In a never-ending quest to seek as much information as my brain can store, it's time to get to know a little bit more (or just anything at all) about one of the Southeastern Conference's football players. Now when this player succeeds, massively fails or is shown milling around in the background of a TV shot, you'll know that his greatest off-the-field accomplishment involves the sale and transportation of hobos. Or something like that.
The team of the player selected is chosen through a super-secret process which I cannot reveal, however, the number of the player is randomly chosen by visiting www.random.org and using whatever they give me.
Today's number: 89
Today's team: LSU
(EDIT: The first number I got was 67, but alas, there is no number 67 on LSU's roster. The second number was 89 and two players actually wear this number. Unfortunately for redshirt freshman TE Greg Ostrom out of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, he will not be profiled here today. But in good news, I have just given you all the information the Internet has to offer on Greg Ostrom.)
#89 Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
Some background information: Lavar came to LSU from Desire Street Academy, which is the high school started by Desire Street Ministries presently headed by Danny Wuerffel. He played in 11 games last season and started against Louisiana Tech, collecting one sack. I have no idea if he and Greg Ostrom are friends since they share the same number. Also, here's a picture of that sack against Tech.
Greatest on-field accomplishment: In LSU's 13-3 loss to Florida last fall, Lavar had five tackles, including one solo. In a close second, he caught 12 touchdowns as a tight end his senior year in high school. And he also keeps a straight face when Les Miles opens his mouth.
Greatest off-the-field accomplishment: In at least two spring practice reports, Les Miles mentioned Lavar by name to reporters. And in a complete sentence and not a random incoherent thought or shout. Also, he narrowly avoided being confused with former BYU coach LaVell Edwards. I'm sure there's something better than this, but I can only look through so many Google search pages (meaning: five, tops).
Way(s) in which he has embarrassed himself, his family, team and school: So far, Lavar has been walking the straight and narrow.
Strengths: Athleticism, speed, game experience, defensive line coach's name is Brick Haley. I have no idea if Haley is a good coach, but his name indicates he could have been a veteran linebacker in Any Given Sunday or the Yankees' closer in Major League.
Weaknesses: Les Miles' hands hold his college career. At least for another year.
What to expect in 2010: Lavar should be a key figure in LSU's defensive line rotation, perhaps even drawing a few starts. This means when you see him this fall, he'll be on the field participating in the game and not be one of the guys crowded around the other defensive players on the sidelines as the coaches scream at them and point angrily at a white grease board that's filled with sloppily drawn x's and o's.