Mike Edwards closing in on history

Freddie Maggardover 3 years

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Kentucky Safety/Nickel Mike Edwards announced that he will bypass an early entry to the NFL and return to the Wildcats for his senior season. Edwards has been a picture of consistency in a secondary that experienced highs and lows in 2017. This decision was somewhat of a surprise as many expected the All-SEC defender to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mike Edwards is nearing “all-timer” status. There are 18 Kentucky defensive players that are members of the esteemed 300-Tackle Club. With 236 through three seasons, the hard hitting defensive back is 64 tackles shy of the coveted 300-mark. Of the eighteen 300-tackle members, safety Darryl Bishop is the only defensive back. The former Cat great registered 348 tackles from 1971 through 1973. Edwards is 112 tackles short of being Kentucky’s all-time leader as a defensive back.

The Mike Edwards File

Year

Total Tackles

Tackles for Loss

Interceptions

2015

39

2

1

2016

100

5.5

3

2017

97

4

4

Total

236

11.5

8

Mike Edwards is not only closing in on historical marks within the Kentucky Football program, he’s also been the SEC’s top defensive back tackler for two consecutive seasons. 2016 saw the sophomore rack up 100 tackles which ranked first amongst all league DB’s and sixth overall. 2017 was more of the same. Edwards registered 97 tackles which the most for an SEC secondary player as well as listing ninth overall.

Kentucky’s 300-Tackle Club is an exclusive group that includes 12 linebackers, five defensive linemen, but just one defensive back. Mike Edwards has averaged 98.5 tackles over the past two seasons and is 64 stops away from entrance into an historic assembly of Wildcat defenders. Mike Edwards is closing in on history.

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2021-09-16