Dinwiddie lineman Jacob Edwards (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Diamond in the rough: Dinwiddie lineman Jacob Edwards
by Byron Jones, recruit804
K’ymon Pope, Cedric Drumgoole, Cirdale Lucess, Tyre Dalton, and Cla’trey Reese have been household names and big-time playmakers for the Generals all season long. Their names are typically the ones plastered on the front-page headlines of sports publications. However, one individual who has flown under the radar this season and has been as equally important to this team’s success, is senior offensive/defensive lineman Jacob Edwards.
Standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing just north of 300 lbs, Edwards strength, speed, and stamina have created problems for opposing coaches all season long. Nobody has figured out a way to wear him down. If he’s not pancaking a defensive lineman or working his way to the second level to punish a middle-linebacker from his offensive-tackle position, he is delivering bone crushing hits to opposing running backs from his defensive tackle position.
When asked about his offseason conditioning Edwards replied, “I mean… It’s about your stamina. Most people that are big have it in their head that they can’t run and they can’t last that long. But that’s all in your head. You can go a lot further than you can, you just have to push yourself.” Assistant Coach David Davis stated, “He’s a football player. He never comes off the field. He wants to do his job and take care of business no matter where we put him.”
Through twelve games this season, Edwards has recorded 76 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Jacob’s biggest individual game of the year was against Hopewell, where he recorded twelve total stops, seven of which were solo. Offensively, Jacob has recorded close to 40 pancake blocks.
When asked how he could best describe Edwards development as a player over the years, Coach Davis stated, “Jacob is a program player. He’s going to work 24/7 and fight for you. Epitomizes the lunch pail mentality and is a kid any coach would be privileged to have in their program. He’s worked hard his entire time here with us and now it’s paying off for him.” he explained.
At this point, Jacob has yet to land any collegiate offers but that may soon change. When asked what he would like college coaches to know about him, Edwards replied, “I’m not going to stop working. I’m always getting better and I’ll work harder than anybody… That’s what got me to where I am now.” Coach Davis believes wherever he winds up that program will be getting a tremendous steal. “Jacob is a high-quality kid with great character. He never has an excuse. His size, athleticism, and work ethic will allow him to be a dominant offensive guard, tackle, or defensive lineman in college. He’s a diamond in the rough.”
Edwards and Dinwiddie County (11-1) return to action this Friday night in the Division 4 Region B Championship game against the Eastern View Cyclones (12-0) This will be Dinwiddie’s third consecutive appearance in the title game. Last season Dinwiddie fell to eventual State Runner-Up Louisa County 38-27 in the Regional Finals after defeating Eastern View in the Regional Semi-Finals. Kickoff is slated for 7PM @ Huguenot High School.
– Byron Jones