Oregon has a budding star in freshman hurdler Eric Edwards Jr. It's just unclear if they'll have him in uniform again this indoor season.
Edwards hasn't competed since breaking his left collarbone last month and he isn't entered in this weekend's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet in Seattle. Still, coach Robert Johnson wouldn't rule out Edward's return for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships taking place March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
“From a medical standpoint, his shoulder is structurally sound,” said Johnson, who can enter Edwards into the NCAA Indoor meet early next week and then medically scratch him by March 5 if he isn’t ready to compete. “They put a screw in it so he’s good to go. … The fear always is if he falls again will he rebreak it? From a training standpoint he’s back running and doing those-type things.”
His return would certainly give the 10th-ranked Ducks a boost. Edwards ran his personal-best time of 7.69 seconds in the 60 hurdles at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 26. It still stands as the seventh fastest time in the NCAA this season and the fourth fastest in program history. It was also his fourth straight race with an improved time.
A week later he posted a photo on social media from a hospital bed post surgery, much to the chagrin of his coach.
“We talked to Eric about that,” Johnson said. “He should not have posted those pictures that allowed those things to get into the media so I wouldn’t have to sit here and get asked questions about those things. ... But he’s a freshman, he’s learning, he’s young, we’ll figure it out next time.”