HOUSTON (CBS) – Former Houston Cougars All-America wide receiver Patrick Edwards finished his football playing career as one of the most prolific pass catchers in college football. He along with QB Case Keenum led the Cougars to a 13-1 season and a 30-14 victory over Penn State in the Ticket City Bowl.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 168-pound Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and former walk-on from Hearne, Texas had a dream season. Edwards snagged 282 receptions for 4,471 yards and 43 scores. He also set a new Cotton Bowl record for most receiving yards in a game with 228.
Edwards ranked among college football’s Top 15 in touchdown catches; he was number 1 with 20. He was number 2 this past season with 1,752 receiving yards. This production and an even more impressive recovery after the horrific injury suffered at Marshall back in 2008.
However, if his return to college football and the success he experienced on the field after that injury doesn’t show a strong desire to play the game and courage in the face of extreme difficulty, it’s very hard to imagine what would.
PRO DAY MOVED UP
Lightning quick and fast, but not big in stature, Edwards was still able to attract the attention of NFL scouts enough to get invited to this year’s NFL Combine. However, he did not take part in any of the drills due to a slight injury. Hence, he plans to make his impression on March 19th at the University of Houston Pro Day.