Q&A With Dwan Edwards

Dec. 22, 2003

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - -

A second-team All-Pac-10 selection this year as a senior, Dwan Edwards has made his mark on the Oregon State football team playing in the trenches at defensive tackle. His play in the middle has helped the Beaver defense rank seventh nationally against the rush and 12th in total defense, extending an OSU tradition of outstanding defensive units. A team captain, Edwards is sixth on the team with 45 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 7 tackles for loss. The following is a question-and-answer with the Columbus, Montana native after a practice in Las Vegas.

YOU'RE NOT ONE OF THE MORE VOCAL LEADERS, BUT A TEAM LEADER NONETHELESS, HAVING BEEN ELECTED BY YOUR TEAMMATES AS A CAPTAIN. TALK ABOUT YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE.

'I'm just one of those guys that goes out there and works hard and does his job and doesn't complain about it. I don't get a lot of recognition on the team, but I just do my job and work hard, and good things come my way.'

DEFENSIVE TACKLE ISN'T NECESSARILY A 'SPOTLIGHT' POSITION.

'You do a lot of things that affect the game that you don't really see as a spectator, but I work hard and have done a lot to help our defense get to be number-one in the Pac-10 this year.'

BEING A SENIOR, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES OF PLAYING AT OSU?

'I think every game, all the practices - playing with your friends and guys you've been around for four or five years - it's all memorable. That's basically it - going to Hawaii, going to Arizona and all the bowl games, everything's been fun. Being a part of OSU has been a great experience.'

TALK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE DEFENSE THIS YEAR.

'We've always been pretty good on defense, and we've just continued to build each year. We've had this attitude that we're going to be good on defense. It's an expectation, and we've been able to carry it through since I've been here, so hopefully these young guys can keep it going.'

GOING INTO THE YEAR, THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A QUESTION AT THE OTHER DEFENSIVE TACKLE SPOT. TALK ABOUT HOW THAT ROLE HAS BEEN FILLED, WITHBen Siegert, SIR Henry Anderson AND Alvin Smith.

'I think they've done a good job stepping up. None of those guys really had any experience coming into the season, but they did a good job of working and trying to get better each week. They've played well for us.'

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR AFTER THE SEASON?

'As soon as it's over, I'm going to train and get ready for the Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Alabama, and train for the combine. We'll see where fate takes me.'

ASIDE FROM FOOTBALL, WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT PLAYING?

'I enjoy just hanging out, going to movies, playing PlayStation, hanging out with my family - whatever. I just like to have a good time and keep it simple and have fun.'

HOW ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS BOWL WITH NEW MEXICO?

'We've got to get this win, that's the most important thing in coming here. We're out here to have fun, but the main thing is to win this game and go out with a win for the seniors and give us some momentum heading into the offseason.'

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