards appeared in 11 games, catching four passes for 70 yards. Still, any player seeing significant playing time during their freshman season has a bright future ahead of them, and this was certainly the case for Edwards. The Miami, Florida native was expected to contribute major minutes for the Razorbacks, but once again off the field problems have prevented a budding star from reaching his full potential.
Edwards has been granted the ability to speak with any program- even those within the SEC- and the former two-star recruit will likely have a strong pool of schools to choose from. Still, he will need to disclose to whichever school he chooses the reason for his dismissal proving to the squad that the incident is behind him and that he is committed to moving forward with his new school. Expect Edwards to make his selection in the coming months as the school year draws to a close allowing him to be ready for the 2015 season.
The Razorbacks finished the 2014 year 7-6, but a disappointing 2-6 within the ever-difficult SEC. Edwards will be missed as Arkansas hopes to rebound from the poor year, however, coach Bielema has plenty of options within the receiving corps.
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