"I think the one thing to remember,'' Edwards said, "is that they're better now than they were early in the season. Certainly, they're running a lot more things. They've got a lot more experience.
"They replaced a lot of guys in the beginning of the season and had a lot of new guys out there. Being that early in the season, I don't think we're going to see the same ballclub [on Friday]. They're playing with a lot more confidence.''
Edwards knows that whatever Hurricane decides to run on Friday, quarterback Austin Hensley will play a big part.
Hensley handles the ball on virtually every play, so the offense goes through him. He's attempted 275 passes already this season and run the ball 87 times, so he's figured into 362 offensive plays in 10 games. He's thrown for 2,156 yards and 21 touchdowns.
"He's a really good quarterback,'' Edwards said. "He's got a strong arm and does a really nice job. He's got a good supporting cast to go with him, too, and a scheme that makes it all work.''
In the first game with GW, Hensley hit on 11 of 29 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. It was the second-most amount of passing yardage allowed by the Patriots in the regular season.
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