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Frankie Edwards has moved positions for his team. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

 It looked as though Frankie Edwards was going to be playing a lot of football under center during his senior season. Things changed.

Edwards, a dual-threat quarterback, proved his arm and his legs last year are both something to watch for. This year is a new season. Edwards was briefly moved around to running back and wide receiver when Mustang went to Stillwater. Sophomore quarterback Chandler Garrett stepped in and ran the offense. 

Since Stillwater, Garrett has played more and more snaps under center and Edwards has been playing at wide receiver or at running back.

The change has forced defenses to not only search for Edwards but also watch Garrett’s arm. 
Edwards has been playing football since he was six years old. 

“My dream of playing big time football always kept me going,” Edwards said. 

The senior leader was comfortable at quarterback, a position he’s played his entire career. However the change has not seemed to faze him at all.

In Mustang’s homecoming game against Norman, Edwards only attempted three passes. Although they were all completions for 49 yards he was moved around the offense. Edwards ran the ball 16 times for 36 yards. He also had six catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. 

“I guess I’m just a football player,” senior no. 4 said. “I’ve always known I can play other positions but these past couple weeks that I can actually play. I get to show people what I can do.”

Edwards is listed a 5’ 9” and 195 pounds. Because of his size it will make it difficult for him to play under center at the next level.

“Colleges look at my highlight tape as see that I’m quarterback and I’m short,” Edwards said. “The stuff I’m doing now they can look at it and see that I’m an athlete…It’s getting me prepared for the next level.”

The receiving game has changed somewhat to a smaller, quicker receiving corps, something that Edwards feels he could excel in.

“I’ve been watching Wes Welker, David Glidden growing up,” Edwards said. “I think I have the potential to do it if the Lord allows it.”

Instead of taking a sideline to the quarterbacking play Edwards has helped the sophomore Garrett with reads, footwork and other things.

“Chandler has great potential,” Edwards said. “I try to be the example for him.”

Mustang is searching for the district title which would also give birth to a playoff run. Edwards said he will play wherever he is put on the field to help the team. That shows his true colors as being a team player.

“I’m not used to the lifestyle of playing receiver or running back. As long I’m out on the field doing my thing and my team is winning I’m fine with it,” the senior said.

Mustang’s new coaching staff under Jeremy Dombek has forced the Broncos to change a few things. Offensive coordinator Kyle Williams runs somewhat of a more pro-style offense. The offensive attack wants to run the football a lot more than they have in the past. Defensive coordinator Mark Yates stresses an attacking 3-4
defense that can bring blitz’s from anywhere.

“All the defensive coaches know defense and know what to do,” Edwards said. “I’m really impressed with the defense.”

Edwards was under Ty Prestidge until he resigned to take a job with Todd Dilbeck at Choctaw. The change was just before spring practice this year and looked to be a quick turnaround.

“At first we were all pretty upset,” Edwards said. “When the coaches came Dombek said ‘we are going to win now.’ Instantly we had faith in coach Dombek and the coaching staff…Everything happens for a reason and everything has a plan. Everybody loves the coaches.”

Edwards is a leader on the squad and has been since his junior year. He shows his leadership on the field and off of the field.

“He’s our best football player,” Dombek said. “You want your best football player to have the ball in his hands and to have it in space. By moving him we feel that it puts more pressure on the defense. You have to find him. He draws a lot of attention and opens it up for other guys.”

The Bronco’s offensive coaches knew Edwards’ ability to throw the football is not be overlooked. Against Edmond Santa Fe, Edwards had two passes that came while he was playing wide receiver. 

“They are getting a lot more creative with what they can do with me. I think it’s going to give defenses a lot to handle,” Edwards said.

Mustang’s offensive line has given both Garrett and Edwards time to deliver the football all season long. The line has also opened up the running game as well.

“They are the main thing of the offense. You can’t do anything without that offensive line,” Edwards said. “They’re the ones who get the least credit but they deserve every bit of the glory.”

Edwards wants to go on to the next level to play football. He is not worried about what position or what school. The senior just wants the chance to keep playing the game.

“As long as I’m playing and having fun and getting my education and I’m at a good college that’s all that matters,” Edwards said. “I’m going to go where I want to go. People say ‘I’m going to go to where whoever will take me.’ I don’t think like that. I want to go where I want to go. That’s a goal of mine. I have some plans and dreams that I’m still chasing after."

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