Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards was already in better shape than this college football writer will ever dream of being, but that was not good enough for the star defensive player for the Seminoles. He needed to get in better shape in order to prepare for Florida State’s College Football Playoff semifinal match-up with the Oregon Ducks.
Edwards started the season weighing in at 312 pounds, but has since dropped down to either 277 or 278 pounds. Considering he did that partially over the holiday season, that is mighty impressive. Or he just has incredible willpower and a strong metabolism.
“You know, I suffered some injuries as far as spraining my MCL, to a concussion in Clemson, so I couldn’t keep myself in 100 percent shape because of my injuries,” Edwards said, as quoted by The Orlando Sentinel. “So when I finally got 100 percent and was able to [condition more] that I dropped weight because it was best for me but of course dropping down to 277, 278 range is going to help me with Oregon and being able to run and not get as fatigued as I was during the season.”
So if you thought Edwards was a machine before, he should be even better now. That should be a scary thought, but Florida State’s defense will be put to the test as Oregon attempts to spread thing out on offense and use an up-tempo offense at times with Heisman Trophy quarterback Marcus Mariota at the helm.
Florida State faces Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Thursday, January 1, 2015.