Armanti Edwards

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Armanti Edwards
Armanti Edwards 20081004.jpg
Armanti Edwards (#14) with Pierre Banks (#31)
No. 80     Chicago Bears
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-08) March 8, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Greenwood, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Appalachian State
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 89
Debuted in 2010 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 6
Receiving Yards 131
Touchdowns 0
Stats at NFL.com

Armanti Fredrico Edwards (born March 8, 1988) is an American football player who currently plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was the starting quarterback for the Appalachian State Mountaineers football team from 2006–09. He was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.[1] In addition to leading the Mountaineers to consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championships (FCS) in 2006 and 2007, Edwards became the first quarterback in Southern Conference history to lead his team to four straight conference championships.[2] He became the first quarterback in NCAA Division I history to throw for 9,000 and rush for 4,000 yards in a career, accomplishing the feat against Furman on October 31, 2009.[3][4] Later in the season he would become the first quarterback to pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for an additional 4,000 yards in a career.[5] In the same week that Adrian Peterson set the NFL single game rushing record at 296, Armanti rushed for 313 on 31 attempts against Richmond in the playoffs at Kidd Brewer Stadium (12/7/2007). He is also the first back-to-back and two-time Walter Payton Award winner, given to the Football Championship Subdivision's most outstanding offensive player, receiving the award in 2008 and 2009.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Armanti is the son of Deborah Anderson and Freddie Edwards. At birth, Edwards weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces and was delivered 10 days late.[8] In September 2006, Freddie Edwards was convicted of a 2005 murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.[8]

High school career[edit]

At Greenwood High, under coach Shell Dula, he was named to the Greenwood Touchdown Club/Index-Journal All-Lakelands Team. Edwards originally played wide receiver, but in his senior year moved under center. The transition occurred late in the recruiting process, and he drew some interest from New Mexico State, Memphis, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. After only receiving an offer from New Mexico State, he decided to honor his commitment to Appalachian State, in part because they would let him stay a quarterback. Armanti Edwards graduated with a 3.3 GPA.[9]

College career[edit]

2006[edit]

Armanti Edwards led the Mountaineers to the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) National Championship in 2006 as a true freshman, beating the Minutemen of UMass 28–17. He finished the 2006 season with 2,251 yards and 15 touchdowns passing, and 1,153 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing. Edwards joined a select list as the fifth Division I player (Missouri's Brad Smith and Texas' Vince Young are among the others), and second freshman, to accomplish the feat of 2000 passing yards and 1000 rushing yards in one season.[10] Edwards was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year at the end of the season.[11]

2007[edit]

Edwards started the 2007 season by guiding Appalachian State to a 34–32 upset victory over fifth-ranked Michigan of the Football Bowl Subdivision on September 1, in a game that was named the "Biggest Upset of 2007" by Sports Illustrated.[12] In the game, Edwards threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns while also totaling 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground. On December 7, in a semifinal playoff game against Richmond, Edwards set the single game FCS rushing record for a quarterback, rushing for 313 yards and 4 touchdowns on 31 carries.[13] He also completed 14 of 16 passes for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns. Edwards had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Heisman Trophy in the 2008 season.[14] Edwards established himself as a threat through the air and along the ground, and garnered elite status within the division. He and the Mountaineers won a third consecutive national championship, beating the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 49–21 on December 14. He outplayed future Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in that game.[15]

Edwards warms up prior to a game against Jacksonville University in 2008.

2008[edit]

The Mountaineers began the 2008 campaign against the LSU Tigers, the first time defending FBS and FCS champions have met to open the season.[16] However, LSU prevailed 41-13, with Edwards accounting for 216 of App State's 472 total yards. Edwards accounted for 440 yards of total offense, becoming the Southern Conference's all-time leader in yards with a 70–24 victory over the Wofford Terriers on October 31.[17] On November 15, the Mountaineers clinched the Southern Conference championship, joining West Virginia (1953–56), Furman (1980–83) and Georgia Southern (1997–2002) as the only programs to win four straight titles, with a 24–16 victory over the Elon Phoenix.[18] In his 36th career start, he became the 26th FCS player in history to surpass 10,000 yards of career total offense in Appalachian's win over South Carolina State in the First Round of the 2008 playoffs.[19] He was named the 2008 Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year,[20] and was the winner of the 2008 Walter Payton Award, given to the top FCS offensive player.[21][22] Edwards threw a career-worst 5 interceptions in a quarterfinal loss to eventual tournament winner, Richmond, denying Appalachian State their 4th consecutive FCS championship.[23]

2009[edit]

Before the start of the season, Edwards was involved in a lawn mowing accident, resulting in a trip to the hospital where he was treated and released.[24] The injury sidelined him for the season opener against the East Carolina Pirates, a game which the Mountaineers would lose 29–24. With a 27–10 victory over Elon on November 14, Edwards became the only quarterback in conference history to win four consecutive championships.[2] Edwards' college football career ended on December 12 in a playoff semifinal game against the Montana Grizzlies. The 24–17 loss was the highest rated FCS postseason game ever broadcast according to Nielsen and the NCAA.[25] The following day, Edwards graduated after just three and a half years with a degree in graphic arts. On December 17, in a landslide victory, Edwards received the Walter Payton Award making him the first ever two-time recipient of the award.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Season Passing Rushing
GP GS Rating Comp Att  % Yards TD INT Att Yards Avg TD
2006 15 13 140.72 167 274 60.9 2,251 15 10 188 1,153 6.1 15
2007 11 11 159.34 148 222 66.7 1,948 17 7 237 1,588 6.7 21
2008 13 13 170.20 196 306 64.1 2,902 30 9 193 941 4.9 11
2009 12 12 147.90 257 378 68.0 3,291 12 7 137 679 5.0 18
Totals 51 49 154.54 768 1,180 65.1 10,392 74 33 755 4,361 5.8 65

Highlights and awards[edit]

Championships[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Walter Payton Award — 2008,[21] 2009[6]
  • Southern Conference Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year — 2010[26]
  • Southern Conference Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year (media) — 2008*, 2009*[27]
  • Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year (coaches) — 2008, 2009[28]
  • Southern Conference Freshman of the Year (coaches and media) — 2006[29]
  • All-Southern Conference Football Team:
  • 5x Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Month — 11/2006, 11/2007, 10/2008, 11/2008, 10/2009
  • 8x Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week[35]
  • 5x Southern Conference Freshman of the Week[36]

* - Unanimous selection

Records[edit]

[37]

Single game[edit]

  • ASU and Southern – Rushing: 313 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Rushing Yards Per Attempts: 10.1 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU, Southern, and NCAA – Rushing Yards by a Quarterback: 313 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Passing Yards: 433 vs. South Carolina State, 2008
  • ASU – Completion Percentage (min. 10 comp.): .895 (17-19) vs. Wofford, 2008
  • ASU – Touchdown Passes: 5 vs. Wofford, 2008
  • ASU – Touchdowns Responsible For: 7 vs. Richmond, 2007

Single season[edit]

  • ASU – Rushing Yards by a Quarterback: 1,588, 2007
  • ASU – Rushing Yards by a Freshman: 1,153, 2006
  • ASU – Rushing Yards by a Sophomore: 1,588, 2007
  • ASU – Passing Yards: 3,291, 2009
  • ASU - Pass Attempts: 378, 2009
  • ASU – Pass Completions: 257, 2009
  • ASU – Completion Percentage (min. 100 comp.): .680 (257-378), 2009
  • ASU – Passing Efficiency: 170.2, 2008
  • ASU – Touchdown Passes: 30, 2008
  • ASU – 200-Yard Passing Games: 10, 2009
  • ASU – Consecutive 200-Yard Passing Games: 5, 2009
  • ASU – Passing Yards by a Freshman: 2,251, 2006
  • ASU – Passing Yards by a Sophomore: 1,948, 2007
  • ASU – Passing Yards by a Senior: 3,291, 2009
  • ASU and Southern – Total Offense: 3,970, 2009
  • ASU and Southern – Touchdowns Responsible For: 41, 2008
  • ASU and Southern – 250-Yard Total Offense Games: 10, 2008
  • ASU – Consecutive 250-Yard Total Offense Games: 5 (four times)
  • ASU and Southern – 300-Yard Total Offense Games: 8, 2009
  • ASU – 400-Yard Total Offense Games: 4, 2009
  • ASU – Wins By a Starting Quarterback: 13, 2006

Postseason[edit]

  • ASU – Single-Game Rushing Yards: 313 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Single-Game Rushing Touchdowns: 4 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Single-Game Pass Attempts: 54 vs. Montana, 2009
  • ASU – Career Pass Attempts: 342
  • ASU – Single-Game Completions: 29 vs. South Carolina State, 2008
  • ASU – Career Completions: 216
  • ASU – Single-Game Passing Yards: 433 vs. South Carolina State, 2008
  • ASU – Career Passing Yards: 2,885
  • ASU – Single-Game Touchdown Passes: 4 vs. South Carolina State, 2008
  • ASU – Career Touchdown Passes: 19
  • ASU – Single-Game Total Offense Attempts: 69 vs. Montana, 2009
  • ASU – Career Total Offense Attempts: 564
  • ASU – Single-Game Total Offense Yards: 495 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Career Total Offense Yards: 4,186
  • ASU – Single-Game Touchdowns Responsible For: 7 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Career Touchdowns Responsible For: 37
  • ASU – Single-Game Touchdowns Scored: 4 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Single-Game Points Scored: 24 vs. Richmond, 2007
  • ASU – Postseason Wins By a Starting Quarterback: 11

Career[edit]

  • ASU and Southern – Rushing Yards by a Quarterback: 4,361
  • ASU – Passing Yards: 10,392
  • ASU – Pass Attempts: 1,180
  • ASU – Pass Completions: 768
  • ASU and Southern – Completion Percentage (min. 250 comp.): .651
  • ASU – Passing Efficiency: 154.2
  • ASU – Touchdown Passes: 74
  • ASU – Passing Yards per Game: 203.8
  • ASU – 200-Yard Passing Games: 24
  • ASU and Southern – Total Offense Attempts: 1,935
  • ASU and Southern – Total Offense: 14,753
  • ASU – Total Offense Per Game: 289.3
  • ASU and Southern – Touchdowns Responsible For: 139
  • ASU and Southern – 250-Yard Total Offense Games: 35
  • ASU and Southern – 300-Yard Total Offense Games: 24
  • ASU – 400-Yard Total Offense Games: 8
  • ASU – Wins By a Starting Quarterback: 42

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Edwards was selected in the third round, pick 89, of the 2010 draft by the Carolina Panthers. Edwards could see the field at a variety of positions including wide receiver, kickoff returner, and quarterback in the wildcat formation. He was first activated in the 2010 season for the October 10 game against the Chicago Bears.

2010 season[edit]

After a 34-3 loss against New Orleans and the loss of Matt Moore to the injured reserve list, Coach John Fox has hinted that Edwards would see more snaps at quarterback in practice. Edwards was named the emergency/third quarterback for the first time before the November 14 game at Tampa Bay, but did not see any game action.

On December 12, Edwards featured at quarterback for one snap against the Atlanta Falcons completing a pass to fellow rookie David Gettis for no gain.

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS Passing Receiving Rushing Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Fumbles
Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck Rate Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Ret RetY Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2010 CAR 3 0 1 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 79.6 -- -- -- -- -- 1 7 7.0 7 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011 CAR 16 0 1 1 100 11 11 0 0 0 112.5 -- -- -- -- -- 1 5 5.0 5 0 3 35 11.7 17 0 34 176 5.2 17 0 0 0
2012 CAR 16 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 39.6 5 121 24.2 82 0 -- -- -- -- -- 12 260 21.7 35 0 2 77 38.5 69 0 0 0
Total 35 0 2 3 66.7 11 3.7 0 0 0 72.9 5 121 24.2 82 0 2 12 6.0 7 0 15 295 19.7 35 0 36 253 7.0 69 0 1 0

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