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Former UMass Running Back Stacey Bedell Transfers to Stony Brook

After announcing he would leave the program, Stacey Bedell has decided to head back to Long Island and the FCS.

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The UMass Minutemen will have a very deep running back corps next season, but absent from that group will be Stacey Bedell. After announcing his intention to transfer last week, Bedell has settled on FCS SUNY-Stony Brook.

A Long Island native, Bedell will be transferring closer to home where he played high school football for Floyd High School in Suffolk County. His senior year at Floyd, Bedell rushed for 2,532 yards with 39 touchdowns while earning a share of the Hansen Award, given annually to the county's top football player, per Newsday and Maroon Musket.

"We're really excited to add Stacey to our program," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said, in a official release. "Stacey is a tremendous athlete who can affect the game in many ways. We're fortunate that he's decided to come back to Suffolk County and continue his academic and athletic career at Stony Brook."

Stony Brook went 5-6 this season, but gave Buffalo a scare early in the season. The Sea Wolves pushed the Bulls to five overtimes before falling 26-23. Adding Bedell gives them another weapon on offense and, more importantly, one that will be available immediately because of the FBS to FCS transfer rules.

Bedell rushed for 301 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 88 yards in eight games this season.