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Editor's note: Day 7 in Saturday's paper will look at SoCon nonconference schedules.

There isn't much Armanti Edwards hasn't done in his college football career. Appalachian State's senior quarterback has done everything a player could dream of in his first three seasons.

National championships? He's won two. The Walter Payton Award? He won it last season.

Leave a lasting legacy? He's done that several times over, not only by putting up monster numbers but also by leading the Mountaineers to two of their record three straight titles and by helping guide his team to a 2007 win at Michigan, arguably the biggest upset in college football history.

Anything that happens this season is gravy.

Statistically, he had the best season of his stellar career last season, throwing for 2,902 yards, rushing for 941 and running and throwing for a combined 41 touchdowns, a Southern Conference record.

He also threw just two interceptions, in 224 attempts, during the regular season. All those gaudy numbers explain why Edwards is the lone FCS representative among the 21 NCAA Division I players nominated for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to college football's top senior quarterback.

There wouldn't appear to be much room for improvement in Edwards' game, but the humble and soft -poken star is no doubt driven to be even better this season.

After all, he did something last season he'd never done before: lost a playoff game. Richmond beat Appalachian State in the semifinals, picking off five Edwards passes, and then took ASU's place as FCS champion at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium.

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