Edward's former coach has faith in him

Time has come for Georgia fans to appreciate a player that will break all of the receiving records in Georgia history.

Edward's former coach has faith in him

Terrence Edwards has been through three quarterbacks, and two head coaches in his time at Georgia. And even though the standout wide receiver is one of the best in the SEC, often people will remember his drops rather than his catches.

"I just hope that the drop against South Carolina does not define him," said Rick Tomberllin, Edward's high school coach.

"Terrence is a wonderful person, he'll do something to make people remember him in his final season in Athens."

With the emergence of Fred Gibson, Terrence Edwards has been shifted to the back burner of many Georgia fans. Gibson, the outstanding freshman from Ware County, received numerous accolades last season and then, like Edwards in his freshman year at Georgia, played on the basketball team.

Terrence Edwards (Dean Legge)
Edwards getting ready for the 2001 Music City Bowl (Photo: Dean Legge)

But even though much of the focus of late has been on Gibson, it should be noted how important Edwards has been to Georgia throughout his time as a Dawg.

Edwards starts 10 games as a freshman and leads the team in receiving. He has a huge first game (Utah State) and played well against Tennessee (5 catches for 95 yards). He was named to the SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team. Edwards managed eight catches for 97 yards against Purdue in Georgia's 28-25 Outback Bowl win.

Edwards leads the team in receiving for the second straight season. He had three outstanding games (Vandy 5x135, I TD; Tennessee 4x109; and Tech 8x92). He was named the Most Outstanding Player in Georgia's 37-14 Oahu Bowl win over Virginia. In that game he ran 5 times for 97 yards with a touchdown and managed eight receptions for 79 yards.

Edwards leads team in receiving for the third straight season. He had huge games against Houston (4x107, 1 TD) and Auburn (6x124, 1 TD).

Terrence Edwards and Damien Gary (Dean Legge)

Now Edwards is only 285 yards shy of breaking Brice Hunter's all time school receiving record. However, it seems like sometimes more credit has been given to lesser players than Edwards (and I don't mean Gibson by that).

Several players in the recent past have gone through this "treatment" from the Georgia fans where they don't appreciate talent and heart until it is too late. Mike Bobo and Robert Edwards, Terrence's brother, come to mind first.


Edwards and Gary (Photo: Dean Legge)

Time has come for Georgia fans to appreciate a player that will break all of the receiving records in Georgia history. Georgia fans need to remember Edwards not just for the bad, but also for the good (revisionist history is "so Georgia").

Tomberllin is confident that Edwards is learning from past on-the-field mistakes. He says that Edward's is ready for his final season in Athens. 

"I was talking with Coach Richt the other day and he said that Terrence has not dropped a ball all spring practice. He is the leader of the receiving group."

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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