Matt Edwards, a sophomore walk-on tight end for the Cougars, did his grandfather proud the other day. It wasn't before a screaming crowd in the stadium that bears LaVell's name. It wasn't a spectacular, twisting, one-handed catch in a scrimmage that left his teammates in awe. He didn't invent a piece of equipment or give a big, emotional speech that moved the entire team and staff.
No, Edwards, who is relegated to grunt work as a scout team player, did something that spoke loudly about who he is and why he plays the game.
Working on the punt cover scout team, Edwards had the assignment of running down and smashing the protective blocking shield in front of the catch guy. He ran down and did his job, colliding with the blockers. Then he got up and ran after the receiver to try and make a tackle. Then, on the next play, another punt, he did it again.
The thing is, the first time he hit the shield, Edwards broke his left arm, a clean fracture two inches above the wrist. Then he ran to make a tackle. Then he lined up and hit the shield again and ran to make a tackle.