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Friday, August 7, 2009
App. State QB Edwards should be back for ECU game


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

As you've probably already heard or read, Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards suffered an injury to his right foot while using a lawnmower.

Edwards was mowing the lawn at his off-campus residence Wednesday. While pushing the mower up a hill, it slipped and went over his right foot.

Appalachian State trainers said Edwards is lucky to not have sustained more severe damage. And while he's in a protective boot, he should only miss two to four weeks. A statement released by the school said that Edwards should be ready for the Sept. 5 season opener against East Carolina.

"First of all, we're all fortunate and grateful that Armanti wasn't more seriously injured in this accident," coach Jerry Moore said. "It's unfortunate for him because he has put a lot of energy into being a great leader on and off the field this summer ... But, as he's demonstrated many times, his toughness is second-to-none, so I'm confident that he'll be back on the field with his teammates as soon as possible."

East Carolina is the reigning Conference USA champ and the season opener is the first of several major games on the Pirates' schedule. Appalachian State, led by Edwards, upset Michigan in 2007.

If Edwards can't play -- that four-week mark is right at the time of the ECU game -- backup DeAndre Presley will play in his stead. Presley, who backed up Edwards as a freshman last year and is the heir-apparent, completed 35 of 45 passes for 379 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and rushed for 415 yards and seven touchdowns.

Presley also took the bulk of the snaps in the spring while Edwards recovered from arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 14 to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.

So, either way, it looks like East Carolina is going to have a game on its hands in the season opener.