Kentucky safety Mike Edwards is returning for his senior season rather than declaring for the NFL draft. Edwards announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter.
“After long consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to come back for my senior year at Kentucky!” Edwards wrote. “I want to get better prepared for the NFL and improve physically and mentally. I’m also happy about the decision to return because I am on track to graduate in December! Now it’s time to go win the SEC East!”
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— Mike Edwards (@M__Edwards7) January 9, 2018
The Cincinnati native led Kentucky with 7.5 tackles per game — tied for ninth in the SEC. He had a team-high 4 interceptions and 7 pass breakups this season.
The junior started all 13 games in both of the last two seasons. Edwards started five games as a freshman and played in all 12. He has 236 tackles and 8 interceptions in his Kentucky career.
“Great to have Mike coming back,” coach Mark Stoops tweeted. “Another senior leader and big-play performer for our defense!”
It’s consecutive days of good news for Stoops’ defense. On Monday, junior outside linebacker Josh Allen announced he was returning for his senior season.