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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Chadron State signs Nevada, Alabama gridders

A Nevada football player who rushed for more than 7,700 yards and scored 93 touchdowns during his high school career has signed a letter of intent to attend Chadron State College.
He is James Edwards, a 5-11, 195-pound senior at Spring Creek High School in northeastern Nevada near Elko. He visited the college last week and said he is looking forward to joining the Eagles.

Edwards averaged about 7.5 yards per carry during his three years as a starter for the Spring Creek Spartans. He gained 2,287 yards and rushed for 27 touchdowns as a sophomore, ran for 2,993 yards and scored 29 times as a junior and rushed for 2,448 yards and 31 TDs last fall.

His career stats include 1,026 carries for 7,728 yards and 87 rushing touchdowns. He also scored six touchdowns while playing defense.

Edwards holds the Nevada single-season and career rushing records. He was the state’s Class 3A player of the year each of the past two years. There are about 200 students in his high school class.

The Spartans had a 9-2 record in 2004 and were 10-1 and reached the semifinals of the state playoffs this past season. He also has started for the basketball team since his freshman year. Spring Valley reached the semifinals of the state tournament in late February before being eliminated.

Edwards said several major colleges contacted him, but when none of them offered a scholarship, he sent videos to several Division II school and selected Chadron State after looking over the programs and offers.

He said he has 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash and scored on 98 and 99-yard runs during his career, but is probably more of a power runner than speedster.

CSC Defensive Coordinator Todd Auer, who recruits the western United States, said Edwards isn’t “a real burner, but has a good burst, runs hard and is able to break tackles.”

CSC Head Coach Bill O’Boyle also has announced the signing of a big offensive lineman from Alabama. He is Clent Davis, a 6-3, 280-pounder who graduated from Jemison High School in 2004.

Davis said he was never injured while starting for three years in high school. He was planning to play at a college in Mississippi when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while jogging the summer after he graduated. The past two years he has attended the University of Montevallo in his hometown and assisted his former high school coach with the football team at a nearby school.

“My knee is fine now and I’m ready to play again,” said Davis, who, like Edwards, recently visited CSC. O’Boyle said of Davis “he’s a hammer.”

The Eagles are members of NCAA Division II and
the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Chadron State College   1-800-CHADRON

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