It was announced a couple of weeks ago that 4-star safety, Mike Edwards, would not enroll at UK until January. Edwards plans to have surgery on his separated shoulder, which he injured in the early part of his senior season, sometime within the next few weeks. He recently spoke to the Herald Leader, discussing what lies ahead for him in the coming months.
“I played with it last year (a separated shoulder). It bothered me somewhat, but I played through it. I just need to get it taken care of because this is the next level. Bigger guys and stuff. It could happen again, and I’m not trying to risk that at all.”
While some have questioned his delayed enrollment, Edwards continues to assure BBN there’s no concern with his eligibility. The delay simply allows his shoulder to heal, all while keeping every semester of his eligibility intact. A redshirt year would take away a full season, but by not enrolling, it’s possible he could play during the fall of a potential 6th year. His current plan is to be ready by next Spring. “They told me I should be ready for spring practice and the spring game,” Edwards said.
The hardest thing for Edwards will have to be watching his fellow teammates from the stands. Knowing that he supposed to be suited up on that field, but instead forced to watch. Yet, he doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it. Edwards insists on being positive, as he looks forward to what lies ahead.
“It’s a great feeling seeing them happy and getting to achieve their goals (speaking of his fellow freshman). But at the same time, it’s a bad thing on me because I’m not down there with my teammates. I told them I’d be there soon, and they said they’d be waiting on me. I basically have the same mindset: Come in try and take the job and start right away. It’s nothing different coming in from June to January. I’m going to be ready no matter what.”