Fordham’s success over the last three years would not have been the same without star running back Chase Edmonds.
The 2015 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year made history in Saturday’s 54-14 victory against Holy Cross in the Ram-Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium. He opened the scoring in the Bronx with a 41-yard touchdown run. In doing so, he crossed the 5,000-yard mark for his career. The junior, whose total stands at 5,104, needs 1,455 yards to match the 14-year-old FCS record held by Georgia Southern’s Adrian Peterson.
By the end, he carried 23 times for 119 yards and scored four touchdowns, making him the conference’s career rushing touchdowns leader, to go along with seven catches for 77 yards.
Edmonds is not known to talk about himself, but his coach has no problem admiring his talents.
“With all due respect to all the running backs in FCS football, Chase Edmonds is the best running back in FCS football,” said Andrew Breiner after Fordham’s win over Colgate on Nov. 5. “I believe in Chase Edmonds, and I will always hand Chase Edmonds the ball in critical situations.”
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native was off and running for the Rams as a freshman in 2014, earning Patriot League Rookie of the Year and the Jerry Rice award, which is given to the NCAA FCS Rookie of the Year.
Edmonds’ performance this season earned his way into the conversation for the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the FCS offensive player of the year. He leads the FCS in rushing yards with 1,618 yards — 182 more than the next-best tally — and is tied for third in rushing touchdowns (16).
Before the game against Holy Cross, Edmonds was held scoreless through four games. After finding his spark against the Crusaders, Fordham (7-3, 4-1 Patriot) will depend on him and the offensive line to click in their regular-season finale Saturday at Bucknell (4-6, 3-2).