Get To Know the Buffalo Bills: Trent Edwards

Matt SchaeferCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2008

Trent Edward’s career has been a story of hard work and determination to get to where he is today.

Edwards’s football career took off way back in high school. He played for the Los Gatos high school in California. Trent was the No. 1 rated pro-style QB in his recruiting class of 2002 in many publications. The reason for that was the fact that he put up some godly numbers.

In his senior year, he went 154-for-213 (72.3%), 2,535 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. To go along with great stats is an even better record. In his junior and senior seasons, Edwards led his team to two undefeated seasons, and back-to-back Central Coastal Section D-III Championships.

Edwards was recruited heavily by high-profile schools. Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame, and Tennessee all went after the highly sought quarterback, but he decided to stay close to home and enrolled at Stanford.

His goal to reach the NFL got difficult from this point on, as the Stanford team couldn’t even stay on the field with the other schools they played. In 2002, Edwards sat the bench as a true freshman. In 2003, he started the season as the No. 2 guy on the depth chart but won the starting job. He started four games towards the end of the season, but couldn’t finish it due to a shoulder injury.

In 2004, it was Trent’s job, but injuries hurt his year again, as he was knocked out of two games and missed two more games, all due to more injuries. At this point, a promising young QB looked to be far from the NFL, but it started to turn around for Trent.

Edwards’s best year came in 2005 when he was able to start all 11 games that year. He finished the year 168-for-268 (62.7%), 1,934 yards and 11 TDs. The Cardinal went 5-6 that year. 

In 2006, Edwards was once again the starter but only played in the first seven games. He was done for the season after another injury, this time a broken foot. The Cardinal went 10-20 in games that he started.

His goal of making the NFL was still intact though. Despite the poor record, he was still ranked very high, due to his intelligence, arm strength and accuracy. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. picked him as the third best QB available in the 2007 draft, behind only JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn.

The Bills selected Edwards in the third round with the 92nd overall pick, despite having a good young up-and-coming QB in J.P. Losman (or at least they thought that at the time).

The Bills were made fun of here in Buffalo on the local radio stations and newspaper. A QB so early in the draft when they already had one? Little did they realize what a great pick it turned out to be.

The 2007 season started great for Trent Edwards. In his first preseason as a pro, he beat out Craig Nail for the No. 2 spot behind Losman. Edwards and the rest of us here in Buffalo didn’t realize how fast he would become the starter. 

In his first action as a pro, he went 10 of 20 for 97 yards and an INT against the New England Patriots. We all know the rest of the story from that point on. His strong, smart play won him the starting job for the rest of the 2007 season and he entered the 2008 season as the starter.

He has looked mature in the Bills' first five games, before being injured in the Week Five game against the Arizona Cardinals, going a combined 78 for 119  (65.5%), 930 yards, four TDs, and two INTs. Edwards has also led the Bills on three fourth-quarter comebacks so far this season.

The 24-year-old QB will have to continue to make plays if the Bills want to make the playoffs this season. He has led the team to a 4-0 record, something they haven’t done in over a decade.

He also shows great leadership and really trusts in his teammates. He has worked hard, adding over 15 pounds of muscle to his frame in the offseason. He also met with his wide receivers, Roscoe Parrish and Lee Evans, before training camp to work on routes with them. 

So far, the hard work has paid off. The second-year pro also has the respect of his teammates, as he was also voted one of the team captains for the season. 

The sky’s the limit for the young QB, as he looks to be the quarterback of the future and the present for the Bills. The Bills haven’t had a reliable QB since Jim Kelly retired, and the city is excited with what they see in the young man as he attempts to lead them to a playoff berth for the first time since the 1998 season.