Two Denton ISD DEs shined in bowls


Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Oklahoma State defensive Jimmy Bean both starred in their respective bowl games. Edwards graduated from Ryan, while Bean graduated from Guyer.

While watching Florida State come from behind and beat Auburn in a thriller for the final BCS championship before we head to playoff system (rejoice!), it hit me.

There’s a pretty solid chance that in two years we could have two high draft picks in Denton ISD products, who just happen to play the same position.

You see, I covered the Cotton Bowl on Friday and saw former Guyer standout Jimmy Bean dominate a tough Missouri offensive line. Then, of course, on Monday night everyone watched former Ryan standout Mario Edwards turn in an equally dominant effort against Auburn to earn himself a national championship.

In fact, the numbers are eerily similar.

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Edwards Jr. helps Florida State win BCS title, brings spotlight to Ryan again

After signing with Florida State in 2012, Ryan graduate Mario Edwards Jr. helped the Seminoles win their third national championship on Monday night.

On Monday night in the BCS National Championship game, Florida State sophomore defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. came up with a performance that shouldn’t shock people around here.

In Florida State’s 34-31 win over Auburn for the Seminoles’ third national title, Edwards racked up six tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.

The Mississippi native joins defensive end Jarvis Moss (Florida, 2007) defensive tackle Derek Lokey (Texas, 2006) and Ishie Oduegwu (Texas, 2006) as former Ryan players to win a national championship.

It was only fitting that Edwards put Ryan in the spotlight in one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

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Ryan-ex Mario Edwards Jr. to play in tonight’s BCS title game

Florida State sophomore defensive end and Ryan graduate Mario Edwards will start for the No. 1 Seminoles in tonight's BCS National Championship game.

Last week, former area high school football standouts headlined the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri.

But on the final day of the college football season, another area standout will play a prominent role in the most prominent game of the season.

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