When Tommy Tuberville looks for pieces that will allow him to run the ball more, one of the most key players on his chess board is a mauling guard whose career as a blocker will have come full circle.
Coming out of Brownsboro High School, Scout.com ranked Edwards as a four-star prospect and one of the top-20 guards in the country, following a season where Edwards put up 75 pancakes. That year, Brownsboro rushed for a whopping 3,343 yards, often barreling behind Edwards' expansive backside. But instead of inking with a run-first program out of high school, Edwards went the other direction, signing with pass-happy Texas Tech under the direction of mad bomber Mike Leach.
It didn't take the 320-pound Edwards long to get started. He appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman, then started 10 games as a left guard as a sophomore. As a junior, now under Tuberville, Edwards blossomed into arguably the Red Raiders' most dependable offensive lineman, starting all 13 games and earning All-Big 12 second-team honors.
Now, heading into his senior year, he'll be one of the keys toward Texas Tech making a successful transition from Air Raid to ground troops.
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