Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Countdown: 56 Days to Go

56: Robert Edwards, RB #47 (1994-1997)

Robert Edwards, drafted 18th overall by the New England Patriots in 1998, is best known for blowing out his knee in an NFL rookie flag football game on a Hawaii beach. He didn't play football again until 2002.

But Edwards career at Georgia was marked with great success at running back after beginning in the defensive backfield. He was moved to offense in Ray Goff's final season after starting at cornerback in 1994.

Edwards was the spark the Dawgs needed as he scored five touchdowns versus South Carolina in the season opener in Athens. Sure enough, the Dawgs were on their way to upsetting the 8th-ranked Volunteers in Knoxville the following week when Edwards went down with a foot injury. Tennessee won 30-27.

From 1995 to 1997, he averaged 17 carries per game, behind only Herschel Walker and Kevin McLee on Georgia's all-time list, and finished with 2,033 career rushing yards in only 23 games.

His 88.4-yard per game rushing average is 4th all time behind Walker, Knowshon Moreno and Garrison Hearst as he ran for more than 100 yards ten times in his career, finishing with 27 career rushing touchdowns.

In his senior season, Edwards rushed for 124 yards and four touchdowns as Georgia defeated 6th-ranked Florida, one of BNE's best teams that DIDN'T win the SEC championship.

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