Former Bowie High running back Barrington Edwards has transferred to North Carolina from Louisiana State, where he was a role player for last year's national champions.

NCAA rules will require Edwards to sit out this fall, but he will have three years of eligibility left when he returns to the field in 2005. Last year as a true freshman, he rushed for 169 yards on 41 carries and was mostly used on special teams for the Tigers.

Edwards said he asked LSU Coach Nick Saban for his release in late July because he felt he would not rise above sophomores Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard on the depth chart. Vincent rushed for 1,001 and 10 touchdowns and Broussard added 389 yards and four touchdowns last season.

"The biggest thing I had at LSU is that it was a little too political for me, and I thought they were favoring Justin and Alley because they are two in-state guys," Edwards said. "Now, at North Carolina, I feel I can go in there and have a shot at starting, which I intend to do."

Edwards was one of the country's most coveted recruits in the fall of 2002 despite rushing for fewer than 600 yards for Bowie. He often was used as a decoy in a pass-oriented offense. As a junior, Edwards was a second-team All-Met after rushing for 2,170 yards and 26 touchdowns to lead his team to the Maryland 4A title.

-- Jon Gallo