Jonathan Edwards looks for the weakness. He hunts for the vulnerable spot in a defensive back and pounces on his prey once the ball is snapped.
Sometimes, his advantage is simply knowing the defensive back will have to react to the receiver.
“Defensive backs are just guessing,” the Panthers’ agile senior said. “And if they’re slouched over, you can tell they’re tired. You’re just going to blow straight by them. That’s just what happens.”
On last year’s playoff team, Edwards had the prowl and growl that made him a threat on offense. He helped Lakeside score at least 34 points in three consecutive region games.
Edwards will line up at different spots this season, but he prefers wide receiver. He can attack out in the open field and knows when to pounce on the downfield pass.
Edwards has the instincts of a predator, but he is not searching for a fight; he’s looking for a meal in the end zone.
“You just go for it,” Edwards said. “If you got to get up, you get up.”