Dwan Edwards

Dwan Edwards

Player Profile


Columbus, Montana

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 301

Defensive Tackle



PERSONAL—(Pronounced—Duh-wan) Born 5/16/81 in Billings, MT...son of James Edwards and Cassandra Wilks...his father is a security guard and his mother is a credit manager...he has one sister, Chelsea...his father played basketball for Rocky Mountain College...he is in the College of Business and is a business administration major...entered OSU with a 3.75 GPA...enjoys basketball...was class president for three years at Columbus High School...member of National Honor Society...Brian Cox is his favorite athlete...placing second in the state in basketball his senior year at Columbus was his top athletic thrill as a prep...selected OSU because, “It just seemed like the best place for me.”

OSU—(2003—Senior)—Dwan has played in 35 career games and has started 23...he currently is on a streak of 14 straight starts...Dwan figures to be one of the top defensive tackles in the nation this fall...Athlon Magazine has selected Dwan as a second team All-Pac-10 performer in its preseason issue...for his career, Dwan has 423 career defensive production points...he has 108 tackles, including 59 solo...he has accounted for 21 ½ tackles for loss and 9 ½ sacks...Dwan has continued to gain size and strength each year he has been in the OSU program...he will be the leader of the Beavers’ defensive front four this fall...Dwan has posted career weightlifting bests of 545 pounds in the back squat, 375 in the bench press, 330.7 in the power clean and 391.3 in the push press...his top vertical jump mark is 29 inches and he runs the 40 in 4.9.

(2002—Junior)—Dwan played and started all 13 games for OSU in 2002...Dwan was selected honorable mention on the Pac-10 All-Conference team...Dwan produced 190 ½ defensive production points, good enough for seventh on the squad...he had 50 tackles on the season, including 31 solo...he had 3 ½ sacks and nine tackles for loss...Dwan’s most productive game was against Arizona with 32 points, coming on four tackles, a sack and recovered fumble...Dwan was in double figures on defensive points in every game but California and Oregon...Dwan teamed with Eric Manning, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, at defensive tackle, giving OSU the best inside defensive pair in the Pac-10...Dwan entered his junior season firmly entrenched as OSU’s starting right defensive tackle...Dwan added 13 pounds to his frame during winter conditioning and reported to spring drills weighing 297 pounds...he also increased his strength during the winter program...posted weightlifting bests of 515 in the back squat, 360 in the bench press, 320 in the power clean and 353 in the push press...he also posted a 27-inch vertical jump mark.

(2001—Sophomore)—Dwan started 10 of 11 games for OSU at defensive right tackle in 2001 and enjoyed a very productive season...an injury (sprained left ankle) kept him out of the Northern Arizona game...he had played in 22 of a possible 23 games in two years...following the season, Dwan was selected honorable mention on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team...he finished 11th among Beaver defensive players in points on OSU’s system...he produced 79 ½ points, coming on nine solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, five tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one caused fumble and a quarterback hurry...his top individual game was against New Mexico State when he produced 22 points...he had two tackles for loss, one sack and seven assisted tackles in that contest...he opened the season with one assisted tackle at Fresno State, followed by 22 points at New Mexico State...had three assisted tackles vs. UCLA...had 10 points on two solo tackles and four assisted tackles at WSU...had 19 points on two tackles for loss, one sack and two tackles vs. Arizona...had nine points on five tackles at ASU...had eight points on three tackles and a quarterback hurry vs. California...had one tackle at USC...had eight points on a tackle and caused fumble vs. Washington...did not play vs. Northern Arizona (ankle sprain)...produced nine points on two tackles and a tackle for loss at Oregon...after a very consistent year as a backup defensive tackle in 2000, Dwan entered spring drills as the No. 1 right defensive tackle and he firmly established himself as the starter with a strong spring performance…in winter conditioning, Dwan posted a 505-pound squat lift and 335 pounds in the bench press. (2000—Redshirt Freshman)—Dwan enjoyed an outstanding rookie season…he participated in all 12 games as a backup defensive tackle and he played above expectations based on his spring performance…Dwan reported to spring drills listed as the No. 3 defensive right tackle on the depth chart...he reported to fall camp listed as the No. 4 left tackle on the depth chart...hard work in the summer and impressive fall camp led to his status being upgraded…Dwan produced a total of 143 defensive points, 12th highest on the team…Dwan produced defensive points in 11 of 12 games, failing to score in only the Washington game…his top performance was against Stanford when he recorded a personal best of 34 points, coming on three solo tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble…he had two tackles vs. Eastern Washington and one at New Mexico…had two tackles and a tackle for loss vs. San Diego State…had three tackles and a sack vs. USC…had two tackles and a sack at UCLA…had two tackles vs. WSU…had four tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss at California…had two tackles at Arizona…had three tackles and a pass broken up vs. Oregon…he had a big game in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame, producing 20 points, including a sack and two tackles for loss…for the season, Dwan had 27 tackles, including 19 solo, five sacks, nine tackles for loss, a caused fumble and a pass broken up…he proved to be one of the top young players on the OSU roster…Dwan helped himself with his overall play during the spring...he made very good progress and really stepped up his play in the final two weeks of the spring…Dwan posted solid numbers during winter conditioning in the weight room with a best of 425 in the back squat, 305 in the bench press and 275 in the power clean.

(1999-Freshman)—Dwan spent the 1999 season as a redshirt defensive lineman and played on the scout squad.

COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL-(1996-99)--Dwan was a three-year starter on offense and defense, a three-year all-conference pick on offense and defense and a two-year all-state selection as a linebacker on defense and as a fullback his senior year, while playing for Coach John Smith and the Columbus High School Cougars, a Class B school...selected as an all-league tight end as a sophomore and junior...selected to play in Montana-North Dakota all-star game and to play in Montana East-West Shrine game...his best statistical game his senior year was against Roundup High School when he rushed for 133 yards, had 49 yards on pass receptions and recorded eight solo tackles and 9 assisted tackles...in 10 games at fullback, he rushed for 758 yards on 98 carries, an averaged of 7.7 yards per carry, scored nine touchdowns and had a long run of 46 yards...caught 17 passes for 262 yards (15.4 average), three touchdowns and a long run of 67 yards...on defense, recorded 49 solo tackles, 38 assisted tackles (87 total), with three sacks, seven tackles for loss and two pass interceptions...in nine games as a junior, he had 41 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss and one interception on defense and he caught 10 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns...in 10 games as a sophomore, Dwan produced 29 solo tackles, 31 assisted tackles, six sacks, three tackles for loss and caught two passes for 39 yards...Columbus was 24-5 in three years in football and 64-18 during the same time in basketball...two-year starter in basketball and three-year letterman under Coach Paul Barta...he was first-team all-league and first-team all-state in basketball as a junior and senior...averaged over 20 points a game as a junior and over 22 points a game as a senior, plus rebounding in double figures...also participated in track and field, placing third in the district in the shot put at 48-6 and fourth in the discus at 131-0 as a junior...“He has got the whole package,” said Coach Smith. “He has a 3.7 GPA, has the physical stature, and is a very mature 17-year-old. He is a real special kid and has been a real pleasure to coach. He is a great kid with a ton of potential and when he concentrates on one sport he will be awesome. He’s got pretty good speed for a big kid, 4.75 in the 40, and he can get faster than that once his training becomes sport-specific. I could project he could easily range from 265 to 280 pounds when OSU gets him into a weight program,” said Smith.

Dwan Edwards' Career Statistics
Year   GP  UT  AT  Total    For Loss/Yds  Sacks  Int
2002   13  31  19   50             9/39    3.5    0
2001   10   9  22   31             5/9      2     0
2000   12  19   8   27             9/37     5     0
Total  35  59  49   108           23/85   10.5    0
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