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Mike Edwards closing in on history


Kentucky Safety/Nickel Mike Edwards announced that he will bypass an early entry to the NFL and return to the Wildcats for his senior season. Edwards has been a picture of consistency in a secondary that experienced highs and lows in 2017. This decision was somewhat of a surprise as many expected the All-SEC defender to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mike Edwards is nearing “all-timer” status. There are 18 Kentucky defensive players that are members of the esteemed 300-Tackle Club. With 236 through three seasons, the hard hitting defensive back is 64 tackles shy of the coveted 300-mark. Of the eighteen 300-tackle members, safety Darryl Bishop is the only defensive back. The former Cat great registered 348 tackles from 1971 through 1973. Edwards is 112 tackles short of being Kentucky’s all-time leader as a defensive back.

The Mike Edwards File

Year

Total Tackles

Tackles for Loss

Interceptions

2015

39

2

1

2016

100

5.5

3

2017

97

4

4

Total

236

11.5

8

Mike Edwards is not only closing in on historical marks within the Kentucky Football program, he’s also been the SEC’s top defensive back tackler for two consecutive seasons. 2016 saw the sophomore rack up 100 tackles which ranked first amongst all league DB’s and sixth overall. 2017 was more of the same. Edwards registered 97 tackles which the most for an SEC secondary player as well as listing ninth overall.

Kentucky’s 300-Tackle Club is an exclusive group that includes 12 linebackers, five defensive linemen, but just one defensive back. Mike Edwards has averaged 98.5 tackles over the past two seasons and is 64 stops away from entrance into an historic assembly of Wildcat defenders. Mike Edwards is closing in on history.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

5 responses to “Mike Edwards closing in on history”

  1. Bobbum Man

    Heck of a player and was glad to hear he was coming back… that being said, a defensive back having that many tackles usually isn’t a good thing for ur defense

  2. AdamN

    Maybe I just don’t know that much about the ins and outs of football, but I feel like it would be much better for a running back to not get up to the secondary level, and therefore a DB wouldn’t need to tackle him. Like… wouldn’t a DB getting all those tackles be a bad sign? I would much rather a lineman or linebacker get all those tackles. Am I wrong for thinking this way?

    1. vicvinegar

      That depends if it is a box defense or spill defense. If a team runs a spill defense then linemen and inside backers will clog the inside gaps purposely forcing the RB to “spill” outside. After all it’s better to have a ball carrier running east & west as opposed to north & south, correct? There will be a player on the outside (this could be a few positions) who will be your “force” player who will force the RB to turn back inside into an “alley” between the force player and the d-line. You may have heard of the term “run fits”. In a spill concept, your safety will be your “alley” player. So if a team is a spill team, then the safety will/should be a key factor in the run game.

  3. G_Money

    Who are the DL who have recorded 300 tackles???

  4. george56

    Mike has done great for us the last 3 years, Thanks and go Mike. Jerry Claiborne is leading interceptor, no?
    In Darryl Bishop’s next to last game he intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards for the only TD in a 7-0 win at Vandy. It was played in a steady rain, and only about 3k KY fans were there to see it .