Maryland Football: Avery Edwards Has Star Potential


Sep 19, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins tight end Avery Edwards (82) catches a touchdown pass defended by South Florida Bulls linebacker Nigel Harris (57) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland Terrapins football team lacks star power as it stands today. However, the roster is full of raw young talent that has yet to be developed. One of those players who could become a household name in the very near future is freshman tight end Avery Edwards.

The former North Carolina commit enjoyed his breakout game last Saturday against South Florida, catching three passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns. When Edwards caught his first collegiate touchdown pass, he spiked the ball emphatically, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Can you blame him? That’s something most kids only dream of. Edwards, on the other hand, is living it.

Over the past few seasons, the tight end position has been pretty much an afterthought at Maryland. Tight ends have had little to no impact on offense. Edwards recorded more touchdown receptions in Week 3 than all of the tight ends combined a season ago.

There is no Stefon Diggs. There is no Deon Long. The Terps currently don’t have a consistent receiving threat in the fold. But, Randy Edsall may have a player who has the potential to revolutionize the tight end position in College Park. 

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Edwards’ skill set definitely can create some matchup problems for opposing defenders. He stands 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, yet is athletic enough to make big plays in space. “It just allows you to distribute the ball to a lot of different people,” Edsall said of the impact his young tight end could have.

There’s no doubt that the emergence of Edwards points to growth for this Terps’ offense. Not only will he continue to shine, but it opens up more opportunities for the wide receivers around him.

If Edwards develops even further, Maryland could be building something special offensively. He, receivers Taivon Jacobs and D.J. Moore, and running back Ty Johnson are all on the rise. Enter 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and wideouts Tino Ellis and D.J. Turner. This offense could be potentially dangerous in a couple years.

For now, look for Edwards to blossom into one of Caleb Rowe‘s favorite weapons. He’s just what the doctor ordered for Maryland.

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