Freshman running back Chase Edmonds excited fans on a weekly basis in Pennsylvania with his incredible performances.
Now, Edmonds is doing the same for Fordham football at the FCS level.
After being named the Mid-Penn Player of the Year thanks to his 2,300-plus yards of total offense, Edmonds decided to become a Ram and he quickly went to work.
In the season opener, Edmonds ran for 181 yards and scored two touchdowns, adding another 119 yards on kickoff returns. He found the going a little more difficult vs. Villanova in Week 2, but that didn’t get him down.
The 185-pounder reeled off a record-breaking 231 yards on 22 carries, including four touchdowns and an 87-yard run, to lead Fordham over Rhode Island. The performance netted Edmonds several national honors, including Patriot League Offensive and Rookie of the Week, Sports Network Rookie of the Week and College Football Performance Awards national running back of the week.
“This team always says that we never lose at home,” Edmonds told The Fordham Ram, “At home, we have the great fans and the great momentum.”
The Rams have won their last nine games overall at home and return to the Bronx on October 3 against Lafayette after road games against Columbia and Holy Cross.
Coming out of high school at Central Dauphin East in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Edmonds was offered by Lafayette, Albany, Colgate and Delaware. He went with Fordham just weeks after making his official visit.
Despite being still new to the team and the college game, Edmonds sounds like a grizzled veteran after two games, reflecting on what went wrong vs. Villanova after the strong performance against Rhode Island.
“(A lack of urgency) was the problem last week,” said Edmonds during the post-game press conference. “We have to keep pushing every day in practice.”