Maryland football starts its season in 33 days. Until then, we're profiling every player on the roster in our Profiles in Terpage series.
Avery Edwards, tight end
Weight: 234 pounds
High school: Ravenscroft (N.C.)
Jersey No.: 82
How he got to College Park
Edwards took a roundabout route to the Terps. He first committed to North Carolina as a member of the class of 2014, but was charged with felony larceny after stealing over $50,000 worth of jewelry and never joined the team. He came to Maryland just a month before the 2015 season and immediately became the team’s most productive pass-catching tight end.
After a multi-year run in which the team barely used tight ends in the passing game, Edwards brought a change. He finished last season with 14 receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns, solid numbers for a tight end in an abysmal passing attack.
A career highlight
Scoring twice against USF (and drawing a penalty for spiking the ball on his first one).
Edwards shouldn’t see a decrease in his role as Maryland’s pass-catching tight end, although we don’t totally know how his position fits into Walt Bell’s offense. What we do know is that he’s as talented a tight end as the program has had recently, so they’ll probably try to get him the ball somehow.
What a dream season would look like
In his second season, Edwards helps out on the team’s many screen passes and cements his role as a threat through the air. He brings back memories of that two-touchdown game against USF and becomes a red zone menace.
Next in the series...
... is the team’s only returning starter at outside linebacker.