Texas State at CU Buffs

When: Noon, Saturday

Where: Folsom Field

TV:Pac-12 Network

Radio:94.1 FM and 850 AM

Get Javier Edwards and defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat together and they can put on quite a show.

"He and coach Jeffcoat together sometimes can be a comedy skit," Colorado defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said.

Often, Edwards doesn't even have to say anything to make head coach Mike MacIntyre smile.

"Every time I see him I almost start laughing; he's brought a great joy to our team," MacIntyre said. "He's one of those guys that you walk in a room and there's always that guy you can talk to and he lights the room up and he always has that big smile on. That's Javy."

Although he's only been a part of the CU football program for about eight months, Edwards has already become a popular figure in the locker room, and he's developing into an important player on the field.

A 6-foot-3, 350-pound nose tackle, Edwards is a junior who transferred to CU last winter from Blinn College. As the man in the middle of the CU defensive line, he got his feet wet with his Buffaloes debut in Friday's 17-3 win against Colorado State.

"I feel like it went OK," Edwards said. "There's always room for improvement. This was a good game to see where I was and how I reacted to certain things. I feel like the sky is the limit from here. I can't do nothing but get better."


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Brought in to fill the role played by Josh Tupou — now with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals — last year, Edwards didn't waste any time making his presence known on and off the field.

He came to CU at 385 pounds, but proved immediately he was willing to work hard. By spring drills, he was down to 363, and he's lowered his weight even more since then.

Off the field, he's become a player that teammates, coaches and support staff love being around.

"He came here and got comfortable pretty fast," senior running back Phillip Lindsay said. "Javier, he's a big, loving teddy bear, pretty much. But he also handles his business and goes on about his business. I'm proud of him."

Friday's game against the Rams proved that Edwards has potential, but also has a long ways to go.

Squaring off against all-Mountain West center Jake Bennett of the Rams, Edwards finished with three tackles, but was also pushed around a little too much for his liking.

"It was a good first game, because I learned a lot," he said. "You have to keep your pad level low on guys like that and drive your feet. It's not like (junior college), where you win off pure talent. Now technique really comes into play. You have to really be technically sound when you play centers or the offensive line."

Edwards admitted he tried to rely too much on his talent and not enough on technique against the Rams.

"I have to trust the coaching and just do the right things," he said.

Still, Eliot said he was happy with Edwards' debut and the potential he has for improving.

"I thought Javier did some good things and I think Javier has a lot of talent," Eliot said. "He's getting better fundamentally every day. I think Javier is going to be a good player for us and have a great finish (to the season)."

That's Edwards' hope. Coaches often say teams make their biggest improvement from game No. 1 to game No. 2. Edwards believes that'll be true for himself, as well.

"The first game is when you knock all the jitters out, and it's like, 'OK, I'm ready to go now; I can do this,'" he said. "After that, you just get to rolling."

With his jovial personality and strong work ethic, there's little doubt Edwards will get rolling and become a major contributor for the Buffs.

"He's just got to keep pushing and getting better and better and better," MacIntyre said.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.