Second-year Colorado football stud pursuing off-field athletic greatness at CU

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Second-year Colorado football running back Dylan Edwards is pursuing athletic greatness off the field at the University of Colorado as BuffsBeat's Jess Hauser relayed -- that being a track career during the offseason.

"Dylan Edwards had an outstanding year at Colorado in 2023," Hauser prefaced before saying, "He was the first true freshman in school history with 250+ rushing and receiving yards in the same season. While that was the introduction, he'll look to build on those numbers in the fall and has unfinished business outside of football.

"Edwards was added to CU's track and field roster on Friday as a sprinter. The former Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year was a multi-sport athlete in high school and will continue on a similar path for the Buffs. He won the Under Armour All-America Game fastest man competition with a 40-yard dash time of 4.41 second. Taking the top spot to beat out Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor, who's currently at South Carolina."

How Coach Prime wants to use Dylan Edwards in Colorado football offense

Back in November, as the Buffs' bowl hopes were faded and Shedeur Sanders was staring at a shutdown for the season with the punishment piling up from all the hits his offensive line was allowing him to take, Coach Prime talked about what role he envisioned for Edwards; who once elicited Heisman talk from 247Sports' Brad Crawford.

“We got to figure out ways to get him the ball in space,” Sanders said. “Dylan Edwards is not a between-the-tackle type of guy. The kid is only about 160 pounds, but he’s the toughest 160 pounds you’ll ever want to meet. That’s on us to figure out ways to get him the ball in space and allow him to do what he’s capable of doing.

“In that first game, you saw him explode because all those plays darn near were from tackle-out. We got to do a better job of getting him the ball in space so he can be who he is. He’s a phenomenal player.”

While Edwards won't be a Heisman, he will be a two-sport athlete as the Buffs transition from the Pac-12 to the Big 12.