When fall practice begins today, the Florida Gators will welcome 18 newcomers to the team. Florida's…
Edwards was very solid in his first day as a linebacker, picking off two passes in the pass drill and showing himself to be a threat for playing time from day one. I spoke with Edwards coming off the practice field following his first workout as a Gator.
LV: What was it like to get out here, and finally, officially start your college career?
LE: It was great to see all the competition with all my classmates. The number one recruiting class, what can I say? I was looking forward to coming out here and working with them. It was a real privilege being around them.
LV: What impressed you about the guys as a group once you got out there?
LE: Just the way we came together. This is our first time, you know and we clicked like husband and wife. There's a lot of love on the team for each other and so once we got out here it was easy.
LV: The veterans on the team are trying to defend a national championship, but it's all new for you guys. Does that give you a different motivation at this stage?
LE: No, I think it will be the same because we want it as well as much as they do. So I think the transition doesn't matter because they want it again and we want the same thing.
LV: How hard is the transition to linebacker?
LE: It's not a hard transition at all. I'm just using the skills I learned in high school and applying them the best that I can to better myself and to help the team.
LV: You're closer to the action now, do you like that?
LE: Yes sir!
LV: You had a couple of picks out there, what was going on?
LE: Well, there are my safety skills coming in. It was all due to coaching, I was well coached so I was in the right place at the right time.
LV: Is it going to help your transition to linebacker, especially in the passing game because you have the ball skills from playing safety?
LE: Yes it will. Being a safety in high school, plus the great coaching that we have here I should be able to make the transition like that.
LV: The Gators need help right away at linebacker. Do you think you'll be ready to play opening day?
LE: I hope so. I'm going to work hard to get to that point and if so, thank you Lord. If not I'll just keep working.
If he's healthy, he'll be ready.