Humble leadership

Published 11:19 pm Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Last December when offensive coordinator Tony Franklin left the Troy Trojans, the Charles Henderson Trojans received a blessing in disguise. Troy University filled the gap by promoting Neal Brown to offensive coordinator and hired Kenny Edenfield to coach inside receivers.

The Charles Henderson Trojans got a new quarterback out of the deal.

K.D. Edenfield came in to play for the Henderson Trojans after moving to Troy from Florence High School, and the move has been good for all involved.

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“I was excited,” K.D. Edenfield said. “It was something different moving down here. My dad got the job at Troy over Christmas break last year, and we moved down here in the second week of January so I could go through spring training.”

Edenfield joined the team, went through spring training, and this week he was named the Offensive Player of The Week by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

“It feels good, but I can’t do anything without the offensive line blocking so well and our great receivers,” Edenfield said.

Edenfield is a humble person, a humble player and he always puts his team first.

He is a firm believer in not worrying about how a season starts, but more about how the team can finish, and he’s in the leadership role that can take the Trojans to the finish they want to earn.

“This season started off real great,” Edenfield said. “We started getting unfocused. We had a couple of days of bad practice, and that made us know that we need to try that much harder.”

The Trojans had a difficult stretch, losing three straight games, but the Trojans bounced back last week with a region victory over Rehobeth.

“I’m just looking forward to the end result,” Edenfield said.

Edenfield has never made it past the first round of the playoffs in his high school career, and he is well aware of the run the Trojans made last season.

“It would mean a lot (to make it far in the playoffs),” Edenfield said. “I want us to make it to the state championship, especially for the seniors.”

Edenfield also feels like his team can make it to the big game in Birmingham.

“If we stay focused and execute we should be able to make a run,” he said. “I don’t really think about it right now though. We’ve just got to win each game. I want to win state ultimately. I have to lead and not make any mistakes and keep everybody up.”

Edenfield is a humble leader and he, like all of the Trojans, wants to make big things happen the rest of the way this season and into the playoffs.