Aquinas alum Edwards named FCS National Special Teams Player of Week

Earnest Edwards
(Photo: Ronald Gillis)

By BILLY HEYEN

University of Maine receiver Earnest Edwards (Aquinas) was named the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week. Edwards returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in Maine’s 35-21 win at Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y.

Edwards scored three times overall in the Black Bears’ win: He caught a 40-yard touchdown in the second quarter, returned the second half’s opening kickoff 100 yards, then returned a later kickoff 95 yards to complete the touchdown trifecta. His 198 kickoff return yards were a new Maine record.

“The kick returns, it was just the blocking honestly,” Edwards told Spectrum News. “They did a great job holding their man, give me a lane, I just used my speed. It felt real good to back at home in New York, two hours away from home, 30 plus people here, my family, I just had to show for them.”

Edwards, a senior, has returned six kickoffs for touchdowns in his Maine career, a school record, and holds the Black Bears’ career mark with 2,025 total kick return yards.

In all four Maine games this season, Edwards has been a part of at least one touchdown. He caught three passes for 84 yards and a score in Week 1, then he threw a touchdown on a reverse in Week 2. He had his best receiving game in Week 3, reeling in six passes for 116 yards and a score, before his trio of touchdowns on Saturday.

Edwards was part of a 2018 Maine team which made the national semifinals before losing to Eastern Washington. 

In his time in Section V, Edwards made All-Greater Rochester in both his junior and senior seasons, 2014 and 2015. He was a member of the 2013 and 2015 Class AA state championship Lil’ Irish squads. Edwards is one of more than 50 former Section V players on Division I football rosters this fall.

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