BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University quarterback Armanti Edwards can move into a tie for the most postseason wins by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division I FCS history with a victory over top-seeded Montana in Saturday's NCAA Division I Football Championship semifinal (4 p.m. ET - ESPN).
Edwards has led ASU to 11 postseason victories during as the Mountaineers' starting signal-caller, which is one shy of the record 12 that Georgia Southern's Raymond Gross engineered the Eagles to from 1987-90.
With two more wins, Edwards would not only hold the record outright, but would also become the first player in FCS history to quarterback his squad to three national championships. Edwards, Youngstown State's Marc Brungard (1993, '94), Gross (1989, '90) and GSU's Tracy Ham (1985, '86) are the only quarterbacks at the helm of two national-title teams.
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Saturday’s game is just the second-most important event of the weekend for four Mountaineers who will graduate from Appalachian on Sunday.
Headlining the group of graduates is Edwards, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts and imaging technology, just three-and-a-half years after his arrival on campus. In ASU’s most recent graduating class, only 2.8 percent of undergraduates received a degree in less than four years.
Joining Edwards on the graduation platform will be fifth-year seniors defensive lineman Daniel Finnerty (criminal justice), linebacker Jacque Roman (communicatons - organizational/public relations) and wide receiver Tavaris Washington (graphic arts and imagining technology).
ESPN TALENT ASSIGNED: Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Charlotte resident Charles Arbuckle (analyst) will call the action of Saturday's game for ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN360.com.
MANDEL PRAISES EDWARDS: National columnist Stewart Mandel praised Edwards in his weekly "College Football Overtime" column at SportsIllustrated.com.
In the portion of the column titled "Smaller Story, but I'm Sure You're Following It," Mandel says about Edwards that "one can never emphasize enough the magnitude of the senior star's production over the past four years."
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