Unassuming Edmond shows up on Friday nights
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 19, 2004 - Sulphur Springs fans might not notice Travis Edmond on Friday nights.

After all, at 5-9, 230, he's not the biggest player on the field, nor very vocal. And in playing defensive line, his main objective on many plays is not to make the tackle.

He's hard to notice. Until you see him on film.

Wildcat head coach Brad Turner said Edmond is so unassuming that fans can sometimes not realize how important of a cog he is to the SSHS defense.

"He's a model player. He does what he's asked to do and does it the best he can," Turner said. "He deserves more credit than he gets, and sometimes he doesn't get a whole lot of credit because you just don't see him or hear him a lot. But, if you watch him on film, he's always around the ball and taking care of his gap. He's a very solid player."

After starting on the offensive line as a junior, Edmond switched over to defensive tackle this season. He has registered 27 tackles with three sacks (second on the team), six tackles for losses and two fumble recoveries.

But, the senior admits that making tackles isn't always his first priority.

"My responsibilities are holding my ground really, a lot of time, and not getting driven off the ball and closing holes," he explained. "A lot of times, I'm just supposed to keep linemen off our 'backers and let them make the tackles."

He's able to do that after adding about 20 pounds of muscle since last season when he was an undersized, 210-pound offensive lineman.

Coach Turner credits Edmond with having a good attitude about switching sides of the ball, but the senior admits he would rather stay on the defensive side.

"It's fun, real fun," he says with a smile.

Edmond doesn't say much at all, which is one reason he tends to get overlooked, according to the coach.

"He's quiet. He never says a word. You'd never know he's around," Turner said. "He doesn't talk a whole lot, but, boy, he plays.

"He plays like his personality. You really don't notice him. When he makes a tackle, he stands up and goes back to the huddle. He's not big on celebrating or drawing attention to himself. He just makes plays. He's always there, and he's always around the ball."

He's the type of player the Wildcat coaches were looking for when they switched the defensive scheme from three down linemen to four this summer. That's despite losing virtually all of last year's defensive linemen to graduation.

"We lost heavy to graduation on the defensive line, and we needed some guys over there who fit our scheme," Turner said. "He had played defensive line on JV. We felt like he was athletic enough and runs well enough to fit over there.

"In the spring, we tried him there and he looked good. Then, during the summer, he got in the weight room and put on the weight. He's 230 or 235 at least, and he retained his athleticism, so it's made him even better."

He's been steady in the midst of personnel changes around him. Fellow defensive tackles Bryce Jackson and Mitchell Smith have both missed several games due to injuries, and the Wildcats have had to switch positions with other players to have enough depth on the line.

Edmond, the son of Frederick and Monica Weeks, has never wavered.

"He's steady in there. He's one of the solid points in our defensive line," Turner said. "We've had some injuries and some swapping and looking, but he's always been a constant in there. We've never had to worry about his spot, because he hasn't been hurt and he plays steady. You don't have to worry about him getting his job done."

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