UNC Football extends offer to Miami (OH) transfer running back

Just hours after entering the transfer portal, the UNC Football program extended a scholarship offer to this running back transfer in hopes of adding depth in the backfield.

Rashad Amos in action during the Cure Bowl
Rashad Amos in action during the Cure Bowl / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages

Just hours after the college football world resumed business after the Christmas holidays, the UNC Football program made a significant move in hopes of adding another offensive weapon. Early Tuesday morning, Miami (OH) running back Rashad Amos, fresh off a solid performance in the New Mexico Cure Bowl, announced on Twitter/X that he was entering the transfer portal.

Mere minutes later, Amos revealed that he had already received an offer--from North Carolina.

A redshirt sophomore from Fayetteville, Ga., Amos came to Miami (OH) from South Carolina. He decamped from Columbia after getting only 20 carries for 106 yards in two seasons (he redshirted in 2021). Amos had a breakout year in 2023, rushing for 1,075 yards on 210 carries. He ranked third in the Mid-American Conference in rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns, helping lead the RedHawks to a school-record tying 11 wins and a victory in the MAC Championship Game.

Although the RedHawks lost the Cure Bowl 13-9 to Appalachian State, Amos had a banner day with 180 yards on 33 carries. The game had a special meaning for Amos, since his mother, Dee, is a breast cancer survivor; the Cure Bowl was founded to raise money for breast cancer research. For most of the season, Amos had a pink ribbon on his helmet in memory of his mother's fight with the disease.

If Amos does sign with the Tar Heels, he would add some badly needed experience to a running back corps that has very little depth behind Omarion Hampton. The pending graduation of Hampton's backup, British Brooks, only underscores how thin UNC Football presently is at running back.

Caleb Hood, who is third on the depth chart going into the Duke's Mayo Bowl behind Hampton and Brooks, rushed for only 43 yards on 15 carries in 2023. The only other running back on the roster with significant collegiate experience is Elijah Green, UNC Football's second-leading rusher in 2022 behind Drake Maye.

If the Tar Heels can land Amos and he shows anything, even approaching his 2023 form, suffice it to say, it will make life a lot easier for Hampton and the rest of the offense.

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