RAYMOND "Ray" EDWARDS, Jr.
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Purdue University Boilermakers
Woodward High School
Edwards is an excellent edge rusher with impressive quickness and lateral agility. He shared strong-side defensive end duties with Rob Ninkovich as a junior and the tandem combined for 13.5 quarterback sacks and 28 stops behind the line of scrimmage during the 2005 season.
Ray was a Midwest Top 25 choice by Super Prep and listed as the No. 14 defensive end by Tom Lemming. He added first-team All-State honors and was named the league's Player of the Year as a senior linebacker after recording 110 tackles, including 12 sacks, with seven forced fumbles and five pass breakups. He had 105 tackles, including 12 sacks, his junior season. The four-year starter also played tight end.
Edwards was primarily used in third-down passing specialist as a true freshman at Purdue in 2003. He was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team by The Sporting News, after posting ten tackles (7 solos) with 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. He was a Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award semi-finalist in 2004, as he totaled 45 tackles (23 solos), tied for second in the Big Ten with eight sacks and produced eleven stops for losses. He also caused two fumbles, recovered another and deflected four passes. In 2005, he started the first six games at strong-side defensive end before giving way to Rob Ninkovich the second half of that campaign. He finished with 28 tackles (22 solos), 5.5 sacks and eleven stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also intercepted a pass and batted away another.
In 36 games with the Boilermakers, Edwards started eighteen times. He finished his career with 83 tackles (52 solos), 16 sacks for minus 125 yards and 24.5 stops for losses of 140 yards. He caused and recovered two fumbles, picked off a pass and deflected five others.
Ranks seventh in school history with sixteen quarterback sacks for minus 125 yards, topped only by Shaun Phillips (33.5-175, 2000-03), Roosevelt Colvin (33-191, 1995-98), Jeff Zgonina (29-151, 1989-92), Akin Ayodele (29-194, 1999-01), Craig Terrill (20.5-116, 2000-03) and Jim Schwantz (18-168, 1988-91)…Ranks 20th on the school's all-time record list with 24.5 stops for losses of 140 yards.
Played in every game, starting the first six contests at strong-side defensive end…Shared those duties with Rob Ninkovich and the two combined for 13.5 sacks and 28 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2005…Edwards recorded 28 tackles (22 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus 55 yards and eleven stops for losses of 67 yards…Intercepted a pass and deflected another.
All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Semi-finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award...Started all year at strong-side defensive end…Tied for second in the conference with eight sacks for minus 56 yards…His eight sacks rank eleventh on the school's season-record list…Recorded 45 tackles (23 solos) with eleven stops for losses of 59 yards…Recovered a fumble and caused two others…Also deflected four passes.
Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team choice by The Sporting News…Played in every game as a reserve defensive end…Recorded ten tackles (7 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus 14 yards and a fumble recovery while he was primarily used in third-down passing situations.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.73 in the 40-yard dash…325-pound bench press…33.5-inch vertical jump.
Attended Woodward (Cincinnati, Oh.) High School, playing football for head coach Ed
Jackson…Was a Midwest Top 25 choice by Super Prep and listed as the No. 14 defensive end by Tom Lemming…Added first-team All-State honors and was named the league's Player of the Year as a senior linebacker after recording 110 tackles, including 12 sacks, with seven forced fumbles and five pass breakups…Had 105 tackles, including 12 sacks, his junior season…The four-year starter also played tight end.
Physical Education major…Born Raymond James Edwards Jr., on 1/01/85…Resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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