MADISON – Playing one position at the University of Wisconsin is almost unnatural for David Edwards.
Edwards did a little bit of everything for Downers Grove North, playing quarterback, defensive end, outside linebacker and long snapper. His team ran the veer, and he took advantage by totaling more than 2,000 yards of offense. He was a team captain, an all-conference pick and an all-area nominee, success that could be attributed to great football bloodlines (his dad played at Indiana while his cousin and uncle played at Illinois).
Now, Edwards is transitioning to tight end for Wisconsin, a position that excited me when he committed to Gary Andersen’s staff and one that really has him excited knowing the importance of the role in Paul Chryst’s scheme.
Wrapping up our sixth season of this feature, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers’ future.
Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.
What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?
Edwards: I would definitely say time management. That’s pretty cliché, but you’ve got to prioritize things, whether it’s football, school or even social life. I think getting here in the summer definitely helps out. You take a couple classes and workout, so the transition is smooth from summer to fall.
What’s been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
Edwards: Definitely the speed of the game. The speed of the game is a lot faster and the physicality of it.
Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?
Edwards: I’ve definitely gained a lot of weight. The strength staff have definitely helped me in the weight room. I have gained 15-20 pounds since the summer, and you definitely see results. I feel like I am getting faster and definitely stronger.
What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what are your biggest areas of weaknesses?
Edwards: Definitely physicality is one of my best strengths. I also think my attitude and my mentality is a good strength. Weaknesses I would say is having confidence in everything I do whether it’s running a route or footwork. It’s just trusting the techniques and listening to Coach (Mickey) Turner.
How is Madison different than your home town of Downers Grove, Ill.?
Edwards: Oh man, it’s a lot crazier. There’s a lot more going on. It’s a great city, I love it a lot and it’s definitely a lot different.
Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?
Edwards: I would like to major in finance. I am taking a lot of general stuff right now.
What’s your favorite place on the Madison campus?
Edwards: Oh man … I don’t even know. I am big on getting food around here. Nitty Gritty, Chipolte obviously, just different food places.
What’s your least favorite place on campus?
Edwards: I honestly couldn’t tell you. This is a great place. I haven’t had a bad encounter yet.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
Edwards: I like to sleep. That’s number one. I just like to relax, whether it’s in my room or here in the lounge with the other guys. It’s a busy lifestyle, you do a lot of work, so I like to relax when I get a little down time.
Who are you living with this fall and how is that relationship going?
Edwards: Andrew James. I roomed with him in the summer, and we have a pretty good relationship. We’re friends and kind of both said to each other lets room together in the fall. We’re going to room next year, too, so it’s a very good friendship.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learn about living with Andrew?
Edwards: He definitely has a unique style in clothing. I couldn’t put a word on it. He has his own style, and he rocks it, so good for him.
Where does your biggest support come from?
Edwards: Biggest support definitely my parents and my family. Also my girlfriend and my coaches and the strength staff.
What’s your parents’ reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?
Edwards: My dad played and a couple of my cousins played, so every time I call him to tell him what I’m doing he tells me to keep working, have a good attitude and attack the day.
What was the main reason why you committed to Wisconsin?
Edwards: Tradition. Coming here, I think there were parallels between here and my football coaches and my basketball coaches (back home) with the way everyone wants to work. It starts with the upper classmen and they instill it with the young guys that we’re going to work hard and do the little things right. We’re going to do everything we can so that gets us over the hump, whether that’s in a game, in the classroom or on the field.
I loved Wisconsin because 1) it’s a great city 2) it’s a great school academically 3) it’s great football.
What is like putting on that Wisconsin jersey every day and getting a chance to run out on to the field for a home game?
Edwards: It’s definitely an unbelievable experience. Anytime you get to wear the motion W and go out with your teammates, whether you are on the field or on the sideline, it’s incredible. Our role is different (on gameday). We’re giving guys energy, making calls and things like that. I love being into the game. Every time we score I jump up and down like a little fool. Your role progresses as you get older, but mine right now is to give guys energy, listen and do whatever I can to help the team.