2012 Mizzou Graduate (May)
Returns for his 2nd season as a starter, and brings excellent athleticism and abilities to the position ... Holds down the top spot at one corner position, opposite fellow running mate E.J. Gaines ... Has 37 games of experience under his belt ... Earned his undergraduate degree in May of 2012, meaning he'll play the 2012 season as a graduate student.
Won the starting job for the first time in his career, and responded with a solid season, as he started all 11 games in which he appeared (missed two of the first three games of the year with a hamstring injury) ... Closed the year strong when he made 7 tackles and broke up 2 passes in MU's bowl win over North Carolina ... Made his first career start and first appearance of the 2011 season at Arizona State, where he finished with 3 tackles ... led all Tigers with 10 tackles against Oklahoma, 7 solo and 3 assisted ... had 3 tackles and an interception against Kansas State, his first pick of the season and the 3rd of his career ... recorded 7 tackles against Oklahoma State while also forcing his 1st fumble of the season ... had another 7-tackle performance the following week against Texas A&M, where he also broke up a pass ... had a big game at Baylor, recording 4 solo tackles and forcing a fumble at the goal line of eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin to prevent a score by the Bears...
Emerged as a mainstay in the secondary for the Tiger defense, as he was on the field significantly in pass situations as an extra defensive back ... Turned in career-high numbers in most every category, including tackles (36), tackles for loss (5.0) and passes broken up (6), while also grabbing an interception and a QB sack, as well ... Had two tackles (both solo stops) in the season opener against Illinois ... One of his tackles vs. the Illini went for a loss of three yards ... Made two stops (both solos) against McNeese State, including one for loss ... Had three tackles, including one TFL against San Diego State ... Also had a pass break-up against SDSU ... Had two tackles against Miami (Ohio) ... Had a season-high seven tackles against Colorado ... Notched his second career interception in the fourth quarter against CU, returning it 49 yards and helping to secure Mizzou's second consecutive home shutout of the Buffaloes ... Had 1.5 TFLs against Colorado, including a fourth-quarter sack ... Made three tackles against Texas A&M and added three more stops in the win over Oklahoma ... Had three tackles, including one TFL against Nebraska ... Recorded a pair of stops and added a pass break-up against Texas Tech ... Made three tackles against Kansas State ... Recorded two tackles in the shutout of Iowa State and had three stops against Kansas.
Played in all 13 games on the season and ended with 20 tackles, including 10 of which came in the final four games of the season as he saw his playing time increase on defense toward the latter part of the year ... Closed the regular season by grabbing his first career interception in Arrowhead Stadium against rival Kansas, which he returned for 10 yards just prior to halftime ... Ended the KU game with two tackles and two pass break ups, as well ... Saw his first collegiate action against Illinois in the season opener, recording one stop ... Had two tackles against Furman and added two more at Nevada ... Made a pair of tackles against Oklahoma State ... Had two tackles in the win over Colorado ... Recorded back-to-back three-tackle games against Kansas State and Iowa State ... Began fall camp listed second on the depth chart at one corner spot, after moving up a spot during a hotly-contested spring camp session that saw him end things in the annual spring game by nabbing an interception and returning it over 60 yards for a near-touchdown.
Redshirted in his first season in the Tiger program, and was impressive throughout the year as part of the defensive scout team ... Won the team's defensive Back-Up Player of the Week award for his efforts during preparation for Mizzou's game at Baylor.
Ranked by Rivals as the nation's No. 42 cornerback prospect, as well as the No. 97 overall prospect (any position) in the state of Texas .. Named a midlands all-region player by PrepStar Magazine ... Named a First-Team All-State player as a senior in 2007, as he recorded 65 tackles, broke up 15 passes and nabbed seven INTs, while blocking two punts and one field goal on special teams units ... high school coach - Kenny Perry.
Parents - Kip & Lecia Edwards ... Majoring in hotel and restaurant management ... Says that Mizzou's academic reputation and dedication to students, as well as the relationship he forged with MU's coaches were all instrumental in his choosing to become a Tigers ... Chose Mizzou over Wisconsin, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisville and Kansas, among others.
EDWARDS' CAREER STATS