NORMAL — Illinois State cornerback Willie Edwards and defensive end Jason Harris announced Friday on Twitter they will not return for their senior football seasons as a Redbird.
"My time playing at Illinois State University has come to an end," Edwards said on his Twitter feed. "I've established bonds with some of the most influential people/friends that will continue for a lifetime. I have to make decisions based on what I think is best for my future. Nonetheless, thank you ISU."
Edwards was a two-year starter at cornerback, totaling 40 tackles and one interception in 2018 over eight games. The Wichita, Kan., native missed the final three games with an injury.
Harris started 32 games over the past three seasons. The son of former NFL player Al Harris was credited with 26 tackles and one sack in 2018. Harris had 40 tackles in 2017 and 39 in 2016.
"I am extremely thankful for Illinois State University and the amazing memories and friendships I have created over the years here," Harris said on Twitter. "I have reflected and prayed about what is best for me and my future, My family and I have decided it is time for a change."
Edwards and Harris both indicated they would like to join another program as a graduate transfer.
"You won't find many cornerbacks as physical as myself, period," Edwards added on Twitter. "My journey will continue."
"I am opening up my recruitment and will be a graduate transfer at the end of this current spring semester," said Harris. "I am ready for the blessings God has in store for me."