Arin Gentry

Cincinnati Bearcats senior Zach Edwards is ready for game one of the 2016 season.

Bearcat Insider was able to catch up with senior safety Zach Edwards as the Bearcats prepare to take on Tennessee Martin in their season opener this Thursday at Nippert Stadium.

As the Bearcats prepare for their first game of the season, this Thursday night in Nippert Stadium, Zach Edwards is preparing to play his first game of his final season with the Bearcats. Edwards has been a leader for the Bearcats, being named All-American Athletic Conference Honorable Mention and recording multiple tackles in all 12 games he played last season. He looks forward to his final season with the Bearcats and he is definitely one to watch for on the defense. Check out his interview:

Bearcat Insider: What things are you doing to prepare for the first game on Thursday?

Edwards: "We're treating our bodies and doing a lot of film study. We're trying to get down the raw concepts and Tennessee Martin's tendencies."

Bearcat Insider: Going into your first game of your final season, how does it feel for you?

Edwards: "It's been a long time coming, it's really exciting, and I feel good about it."

Bearcat Insider: Do you consider yourself to be a leader on the team?

Edwards: "I feel like they just put me in that role. I never wanted to be in that role, it just got put upon me. The younger guys look up to me so it feels good to be a leader."

Bearcat Insider: Are there any games you're looking forward to?

Edwards: "Actually every game, it's just one game at a time. I'm not really looking ahead to any games."

Bearcat Insider: Going into your final season, what kind of goals do you have set for yourself?

Edwards: "We just want to win a conference championship and get to that bowl game."

Bearcat Insider: Talk to me about being from Middletown and going to school and playing so close to home. 

Edwards: "It's a blessing to be so close to home. You have your family come watch you play. A lot of these guys are from Florida or somewhere else and they talk about how they wish they could go home and I'm right down the street, it's really a blessing."

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