July 18, 2012
By Scott Kotick, Seminoles.com
Today we conclude our countdown of the top players to watch for 2012 with another member of the Seminole defense.
It's not often that the number one recruit in the nation is a lifelong Seminole and is even a Florida State legacy. So our final player to watch this season is freshman defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr.
Edwards comes to Tallahassee as arguably one of the most powerful ends to come out of high school. He's 6-4, 295 pounds, but moves like an true end with great speed off the edge.
So it's that combination of size and speed that made him the number one player coming out of high school and gave him the great expectations coming to Florida State.
It's unclear how much time Edwards will see the field this fall with veterans Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner, and Tank Carradine all ahead of the freshman. But there's no question that Edwards along with fellow freshman Chris Casher are the future star defensive ends at Florida State.
But with the talent that Coach Fisher has brought in once again, both Edwards and Casher will provide great depth to an already loaded defensive end unit and will surely see their fair share of big plays throughout the year.
Edwards has a great opportunity this season, as he'll certainly become a crowd favorite while still learning from guys like Werner and Jenkins. It's going to be fun to watch him in a garnet and gold uniform, and the sky is the limit for him throughout his career.
Thanks for joining us on our 12 for 12 countdown and we'll have plenty of great content here on Seminoles.com as we head up to ACC Kickoff this weekend and as we approach the beginning of fall camp on August 6th.