Edwards Looking to Continue Growth

While some considered Zach Edwards a wide receiver out of college, Cincinnati saw a high level defensive back and the local product has not disappoint his coaches since the move.

After racking up 58 total tackles and two interceptions in his freshman for the University of Cincinnati, sophomore safety from Middletown, Ohio Zach Edwards looks to make a much bigger impact on the defensive side of the ball come the start of fall.

For a freshman safety to reach 50+ tackles and get multiple interceptions is quite the impressive feat, but when it comes to Edwards, he knows that he has to step up to the curve still in order to be a great safety. Edwards, who was originally recruited as a wide receiver from Middletown (Ohio) High School, was rated a two-star wide receiver in the 2012 class, but has found his calling at Cincinnati on the defensive side of the ball.

During his prep career Edwards would earn second-team All-Southwest District honors as a senior at Middletown High. As a defensive back he recorded 40 solo tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one touchdown and at wide receiver he recorded 17 receptions for 251 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.

Insider caught up with Edwards after practice to talk about his role in the secondary and how he feels that he can make a bigger contribution to the team.

"I've been working with the coaches a lot more closely than I did last season," Edwards said. "We have to learn the new defensive schemes and there are a few growing pains that come along with it, but it's all worth it in the end."

When Edwards was asked about the new defensive coordinators and if the defense felt any different from last year, he seemingly didn't find much of a difference in the schemes.

"It's nothing major that has changed with the defense over the past season and offseason. The schemes and the plays are basically the same but they just have different names and cadences and it will take a little while to work the kinks out. But we'll have it mastered by the time the season starts."

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