UP NEXT: 2009 Union Co. RB Lamont Edney

Union County High School relied heavily on RB Marcus Whitener this past season. In our "UP NEXT" series we feature the young man who will do his best to fill those shoes. Meet RB Lamont Edney. On his check list for this offseason and next season? Hard work, team unity, 2400 yards rushing, and a AAA state championship. come inside and learn more about Edney.

Union County got off to a slow start after the consolidation of schools there but it didn't take long for all of the tremendous talent to right the ship and make noise in the AAA playoffs this past season. Known for some talented running backs in the past this year saw RB Marcus Whitener run for over 1800+ yards on the ground. Whitener, also a standout in the classroom boasting a 4.0+ GPA, will be heading off to college next year. So who will the Yellow Jackets turn to next year. SCPrepNation.com caught up with the player we expect to be the next big thing out of Union County in RB Lamont Edney.

Most players often sulk sitting behind a standout feature running back like Marcus Whitener. Not Lamont Edney. "I learned a lot from Marcus. I mean he helped me out and I always knew that if he get hurt I had to be prepared, thats why I work real hard at pratice."

Despite Whitener carrying most of the load Edney made the most of his opportunities when he was given the ball. "I had 450 yards rushing and 200 receiving yards this year." In that time on the field Edney saw some tough competition. "Let's see the toughest players I faced were probably Charles Whitlock from Chester and J.T. Floyd from J.L. Mann." Edney knows the talents of his opponents well as Whitlock is headed to South Carolina and Floyd will be attending Michigan. Edney also says the Dorman Cavaliers were the toughest team he thought he and the Yellow Jackets faced this year.

As for his own goals for next year Edney has set the bar high. "I want to help my team make it not only to the Upper State again but farther this time and winning the state championship. First comes hard pratice and work together as a team and leadership though. I want to rush for 2400 yards and have 400+ yards receiving. I plan on having some huge games next year." One team saw how explosive Edney can be this year. "Against Eastside I had 4 carries for 150 yards. That was probably one of my best games this year. The other was against Gaffney. I got the best of LB J.B. Shippy (Shrine Bowl selection) about 4 times in a row during that game and people were talking a lot about that."

Having not gotten a lot of touches last year Edney isn't hearing from a lot of schools at this point but he's got an early list of the schools he's most interested in hearing from. "I like Cincinnati, Youngstown State, South Carolina, Missouri, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Grambling State."

The transition period due to the consolidation of schools we talked about earlier was a big obstacle as things weren't finalized until late. Edney had this to say about it all, "Yes we came together quicker than a normal team would have I think. If we would have had time like the rest of the schools I think we would of had a better chance but we still did really good all things considered."

At 5'8 170 pounds Edney isn't going to run everybody over. He does however have solid strength bench pressing 245 pounds and squatting 325 pounds. He also runs a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash. Edney's ability to make people miss using his quickness has been his biggest strength so far. His plans are to improve in all areas this offseason though. "I want to get bigger and even faster through hard work in the weight room."

3 Favorite music artists: 50 Cent, Dream, Young Jeezy
Favorite movie: Cars
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite subject in school: Biology
Favorite player: Reggie Bush
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: playing the video game and hanging out with my little cousins
Favorite video game: Madden and NCAA 2008
Dream school: Cincinnati Bearcats

SCPrepNation.com will bring you all the latest regarding Lamont Edney as he steps into the role as feature back for the Union County Yellow Jackets so keep it locked right here!

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