Edds has settled out as Iowa's #1 ‘LEO' linebacker after spring drills. Edds, along with Mike Klinkenborg and Mike Humpal will form Iowa's linebacking corp in 2007. We caught up with Edds just after Iowa's final spring practice back on April 14th, and here is what he had to say: Q: What was it like getting back out in front of the crowd again (during the last spring practice)?
AJ Edds: It's good to have a change of scenery off of the practice field and getting in front of the people. It gets you ready for the season. After a sub-par year, seeing all the fans coming out here in the spring and supporting us more than ever; that puts it back on the team to come out and have a good season. It's looking pretty good, all of that support. It's fun.
Q: Are you disappointed that practices are over?
Edds: I don't know that I would say disappointment, but it's a time to recharge your batteries a bit. We are still working out hard. But like you said, we focus on class and then head into the summer strong and go into fall camp.
Q: Which side of the ball do you prefer to play, offense or defense?
Edds: My personal preference is to play defense. At the same time, if it was in my best interest to play offense, that is where I would be. If you look at that tight ends here the last four or five years, you can't argue with their success. The coaches put me in the best situation to be successful; I have confidence in them that they would change me if they needed to. I played both in high school and was recruited to play both.
Q: Did Iowa talk with you about playing both tight end and linebacker during the recruiting process? I think late in your recruitment, I think it was Purdue that came in and said they would let you play tight end, too, since they knew you were leaning towards Iowa and Iowa had you as a tight end.
Edds: I came out to the summer camp, to Iowa for the one day and I worked as a linebacker the first half of camp and then they asked me to work out with tight ends for the second half. After I did that, they offered me as a tight end because I could run. After Purdue learned that I was leaning towards Iowa, they changed their tone and told me I could play where I wanted. My thing through recruiting was that I didn't care where I played, I just wanted to see some time. I didn't want to be on the bottom of the depth chart for four years. A lot of that depends on the player. It wasn't just Purdue, a lot of schools said I could play where I wanted to. That is one of those deals that once you get into camp and you see how things go. I was indifferent to it all in high school.
The AJ Edds File
NOTES: One of three true freshman to see action in 2006 . . . started at outside linebacker in win over Purdue in sixth game of the season . . . moved from tight end to linebacker during pre-season practice.
2006 Honors - - Selected to first team all-Big Ten Freshman team by The Sporting News . . . selected to honorable mention Freshman all-America team by The Sporting News.