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Redshirt-freshman running back transfers from Georgia Southern

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The Eagles will have one less option in the backfield this fall.

Redshirt-freshman running back Andrew Cunningham (25) announced his intentions to transfer from the Georgia Southern program Tuesday.
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Andrew Cunningham, a former three-star running back, announced on Tuesday his intentions to leave the Georgia Southern football program.

“I want to thank Coach [Chad] Lunsford and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level,” Cunningham said in a tweet. “After much consideration, I will no longer be attending Georgia Southern University after this semester and will be exploring other options.”

In the 2018 recruiting class, the running back from Tampa, Florida was a National Signing Day eve surprise. The three-star athlete injured his knee his senior season, losing interest from major programs after gaining 67 Division 1 offers.

Though he suffered the injury, Cunningham still put up three 100+ yard games and 10 rushing touchdowns in his final season at Cambridge Christian School.

After spring practices, Cunningham was one of nine running backs on the 2019 roster. One of those running backs is Oklahoma State transfer J.D. King who is currently still ineligible for the 2019 season.

There is speculation that Cunningham’s transfer may be due to King’s possible eligibility, however. King played through spring ball and had more than 100 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in GS’ two scrimmages compared to Cunningham’s 32 yards on nine carries.

At running back, redshirt-sophomores Logan Wright and Matt LaRoche are expected to carry much of the load. Junior Wesley Kennedy III should be featured at slotback for the Eagles.