Lloyd Carr apparently thinks so. Rosey profiles the senior wide receiver in his column today. I think he’s done quite well against the Miamis, the San Diego States and the Indianas of the world, but I can’t help but think back to a key pass against Notre Dame that bounced off his hands and was intercepted.
It has been said that big players make big plays in big games. I know I’ve read that somewhere. But this play — one of three turnovers by Michigan’s much-heralded — sparked the Irish to a touchdown drive that gave them their first lead of the game.
When you’ve got freshmen at key positions (the starting quarterback and tailback are both true freshmen, something that has probably never happened before in Michigan history, and you’d be hard pressed to find other combinations like that in Division I, or anywhere in college for that matter), you can’t have your best players making the mistakes.
But back to the happy story:
“Last year, I was trying to put up some big numbers so that I would allow myself in the future to do big things,” Edwards said. “I’m definitely a program guy, maize-and-blue through-and-through, but at the same time, I was trying to prepare myself to take care of my family in the future.
“I thought that playing the best ball I could would do that. But there was some selfishness in there that was brought to light. I’m noticing that you play better when you’re just having fun and not worrying about everything.
“Me now, compared to me last year, it’s like night and day. I’m so relaxed. Last year I was so uptight.”
Minnesota, at Purdue, at Ohio State. There’s three chances for Edwards to prove he’s the best.