Lamonte Edwards Continues Strong Play

Lamonte Edwards, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound LB/RB from Woodbury who committed to Minnesota in March, bounced back from a high ankle sprain to rush 23 times for 169 yards and four touchdowns shined for the Royals in their 39-12 win over Forest Lake. Edwards, who became the second in-state player to commit to Minnesota, talked to GoldenSports.Net recently about his decision and senior season

Lamonte Edwards had rushed 53 times for 381 yards (7.2 yards per carry) with seven rushing touchdowns. He finished with 163 yards and three scores on the offensive side in their season-opening win over East Ridge and had two sacks, four tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles, despite playing less than half of the game on the defensive end. Edwards rushed seven times for 50 yards against Park of Cottage Grove in their second game of the season before suffering a high ankle sprain, which kept him out of the Mounds Views game, which was their only loss.

Edwards was also offered by Iowa, Wisconsin, and UAB before verballing to Minnesota in March. He was receiving interest from Northwestern, Nebraska, Michigan State and Notre Dame before committing to the Gophers.

Edwards is glad to get back into the swing of things.

"It was a high ankle sprain. I got treatment from Summer Orthopedics."

Edwards is a competitive player and admits that it was frustrating to be on the sidelines.

"I really wanted to play, but I just came back the next week stronger."

Edwards missed a game and half with the injury, but wanted to get back for last Friday's homecoming game.

"I think so. I didn't want to rush it, but I was going to do everything possible to get it right."

Edwards said that he is working hard to improve as a player.

"I am working on my footwork, being a better team player and trying to be a leader. To show my team by actions and not just words."

Edwards has been mentioned as a possible running back or linebacker for the Gophers. He admits that he has a slight preference.

"Probably offense, just because I feel that I can execute more and I am a better attribute on offense for my team and I can help out more, but I love defense, too."

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