Carolina takes gamble on Mountaineer talent

The Carolina Panthers have gotten an infusion of talent from a small school in the North Carolina Mountains.

WRs Armanti Edwards and Dexter Jackson both were key players for the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the last few years.

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Jackson, a former Southern Conference 200-meter dash champion, helped the Mountaineers win three consecutive NCAA Division-I Football Championship Subdivision titles during his tenure. He was a standout receiver and kick return specialist who was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Edwards, the second of the Panthers’ 2010 third round picks, is perhaps the most decorated player ever to come out of Appalachian State. Holding most every school and Southern Conference record as a quarterback, the Panthers hope to use his speed and agility at wide receiver in the NFL.

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“He obviously is a little bit of a projection,” Hurney said of Edwards after selecting him in April, “but the versatility that he brings — he is an athlete; he is a football player. He plays the game with an intensity and a toughness that you like. He’s got speed and he’s just a competitive, tough football player.”

Edwards is nearly a lock to make the team, however Jackson will have to prove his worth during training camp and the preseason to have a shot at sticking.