FORT WAYNE – The occasional talk around the coaches film sessions is about right tackle Cam Edwards and his athleticism; how well he moves for a man his size. Decent quickness. Good first step. That sort of thing.
The junior is surprisingly nimble, which makes him attractive to the coaches – both the offensive ones who instruct him and the defensive ones who try to stop him. At 6-feet-4, 310 pounds, he is more than a big body. He is an athlete – so much so that hes been known to participate in some pickup basketball games, which is where this particular saga of Cam Edwards begins.
It was during a game earlier this winter when Edwards felt a pop in his foot and later discovered it was fractured.
Because its never a pleasant conversation when a football player has to tell his coaches that he broke his foot playing basketball, Edwards kept the injury to himself. Instead, he waited for the prime opportunity – a supervised football agility drill – to complain about the foot.
But when doctors took a closer look at the X-rays, they saw an old fracture that had not completely healed.
I really didnt tell them how it started, Edwards said. I didnt tell them the basketball part. I led them to believe that it was the L drill that got me. (Offensive line) Coach (Trevor) Miller was kind of upset. He thought it was his fault.
Eventually, Edwards said, I told them the real truth.
The foot healed. So did the relationship with his coaches.
He knows it got me a little angry, Miller said. Hes not a kid who fools around. But I busted his chops a little bit.
Now Edwards is back to wowing em on the field and in the film room.
Hes a great player, Miller said. Hes obviously the biggest we have, by far. Hes extremely strong, and hes got good technique.
The thing about our level thats rare is to get someone his size who can move the way he can move. We expect him to be a lock down player. We dont think hes going to get beat by anyone he faces.
Although he attended Bloomington North, which is just a few miles away from Indiana Universitys Memorial Stadium, Edwards never got a scholarship offer from IU. A few smaller schools – Indiana State, being one – wanted him, but he wasnt sure where he wanted to go.
And along came Saint Francis.
It was God that brought me here, Edwards said. Im big in religion and all of that. I knew it was for some reason I got put in Saint Francis. I was a little down and out (that Indiana didnt offer), but as soon as I realized what kind of program it was and how successful its been – everybody likes to win. – I came here. Id get to play football for another four years, at least.
Under Edwards leadership, the Saint Francis offense rolled up 522 total yards and 33 first downs in the Cougars 45-38 loss to No. 1-ranked Marian on Saturday.
He played well, Miller said of his biggest offensive lineman. They all did.