ORONO – Earnest Edwards feels like he has nothing to prove, but he believes people don’t truly understand his skill, “I ain’t got to prove nothing honestly, I’m just going to play my game, do what I do best and hopefully someone will take notice.”
The UMaine senior wide out has a great chance to grab people’s attention with in the most high profile game held in Orono in program history, an offensive shootout with No. 8 Towson. The Tigers bring their three-headed offensive attack of quarterback Tom Flacco, running back Shane Simpson, and fellow preseason all-CAA first team receiver, Shane Leatherbury, “It’s not a receiver versus receiver match-up it’s Towson versus Maine so I’m going to do what it takes to help the team win.”
Edwards’ numbers through two games aren’t where they were last season, but he’s known for bouncing back for big games. A down week against Rhode Island last season led to a 9 catch, 196 yard performance the next week against William and Mary. “He really understood he has to play well for this offense to go and that’s how it’s going to go, when he’s in the game he’s a really important piece…Not really a turning point just kind of an example of him taking a loss and turning it into a win,” said quarterback Chris Ferguson.
This weekend’s game would serve as a perfect time for Edwards to have a stand out performance, and head coach Nick Charlton recognizes that, “when I looked at it at halftime of the last game, we needed to get him going a little bit, that’s on him, that’s also on me and I think it’s really time for him to step up and have a big one.”
No. 7 Maine host No. 8 Towson this Saturday at Alfond Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 PM.