A leading candidate for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to the nation?s top placekicker . . . heads into his second season as Michigan State?s starting placekicker . . . rated among the nation?s top 10 placekickers according to Lindy?s College Football Annual (No. 5) and The Sporting News (No. 7) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by the Football News, Lindy?s and Athlon . . . teams with punter Craig Jarrett to give the Spartans one of the top kicking tandems in the country . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Named first-team All-American by the All-American Football Foundation in 1998 . . . earned third-team All-America honors from the Football News . . . second-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media . . . presented the Jim Adams Award as MSU?s unsung hero . . . appeared in 11 games in ?98 (DNP vs. Central Michigan/sprained right ankle) and played 34.5 minutes . . . led the Big Ten and ranked third in the NCAA in field goals at 2.0 made per game . . . finished second in the league and No. 18 nationally in scoring at 8.6 points per game . . . his 94 points represent the most scored in a season by a Spartan placekicker . . . connected on a school single-season record 22-of-26 field-goal attempts (.846) . . . also converted a Spartan-record 13-consecutive field goals during a four-game stretch . . . hit 8-of-9 field-goal attempts (.889) from 40-plus yards . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after tying MSU?s single-game record with five field goals vs. Northwestern (39, 46, 38, 21 and 30 yards) . . . again tied the MSU single-game record with five field goals vs. top-ranked Ohio State, including a career-long 49-yarder, to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second-straight week . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking three field goals vs. Indiana (48, 47 and 22 yards) . . . converted 28-of-31 extra-point attempts (.903) . . . 14 of his 61 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in all 12 games in 1997, with 88 special teams appearances . . . averaged 39.2 yards on 54 punts . . . hit three punts 50-plus yards . . . had 10 punts downed inside the opponent?s 20-yard line . . . provided a season-long 43-yard field goal vs. Washington in the Aloha Bowl . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Ohio State after averaging 46.7 yards on seven punts, including a career-long 62 yarder . . . averaged 41.7 yards on three punts vs. Notre Dame and pinned the Irish inside their 20-yard line twice . . . also handled the placekicking duties over the last three games of the season . . . scored 16 points in ?97, hitting three-of-five field-goal attempts (.600) and seven-of-nine extra-point tries (.778) . . . kicked two field goals vs. Illinois, from 25 and 30 yards . . . four of his 17 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 12 games in 1996 and played 35.5 minutes . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten in punting with his 41.8-yard average (55 punts) . . . produced MSU?s best single-season average since Josh Butland averaged 43.1 yards in 1989 . . . hit nine punts 50 or more yards . . . had 14 punts downed inside the opponent?s 20-yard line . . . finished strong averaging 46.3 yards per punt over the last five games . . . averaged 47.1 yards on eight punts vs. Stanford in the Sun Bowl, including a 50-, 52- and season-long 57-yarder . . . pinned Stanford inside its 20-yard line three times . . . named MSU Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Michigan after averaging 42.3 yards on three punts . . . averaged 49.3 yards on three punts vs. Wisconsin, including a 50-yarder . . . selected Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 42.7 yards on 10 punts vs. Nebraska, including 55- and 57-yard efforts . . . missed his only field-goal attempt, from 27 yards vs. Eastern Michigan . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Listed among the nation's top 13 placekickers by Blue Chip Illustrated . . . earned all-state and All-Polk County honors as a senior . . . kicked 11 field goals in 1995, including a career-best 53-yarder . . . averaged 42 yards per punt as a senior . . . made nine field goals as a junior, including a 49-yarder . . . 46 of his 51 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks . . . played for Coach Dave Robson at Kathleen Senior High School in Lakeland, Fla. . . . won three letters in soccer and earned Class 4A all-state honors . . . born Jan. 17, 1978, in Frankfort, Mich. . . . majoring in park recreation and tourism.
Edinger?s Career Statistics
PAT FG PTS 1996 0-0 0-1 0 1997 7-9 3-5 16 1998 28-31 22-26 94 Career 35-40(.875) 25-32 (.781) 110
-20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Total LG 1996 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 ? 1997 0-0 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-0 3-5 43 1998 0-0 6-6 9-12 8-10 0-0 22-26 49 Career 0-0 7-8 10-14 9-12 0-0 25-32 49
G No. Yds. Avg. LG 1996 12 55 2297 41.8 57 1997 12 54 2118 39.2 62 1998 11 5 146 29.2 41 Career 35 114 4561 40.0 62