11 - Nicholas Edwards
Nicholas Edwards
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High School: Foss HS '08
Position: WR
Experience: 2L*

* Honors Candidate *

Career:  A walk-on when he first came to Eastern, Edwards has started 26 career games, the second-most on the Eagle offense.

2011: Earned second-team preseason All-Big Sky Conference honors by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview. Listed as a starter at wide receiver on preseason depth chart. In four spring scrimmages, he caught 11 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, including a team-leading eight catches for 69 yards and a TD in the Red-White Spring Game.

2010: Started all 15 games as a wide receiver, including EWU’s four playoff games at slot after senior Ashton Gant injured his knee in EWU’s final regular season game of the season. He flourished in Eastern’s offense at that position in the playoffs, catching 26 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns, as he scored at least one TD in each playoff game. He finished the season with 57 catches, which equal the 13th-most in school history. Edwards caught six passes for 74 yards against Delaware (1/7/11) in the NCAA Division I Championship game in Frisco, Texas, as EWU used three long drives in the final 16:48 to rally from a 19-0 deficit for a 20-19 victory. In the middle drive, Bo Levi Mitchell had a 9-yard TD pass to Edwards to pull EWU within 19-13 with 8:16 remaining. In a semifinal victory over Villanova (12/17/10), Edwards caught a career-high nine passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His scoring catches of 31 and 6 yards helped give the Eagles a 20-7 lead in the second quarter of the 41-31 victory. A sliding, 40-yard catch by Edwards on a pass from Mitchell was the longest play during a remarkable, game-tying drive in the in the quarterfinals of the playoffs against North Dakota State (12/11/10). After struggling with five turnovers in the second half during a snowstorm and falling behind 31-24, the Eagles put together a 13-play, 90-yard drive to knot the score with 23 seconds to play. Besides the 40-yard pass connection, Eastern converted two fourth downs and scored the tying touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Mitchell to Edwards. The Eagles went on to win 38-31 in overtime. He had eight catches versus Southeast Missouri State (12/4/10) in EWU’s opener in the playoffs to earn team offensive player of the week honors. Earlier in the season, he had eight grabs for 73 yards and a touchdown versus Northern Arizona (10/9/10) in a 21-14 victory.

2009: Started 11 of Eastern’s 12 games at a wide receiver position. He made his debut against Western Oregon (9/5/09) and had a non-scoring 33-yard catch. He earned a starting position despite the fact EWU had three returning three-year starters at the wide receiver positions. He finished the year with 26 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including 21 grabs in EWU’s final six games when All-American Aaron Boyce was lost for the year with an Achilles injury. Edwards had all three of his touchdowns in Eastern’s final regular season game against Northern Arizona (11/21/09). All three of his catches were scores – 8, 10 and 18 yards – as EWU prevailed 49-45 and clinched a berth in the FCS Playoffs. The following week in the playoffs versus Stephen F. Austin (11/28/09), Edwards had season highs with five catches and 73 yards.

2008: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Foss HS in 2008. He was going to attend Santa Rosa Junior College in California before Eastern invited him to be a walk-on. As a senior, he was the Narrows League Bridge Division Offensive MVP and also earned All-Area honors from the Tacoma News-Tribune. He caught 69 passes for 896 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, he earned first-team all-league honors as a wide receiver, and second-team All-Area accolades. He also earned first-team All-Narrows League honors in basketball and also competed in track and field. His Eagle teammates Allen Brown (’09) and Drew Reynolds (’09) also attended Foss.

Personal: Born 12/23/89 in Tacoma, Wash. Recreation management major.

Year GP   PC   Hi   Yds  Apr  Apg  TD   Lg
2009 12   26   5   334  12.8   2.2  3    42
2010 15   57   9   614  10.8  3.8   7    40
Tot.  27   83   9  948  11.4 3.1  10   42

 

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