Edwards Growing from Adversity

After two seasons of winning football, Downers Grove (Ill.) North senior quarterback, and Wisconsin tight end commit, David Edwards is learning how to be a positive team leader during tough times on the field.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. - Over the past two seasons, David Edwards has been a part of a bunch of wins and playoff runs for the Downers Grove North Trojans.

This year Edwards is learning about football from the other side of the coin, especially when it comes to dealing with adversity.

“We’re a young team, and that’s not an excuse, but I think we’re starting to figure it out now what it takes to be a good team,” Edwards told Badger Nation. “I’ve learned that I feel like I lead by example, but I need to work on leading with my voice. I’m starting to get better with that and improve every day. Our record really doesn’t show what kind of team we have.”

That frustration factor continued Friday when Downers Grove South sent North to its fifth straight loss in a 35-13 road victory on a rainy night in suburban Chicago. The 6-6, 225-pound Edwards – the team’s quarterback – showed a fair balance of athleticism under center and was responsible for a touchdown, but wasn’t able to prevent his first career loss to his cross-town rivals.

But the points have been few and far between. North (1-5) has scored only 54 points through six games (9.0 ppg). That might be able to scratch out a few wins if it wasn’t for a defense that has given up 155 (25.8). While they are eliminated from the playoffs with only three games remaining, Edwards still has high expectations to close out one chapter of his football career.

“Losing (to South) doesn’t change our mentality,” said Edwards. “Our goal is to finish the season strong. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, a lot of focus. I feel like these few games we should do OK.”

Since committing to Wisconsin in June, Edwards – a four-star prospect - said he hasn’t heard from any coaching staff other than his future one. It’s been a dream scenario for him.

“That’s how I wanted it to be,” said Edwards, who will play tight end at Wisconsin. “When I committed, I wanted to worry about that school and no other school. I’m 100 percent with Wisconsin. I’ve never thought of de-committing. It’s good to get it off my plate and enjoy my senior year.”

Due to Saturday morning practices and Wisconsin having played three 11 a.m. home games, Edwards has yet to visit campus for a game. He did plan to go to Wisconsin’s road game at Northwestern over the weekend and is hoping to come to this weekend’s home game against Illinois.

“I’m excited to try and get up there and see everybody again,” said Edwards.

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