Waukegan grad has caught on in big way
News-Sun staff report October 16, 2012 6:40PM
Mar’Quone Edmonds has had a great career as a wideout at the NCAA Division 2 level while playing for the University of Indinapolis. He wears No. 86 for the Greyhounds. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: November 18, 2012 6:30AM
The last time Waukegan High School’s football program had a winning season, then-junior Mar’quone Edmonds was a big part of the program as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner.
Years later, Mar’quone still is succeeding on the gridiron, only he’s now doing at the NCAA Division 2 level for the University of Indianapolis.
Recently, the senior wideout broke one school record and tied another and, in the process, was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this fall.
After setting personal bests with 14 catches and 212 receiving yards in the Greyhounds’ 45-13 win over Central State, the 6-2 Edmonds became UIndy’s all-time leader in career receptions while also becoming the first Greyhound to surpass 200 career catches.
In addition, his 14 receptions on the night tied the program’s single-game mark.
He matched another career high with three touchdowns, giving him 10 on the season.
Last season, Edmonds set the school record with 14 touchdown receptions and is already the school’s career leader in career TD catches (34).
Edmonds’ performance helped UIndy up its win streak to five and remain undefeated in conference play.
The Hounds have won each of their last five games by no less than three scores.
Edmonds has been a three-year starter for the Greyhounds after his freshman season was slowed by injuries.
His junior year at Waukegan High School, the Bulldogs finished 5-4, but missed out on the playoffs on a tiebreaker. Pat Jennings was the coach back then.
The following year, Waukegan’s team took a step back, and Jennings departed. He’s now the coach at St. Ignatius in Chicago.