David Farragut Edwards
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Edwards pictured c. 1897
Biographical details
Bornc. 1872
Jersey City, New Jersey
DiedDecember 6, 1930 (aged 58)
Spring Lake, New Jersey
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Ohio State
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

David Farragut Edwards (c. 1872 – December 6, 1930) was an American football player, coach, and lawyer. He served for one season each at Ohio State University (1897) and the University of Texas at Austin (1898), compiling a career record of 6–8–1. Before coaching, Edwards played football at Princeton University. After his coaching career, he practiced law in his home state of New Jersey, and from 1914 to 1930 he held the office of New Jersey Supervisor of Inheritance Taxes.

Early life and familyEdit

Edwards was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His older brother was Edward I. Edwards was served as Governor of New Jersey from 1920 to 1923 and in the United States Senate from 1923 to 1929.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

In 1897, at Ohio State, Edwards had a 1–7–1 record, the worst in the history of the program. He was the first Ohio State Buckeyes football coach to face Michigan. In 1898, Edwards took over at Texas and had a 5–1 record that season. While at Texas, he unsuccessfully attempted to change the school colors from orange and white to orange and maroon.

Later lifeEdit

Following the 1898 season, Edwards returned to New Jersey, where he was admitted to the bar in 1901, and practiced law in Jersey City. He served as New Jersey Supervisor of Inheritance Taxes from 1914 until his death in 1930. Edwards died at the age of 58 on December 7, 1930 of "acute indigestion" in at his home in Spring Lake, New Jersey.[1]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ohio State Buckeyes (Independent) (1897)
1897 Ohio State 1–7–1
Ohio State: 1–7–1
Texas Longhorns (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1898)
1898 Texas 5–1
Texas: 5–1
Total: 6–8–1


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