Starting April 2, the SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players for 2012 in the SEC.
No. 142: Kip Edwards, No. 1, Defensive Back, Missouri
Edwards is a high-energy, athletic cornerback who established himself in the Big 12. In his first season as a starter, Edward finished sixth on the Tigers with 55 total tackles, finished second on the team with two forced fumbles and picked off one pass. The 6'1", 200-pounder has played in 37 games during his first three seasons in Columbia, and that experience will come in handy as Missouri transitions to the SEC.
Edwards isn't the No. 1—that role belongs to E.J. Gaines. Plus, the adjustment to new opponents, new systems, new stadiums and everything that comes along with the move to the SEC will be difficult on the SEC newcomers. With Gaines on one side, Edwards will be picked on, so he needs to limit that adjustment period and acclimate himself to the SEC quickly.
He will have a solid season, but he will be overshadowed by Gaines. If Missouri can knock off Georgia the second week of the season, the spotlight on the entire Missouri team will be cranked up, because the Tigers will then be considered legitimate SEC East contenders.