Edenfield to play final game for Trojans

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2015

When the Trojan football season comes to an end Saturday it will also bring the end of an era for a father and son.

Charles Henderson Alum and current Troy wide receiver KD Edenfield will play his final game with his father and co-offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield.

KD graduated from Charles Henderson after being a three-year letter winner for the Trojans as both a quarterback and safety. While at Charles Henderson he helped the Trojans to 20 wins in his three years.

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After coming to Troy in hopes of competing for a quarterback spot with Dallas Tidwell, KD elected to play wide receiver.

He has put up 513 yards during his career playing for his dad.

“I think it’s going to be bittersweet,” KD said. “I’m sure it’s going to be sad not to play for him anymore. I’m excited to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

That chapter hopefully will include an opportunity to coach, like his father.

Edenfield has had the opportunity to coach his son for five years.

“It’s been really, really special,” he said. “It’s something you’ll always remember. I wasn’t able to coach him when he was younger – got to watch him play a lot – but never really got to coach him. It’s been good. He’s a competitor.”

Edenfield has balanced being a father and a coach to his son. KD’s scrappy and physical play on the field makes it easy.

“There’s been a couple of times where I see something then he sees it differently,” Edenfield said. “He’s one of those guys – an overachiever. Limited a little bit in some things but really scrappy and gets after it. That’s been really easy to coach. I think he takes coaching well.”

With all the coaching and the guidance, KD admits there were only a few times over the last five years that he has gotten frustrated with his father

“There were certainly a few where I was frustrated with him and I’m sure he has gotten frustrated with me,” he said, adding “it hasn’t been too bad.”

Fittingly the final game KD will play as a Trojan will be in front of plenty of family when they return home to Louisiana.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” KD said. “I talked to my grandma earlier this week. We have a bunch of people coming to the game, so it’s going to be fun.”

KD has high aspirations of pursuing a coaching career following his career at Troy. His father believes he is more than capable of handling the job.

“He wants to be a coach,” Edenfield said. “I think he’s trying to soak up all the different guys he’s been around. I think he’s enjoyed being around Coach (Neal) Brown this year – just a different change. He loved Coach (Larry) Blakeney, and I think it’s been good for him to see different ways to do things.”

Trojans will face Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday at 4 p.m.