23 - Mario Edwards Position: Free Safety
Class: r-Freshman
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 211 lbs.
High School: Westlake
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
photo The No. 2 free safety heading into preseason practice ... Redshirted last fall ... Showed some ability and a willingness to tackle ... Took advantage of the strength and conditioning during the winter ... Got a lot of reps and made great progress during the spring ... Is still adjusting to the demands of the position ... Gives the Hokies a big presence at the position ... Will give the Hokies a boost if he picks up were he left off in the spring when practice resumes.

2006: Redshirted while working at free safety ... Added some weight and improved his speed through his work with the strength and conditioning staff ... Forced a fumble during the team's first scrimmage of the spring.

High School: An all-state defensive back for Coach Dallas Allen at Westlake ... Also saw action as a wide receiver ... Registered 98 tackles as a senior ... Had four interceptions, six sacks, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt ... Caught six passes for 123 yards ... Helped team to a region title ... Contributed 12 tackles, an interception, two pass deflections and a forced fumble during a playoff game against Banneker ... An all-city and all-state selection ... Rated the No. 25 safety in the country by rivals.com ... Rated the No. 83 safety in the country by scout.com ... Listed as the No. 27 prospect in the state of Georgia in the rivals.com postseason rankings ... Had 75 tackles, two interceptions, 10 pass break ups, four forced fumbles and three sacks as a junior.

Personal: Mario Edwards ... Born 7/14/88 in Atlanta, GA ... Son of William and Maudestia Edwards ... As a youngster, won the state of Georgia 200-meter dash for the 11 and under age group ... Enrolled in university studies.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2007 4 0 1 1 0-0 0-0