Edwards continues football career at North Alabama
By: Ethan Schmidt
CLARKSVILLE, TN – The dream of every football player is to continue that journey for as far they possibly can. For Senior Nick Edwards, that dream was realized earlier this week as he announced his commitment to the University of North Alabama.
“I mean it is just like a weight off my shoulders,” said Edwards about signing, “everything is decided, all I’ve got to do now is work to get back to where I was to get off and ready to go.”
Edwards was the focal point of the offensive line. When yards were needed, it was known that the offensive would run behind the eventual Region 7, Class 5A Offensive Lineman of the Year. It’s pressure like this that makes Edwards feel ready for his next challenge.
“I think it has really set me up to be able to take any kind of pressure that is put on to me, like not have to worry, I know I have put things on my back, so it’s not huge if I go up there and they are like, ‘we are going to run the other way’ that’s not a big deal, but if they say ‘we’re coming behind you’ I can take that stress any day,” Edwards said.
Edwards joins a North Alabama squad that has only been in Division I FCS since 2018, but historically the program dominated the Division II ranks. UNA left Division II with the second most playoff victories and appearances in D2. The Lions also hold a Gulf South Conference record with 12 titles.
North Alabama won seven games in their first season in the D1 FCS ranks, but would only manage a 4-7 record in season two. In 2020, the Lions, like most programs, would schedule four games due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Edwards will have a chance to earn his spot on the Lions squad as he will attend the school as a preferred walk-on, but Nick believes he is already a great fit for the team.
“They run a very similar offense to us, so I think it’s a perfect fit to get down there,” Edwards continued, “like they said they feel it’s a great mesh and ready to get down there.”
Edwards capped off his prep career with all-region honors and claiming two local first team spots. He was a captain for the team and did not allow a single sack during the season.
Congratulations to Nick and his family as he represents the Wildcats in Florence, Alabama.