With every great performance, Armanti Edwards does more than just add to his legacy and rewrite the record books. He raises the bar for how FCS greatness is measured.
Last Saturday at Furman, the Appalachian State senior quarterback completed 25 of 36 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 106 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries in the No. 8 Mountaineers' 52-27 whipping of the Paladins. And he didn't even play in the fourth quarter.
"He's the most versatile quarterback that's ever been in this league," Furman coach Bobby Lamb said.
He earned Southern Conference and national player of the week honors for his Furman performance, but huge games like that are nothing new for the 2008 Walter Payton Award winner. In 46 career games, he has 59 rushing touchdowns and 72 TD passes.
Well, one thing was different about that game. In the second quarter he became the first player in Division I history to throw for 9,000 yards and rush for 4,000 in a career. Heading into Saturday's game against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (5-3, 3-3) at Kidd Brewer Stadium, the 6-foot, 184-pound Edwards had 9,174 career passing yards and 4,132 career rushing yards.
"I never thought it would come out this way," Edwards said of his career. "It's exciting to know that I've accomplished so many things, but I have to thank my teammates and my coaches for getting me here.
"Without the other 10 people on the field, it's kind of hard to get all those yards."
In his first two seasons at Appalachian State, when he led the Mountaineers (6-2, 5-0) to the second and third of their three straight national championships, Edwards was considered more of a runner than a passer.
"I think everybody got caught up in his ability to escape people," Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore said. "But he's always thrown the ball well."
As a freshman, he rushed for 1,153 yards and 15 touchdowns and threw for 2,251 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The following season, he rushed for 1,588 yards and 21 scores and threw for 1,948 yards, with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Edwards' passing numbers took off last season when he completed 64.1 percent of his passes and threw for a SoCon-high 2,902 yards, with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Five of those interceptions came in a loss to Richmond in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Edwards is doing more throwing and less running again this season, though as Mocs coach Russ Huesman said, "If they wanted to run him more, he'd be averaging 144 a game."
Through seven games -- he missed the opener due to the now infamous lawnmower accident -- Edwards is second in the nation in total offense with an average of 361.86 yards per game: 297.6 passing and 64.3 running. Edwards has completed 72.1 percent of his passes this season for 2,083 yards, with 10 touchdowns and only one interception.
Lamb has been at Furman for more than two decades and he's seen plenty of amazing players pass through the SoCon. But he said he's never anyone quite like Edwards.
"I've been here a long time and I would always rate (former Georgia Southern quarterback) Tracy Ham No. 1, but after this year Armanti Edwards would go to the top of my list," he said.
That's high praise considering Ham was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007, but there's no denying Edwards' place at or near the top of the list of FCS all-time greats.