Mike Edwards, who led the nation in kickoff return yardage this season and holds the University of Hawaii's single-season and career records, said Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Edwards had 1,215 yards on kickoff returns this season, and averaged 30.4 yards per return, which ranked sixth in the country. His three kickoff-return touchdowns broke the school single-season record, and he finishes his UH career with 2,301 kickoff return yards.
"It was a tough decision, one of the toughest decisions I've had to make in my life," Edwards said. "God was with me throughout the whole situation. I met with my family, coach (Ted) Ginn (Sr., who coached Edwards at Glenville High School in Cleveland), (UH) coach (Norm) Chow and those closest to me to help me come to this decision. It came down to what God wanted me to do and what my family needed me to do.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL. It's a blessing to get this chance and now I have an opportunity to make a name for myself. I'll always be grateful for my time at UH and I'll never forget my experience there."
Edwards also intercepted two passes and had 43 tackles and a forced fumble.
The Mountain West Conference's Special Teams Player of the Year was selected as a third team All-American by cbssports.com, and received si.com honorable mention.
"I'm real happy for Mike and we'll miss him," Chow said. "I've always said one of our goals is to get our players in the NFL and also to make sure they graduate and Mike has promised me he'll get his degree. We support him and wish him well and hope he has a long and productive career in the NFL."
Edwards played at Tennessee as a freshman, then transferred to Coffeyille (Kan.) Community College, where he redshirted in 2010.