Freshman running back Chase Edmonds filled one of the biggest holes in the Fordham University roster by continually running through ones opened up by his offensive line.
When Fordham football season started one of the biggest questions was who was going to take over at running back. Carlton Koonce, who ran for 1,462 yards last season, graduated in the spring and the position was up for grabs. Edmonds made the answer easy with his stellar play.
“I came in with the goal just to make a contribution to the team anyway possible,” Edmonds said. “I did come here to battle for the starting position, but I didn’t expect to have success this quickly.”
He is opening eyes all across the nation as part of an offense that became known last season for the prolific passing of quarterback Michael Nebrich. Edmonds is further making it a dual threat attack to help the Rams claim the Patriot League title last weekend. He finished the regular season currently second in the FCS with 1,425 yards on the ground and 20 rushing scores for No. 9-ranked Fordham. His 20 touchdowns tie him with Kirwin Watson (2003) for programs single season record and he is fifth on the single season rushing list.
“Chase took it upon himself from day one to earn the starting position and that preparation has translated into his success,” Rams coach Joe Moorhead said. “We really couldn’t do what we’ve been doing without a strong running game.”
Edmonds has looked almost unstoppable this season, as he has put up unprecedented numbers for a freshman at Fordham. In his first collegiate game he ran for a freshman record 181 yards and two touchdowns, before struggling with his team in their only loss against Villanova.
The next week versus the University of Rhode Island, Edmonds had another record-breaking performance as he broke his own freshmen rushing record from week one. Edmonds rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns. On Oct. 11 against Penn he became the first Fordham freshman to rush for over 1,000 yards as he ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on the day.
“It’s such a blessing to have the opportunity that I have today,” Edmond said. “I can’t take any of the credit. I have to give thanks to my offensive line. They do a great job. I have a senior line that makes it easy for me to run through holes and lanes.”
All season long Edmonds has been turning heads not only in the Bronx, but also throughout the whole country as his performances continue to get better. Edmonds rushed for 197 yards and a season-high of five touchdowns against Lehigh on Oct. 25. Edmonds continues to do everything right on and off the football field.
“We knew that Chase had the potential to be good but it’s work ethic and dedication that has set him apart,” Moorhead said. “From the first day he showed up for camp he has had a great sense of purpose in everything he does. That determination shows up in everything he does, from the field to the weight room to the classroom.”