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

*** Honors Candidate *** 

Career: A walk-on when he first came to Eastern, Edwards says he had a “chip on his shoulder” after he graduated from high school with no college scholarship offers, and says, “I’ve worked really hard to prove everybody wrong.” He has started a team-leading 37 games in his career and has played in all 38 EWU games the past three seasons. He has started the last 29 games, and the only start he has missed in his 38-game career was to allow a senior to start on Senior Day in 2009. He has had six performances with at least 10 catches in his career, and seven with at least 100 yards. Edwards has 29 touchdown receptions to rank second in school history, 17 behind the school record of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05). Edwards has caught a total of 178 passes (fourth all-time at EWU) for 2,198 yards (10th), and has scored a total of 176 points (11th) with 29 touchdowns overall (fifth). Former Eastern quarterback and Walter Payton Award winner Bo Levi Mitchell said Edwards reminds him of Jerry Rice, and has called some of the plays he has made “Rice-esque.” The wide receiver trio of Edwards, Greg Herd and Brandon Kaufman have combined for 99 games worth of experience (69 starts), and have collective totals of 405 catches for 5,475 yards and 56 touchdowns. All three players have earned All-America honors and have a 1,000-yard receiving season to their credit. Edwards and Herd were once teammates on a league championship youth football team in Tacoma, Wash. Edwards was in fourth grade and played wide receiver for the team, and Herd was in third grade. Amazingly, considering that he eventually became a quarterback and wide receiver in later years, Herd played right guard on the squad.

2012: Has been named as a first team preseason All-American by The Sports Network, Athlon College Football Preview, Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview, AnyGivenSaturday.com and Beyond Sports College Network. The Sports Network has chosen him as one of the top 10 wide receivers to watch in FCS football, and a similar list ranks him No. 2 among all FCS wide receivers by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview (Brandon Kaufman is No. 6 and Greg Herd is No. 13, while Aaron Mellette of Elon holds down the No. 1 position). College Football Performance Awards selected Edwards and Herd as two of the top 38 returning wide receivers in FCS in 2012. Was selected to the preseason All-Big Sky Conference squad and Phil Steele also lists him as a first team preseason All-Big Sky selection. Listed as a starter at wide receiver on preseason depth chart. At the end of spring practices, he was one of three players receiving an “Iron Eagle” Award for achievements in the off-season in strength and conditioning and the classroom. In four spring scrimmages, he caught 12 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

2011: Edwards was selected to nine NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America teams – including seven first team selections – after catching a school-record 95 passes for 1,250 yards and 19 touchdowns to lead the FCS. He earned first team accolades from American Football Coaches Association, The Sports Network, College Sporting News “Fabulous Fifty”, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Phil Steele Publications, Beyond Sports College Network and College Sports Journal, and second team accolades from Associated Press and Collegesportsmadness.com. Earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors and was selected as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. He started all 11 Eastern games, and his 95 grabs broke the school record previously set by Eric Kimble with 87 in 12 games in 2005. His receptions rank 20th in FCS history and third all-time in the Big Sky, and his average of 8.64 catches per game is fifth in BSC history. The 19 touchdown receptions Edwards had equaled the school record of 19 set in 2004 by Kimble, who owns the top two receiving yardage marks with 1,453 in 2004 and 1,419 in 2005. Edwards finished the season with 1,250 yards to rank fifth all-time at Eastern, his 19 touchdowns overall are fourth and his 116 points scored rank fourth. Edwards finished the 2011 season ranked fourth in FCS in receptions per game (8.64) and fourth in receiving yards per game (113.6). He had performances of 13 catches (second in school history), two of 12 (eighth), 11 (12th) and two of 10 (20th) in the 2011 season, and had nine catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns versus Portland State (10/29/11). His 13 receptions – second-best in school history behind the record of 17 – came against South Dakota (9/10/11). Edwards earned a variety of national NCAA Football Championship Subdivision honors, including The Sports Network/Fathead.com co-National Player of Week, after tying a school record with four touchdown receptions in EWU’s 42-35 come-from-behind overtime victory over Sacramento (10/22/11). He also earned National Performer of the Week and National Wide Receiver of the Week from College Football Performance Awards, and earned Beyond Sports College Network FCS Player of the Week accolades. Edwards was named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week as well, giving EWU a string of three-straight weeks in winning the award. Against the Hornets, Edwards finished with 11 catches for a career-high 192 receiving yards, and had TD catches of 35, 16, 39 and 22 yards from Bo Levi Mitchell. His four TD catches were a school record, sharing the record with Jamie Buenzli (versus Nevada on Sept. 12, 1987) and Joe Pierce (versus Central Washington on Sept. 13, 2003). Three of Edwards’ TD catches came in the fourth quarter, and he added a 17-yard reception in overtime that set-up EWU’s go-ahead touchdown. The 11 catches for Edwards versus the Hornets equaled the 11th-most in school history (now 12th) and his 192 yards ranks ninth. He opened the season against Washington (9/3/11) with 12 grabs for 108 yards and a touchdown. His performance helped Eastern to a dominating 504-250 advantage in total offense in the 30-27 loss, as he was one of four Eastern receivers to record career highs for receptions and yards in the game. He earned honorable mention nationally by the College Football Performance Awards for his performances against Weber State (10/1/11), PSU and ISU (11/19/11). Four times he earned team offensive player of the week accolades (South Dakota, Weber State, Sac State, PSU). Edwards earned second team preseason All-Big Sky Conference honors by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview.

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 equaled the 13th-most in school history (now 15th). 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 what was then 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 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 wide receiver. 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: Recreation management major. Born 12/23/89 in Tacoma, Wash. One of his workout partners in Tacoma was Joe Rubin, a fellow Foss grad and former running back at Big Sky rival Portland State.

 

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

2011

11

95

13

1250

13.2

8.6

19

59t

Totals

38

178

13

2198

12.3

4.7

29

59t

 

Top Receiving Performances
13 receptions (#2 in EWU history), 138 yards, 1 TD - South Dakota - 9/10/11
12 receptions (#8), 106 yards, 3 TD - Idaho State 11/19/11
12 receptions (#8), 108 yards, 1 TD - Washington - 9/3/11
11 receptions (#12), 192 yards (#9), 4TD (#1) - Sacramento State - 10/22/11
10 receptions, (#20), 136 yards, 2 TD - Cal Poly - 11/12/11
10 receptions, (#20), 115 yards, 2 TD - Weber State - 10/1/11
9 receptions, 166 yards (#23), 3 TD - Portland State - 10/29/11
9 receptions, 82 yards, 2 TD - Villanova - 12/17/10
8 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD - Southeast Missouri - 12/4/10
8 receptions, 73 yards, 1 TD - Northern Arizona - 10/9/10

 
 
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