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Fri. April 15, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

For Tigers' Edwards, state title may be in the cards...and genes

Jesuit throwers coach Beau Burroughs says Tigers junior Isaac "Ike" Edwards possesses all the tools to succeed him as a state discus champ.

Among them: good shoulders and hips, a growing appreciation for good balance, and genetics.

Really good genetics.

Edwards (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is the younger half-brother of Sam Jones, a former all-county middle linebacker at Tampa Bay Tech who signed with Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College but has since transferred to Bethune-Cookman.

Edwards, a Tigers defensive tackle who already has a football offer from Western Kentucky, appears destined to follow in Jones' cleat steps. But first, he's almost certain to follow Burroughs to the state medal stand.

On his first formal attempt at Thursday's Class 2A, District 9 meet, Edwards threw a personal-best 176 feet, 4 inches -- less than 2 feet shy of Burroughs' 7-year-old school record.

The distance not only stood up the rest of the day, it would've won last year's 2A state meet.

"You combine a good work ethic with good genetics, I think good results will follow," Burroughs said.

A shot putter at Martinez Middle School, Edwards said he took up the discus last year when track coach Andy Wood insisted he do both throws. From the outset, he seemed a natural, qualifying for state last year but failing to medal.

He still does the shot, placing second Thursday to reigning state champ Hunter Joyer.

"I just love doing (track and field)," Edwards said.

"I love watching the runners, I love watching the jumpers. It's very fun to me. I love track as much as football, and going to track meets like the Florida Relays, it's a lot of competition. To me, it's just as exciting as Tampa Catholic vs. Jesuit."

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