Whether he is playing linebacker, tight end or wide receiver, 6’4″, 215-pound junior Tremaine Edmunds likes to play a physical brand of football. The Dan River (Ringgold, VA) product plays with emotion as well, just like one of his football idols.
“Ray Lewis is a big influence on me,” Edmunds said. “He’s very inspirational on the field. I look up to him a lot, so when I’m out there he is one player who comes to my mind. In football, you have to have energy out there. You have to. I think I’ve always been physical. Ever since little league, I’ve played physical. I’ve been a linebacker ever since then. I’m not scared to hit.”
Edmunds is the youngest in a family of talented football players. His father, Ferrell, starred at tight end at the University of Maryland before moving on to a successful NFL career. Older brother Trey is a red-shirt freshman tailback at Virginia Tech, while Terrell, who is a senior at Dan River, has accepted a scholarship to play football at Virginia Tech.
Tremaine has certainly learned a lot from his father, who is Dan River’s head coach, but he has also learned from his brothers.
“I talk to them a lot about football, especially Trey,” Tremaine said. “He told me you have to be physical out there. Terrell teaches me man-to-man things, so I can do a good job in coverage on slot receivers.”
Dan River is 3-1 so far this season. The Wildcats begin district play this weekend.
“I’m playing pretty good,” Edmunds said when asked to assess his junior season performance, which included an interception in a win over Magna Vista. “There is a lot of improvement I can do. Hopefully in the weeks to come, I’ll get better. This week we start Dogwood District play. We want to show teams what we can do.”
Virginia, Cincinnati, and Hampton have offered scholarships to Edmunds, who is also drawing serious interest from North Carolina and Virginia Tech. In the 2015 season, Trey will be a junior at Tech while Terrell would be a red-shirt freshman or sophomore. Does Tremaine want to join his brothers on the major college level?
“It would be nice for all three of us to be playing at the same college, but at the same time...
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