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With 24 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #24 on roster Mr. Tariq Edwards. If you’ve followed along so far with all of the storylines floating around preseason camp then you’re aware of Edwards’s situation. Tariq is recovering from off-season leg surgery where he had an inanimate carbon rod (props to anybody who understands that reference) inserted in his lower leg. Yes, that does sound painful. Edwards admitted earlier in the week that he feels about 85-percent. With three more weeks to heal before game week, it looks likely that #24 will be in pads against Georgia Tech.
Weight: 237 lbs
High School: Marlboro County High School
How Did He Get Here?
Edwards and his twin brother Tyrell, were both highly recruited guys out of South Carolina. Sadly, Tyrell never did enroll here at Tech and decided to pursue a different route with his life and for that we wish him the best. His brother, Tariq, held offers from Illinois, Maryland, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, UVA, and of course, Virginia Tech. With his father, Bo Edwards, being a former letterman here in Blacksburg, Tariq decided to follow in his father's footsteps and commit to Virginia Tech.
2011 Season Rewind
Despite being just a redshirt-sophomore, Edwards finished the season third on the team in tackles with 71 and tackles for loss with 11.5. However, the South Carolina native suffered a stress fracture in his lower leg late in the season, which required surgery in March after the injury failed to heal properly on it’s own.
The injury situation is concerning as we open up fall camp. It seems that both Edwards and wide receiver DJ Coles are both healing slower than anticipated. The good news is that Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster has a contingency plan in place just in case Edwards can’t suit up against Georgia Tech. That plan consists of moving Bruce Taylor to Backer and inserting Jack Tyler at MIKE. That would, as Foster would say, get Tech’s best 11 players on the field.
But, there is still a good chance that Edwards will begin practicing full tilt within a week or two. That would be beneficial to our defense since Edwards played extremely well against Georgia Tech last season. His length and his presence at backer along with his experience would be helpful against that annoying triple-option offense. However, we’ll just have to take this one day at a time and see when Edwards can recover to his old self.
Completely Made Up Fact
Inspired by Danny Coale’s versatility last season, Edwards is auditioning to not only be the starting Backer this fall but also the starting Hokiebird on gamedays.
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