Johnson, Edwards dazzle in college debuts
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Avery Johnson and Dylan Edwards have turned heads here in the city and area since day one. Both made their debuts at the college level yesterday, and the whole world got to see what the state of Kansas has seen all along.
Johnson created a lot of buzz in Manhattan on Saturday when the Wildcats faced SEMO. He came into the game as Will Howard's backup in the third quarter and did not disappoint, en route to K-State winning 45-0.
The Maize product called his own number on a 7-yard touchdown run, and said he felt 'butterflies' stepping onto the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the first time.
"I haven't played football in a long time but you know, I prepared all week," Johnson said. "I felt like when I got on the field it was just, you know, reverting back and just playing football and doing what I've been doing my whole life."
Johnson was also able to watch Dylan Edwards shine in his debut for Colorado.
"I missed his first touchdown, and then he takes a screen pass for a touchdown and then we're eating and I hear he has another touchdown and then after walkthroughs I hear he has a game winning touchdown," Johnson said. "So it's just like a guy I grew up with. My family I saw on social media, they're posting about it, and they're all excited for him, but it's, for me, it's like, I didn't know he was gonna go out and have four touchdowns against TCU in his debut, but like, give that guy the ball and open space. I mean, I played against him for four years. I know what he can do. He's dangerous, so I can't say I'm surprised by what he did today."
Edwards broke onto the scene for the Buffaloes yesterday in their win over TCU. He finished the day with four total touchdowns. He's the first FBS freshman in the last 20 years with three receiving scores and a rushing touchdown in his college debut, according to ESPN.
Coach Prime has coached Dylan since he was a kid. They both have lots of faith in each other.
"I mean no you don't, you know, come into the game thinking you're gonna have a certain stat line, but I knew if I you know, prepare myself well and you know and we all executed the right plays that you know, I could score today and it just happened," Edwards said.
"Don't let the science fool you. Dylan looks in the mirror like Shallow Hal. He when he looks in the mirror he sees a 215-pound man, that's probably about 6'4", and that's the way Dylan addresses life and I think he had a little injury of his ankle early on and he thought it popped and I'm like, 'Nah, no. God wouldn't have brought you this far for that. Not right now. Watch the impact you're going to have in this game.' And he had tremendous impact. Dylan is a dog man, but you're gonna consistently see what he does on a weekly basis because this is how he practiced," Colorado head football coach Deion Sanders said.
K-State hosts Troy next Saturday at 11 a.m. while Colorado hosts Nebraska at 11 a.m.