NCF Nation: Armanti Edwards
Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
Appalachian State star quarterback Armanti Edwards is unlikely to play in Saturday’s season opener against East Carolina, according to coach Jerry Moore.
Edwards suffered a deep cut, running from the top of his right foot to his little toe, from the blade of a push mower while mowing his lawn in early August.
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Initially, Appalachian State was hopeful that Edwards would be ready for the season opener, but after returning to practice this week, Edwards has yet to go full speed or take all of the reps with the first team.
"It's not completely healed. There are 35 stitches in that (foot),” Moore told the Winston-Salem Journal. “It darned near cut his small toe off. It was a pretty critical cut. You can imagine the tenderness of it.
"We've never been much here on surprise starters and stuff like that. If Armanti could play, we'd play him. But I doubt very, very seriously if he could play. We're not going to put him out there, we're not going to put any player out there, that's not a lot closer to 100 percent than what he is right now."
East Carolina coach Skip Holtz was ready for this and spoke about it during his press conference on Monday.
“Everybody wants to make the biggest issue about their quarterback, Armanti Edwards, and if he's going to play,” he said. “We're not getting ourselves tied up into whether he will play because I think this football team is much more than just Edwards. He is a great player who has had great success. When you watch him on film, he has done some incredible things.
“But he didn't play against Western Carolina last year and his back-up accounted for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.”
That backup is DeAndre Presley, who likely will start against the Pirates. He completed 30 of 45 passes as a freshman last season for 379 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 415 yards and seven touchdowns.
Moore said the positive about Edwards’ injury is that he did it prior to camp, which allowed Presley and Travaris Cadet, a junior college transfer, to get the bulk of the reps and feel comfortable with the offense.
“They have recruited very athletic quarterbacks,” Holtz said. “That is their mindset. I think we're going to see a very good quarterback, whoever that is.”
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.