Edwards Improving Each Week

Freshman safety Zach Edwards has gained the respect of his coaches and teammates as he continues to grow as a player.

The Cincinnati Bearcats suffered a tough loss this past week against South Florida. However, the season must go on and they will look to rebound against Temple at home on Friday night.

For the Bearcats to get that rebound win players will have to continue to step up in big moments. Freshman Zach Edwards has been playing good football for the Bearcats secondary and seems to be improving every week as he gets more in tune with big time college football. Edwards must continue to play well and show that he belongs on the field for the Bearcats to get a win on Friday.

"We just have to go out there and play our ball," said Edwards after practice. "When times get hard we have to stay together."

Although he is young the Bearcats freshman safety has matured and grown into someone the defense can rely on. Edwards has been a guy who can stop the opposing offense through the air and on the ground.

He has made several plays in the passing game and also shown he can come up and stop the run. Today in practice you could tell he was more comfortable with his surroundings.

"The team has more trust in me now, " Edwards said after practice. "In the beginning I really wasn't vocal but my teammates have talked to me and encouraged me to be more vocal and be a leader."

So far this season Edwards has tallied 9 tackles, a forced fumble, and 1 interception. His presence on the field is beginning to take shape as he grows and matures as a football player. For the Bearcats to get the win on Saturday he must continue to play smart football and cause havoc to the opposition.

The Friday night game against Temple will be played at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. This is an odd start time for college football but will be good exposure for the Bearcats who look to improve on a 3-2 record and get their first win in conference play. When Edwards was asked about the start time he has this to say.

"Any day can be game day. It doesn't matter if its Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. When the lights come on I'll be ready to play."

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