Standout linebackers have to be able to read a situation and react quickly — which could be a reason it was easy for recent Stephenville graduate Eric Edwards to accept an invite to the Texas High School Coaches Association 2007 All-Star Football Game.

Edwards was asked if he’d like to fill a vacancy on the North team’s roster Friday, and was signed up for the game later that day.

The contest gives Edwards “another chance to play” before he heads to Abilene Christian for two-a-days early next month.

“It just sounds like a good opportunity,” he said.

The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Texas Christian’s Amon Carter Field, and will be televised on FSN Southwest.

Practices for the game begin Friday.

Playing in the all-star game is a “great opportunity for the young man,” Yellow Jackets head coach Chad Morris said, as well as being a “great trademark for our program.”

Edwards put in a “lot of hours and a lot of hard work,” Morris said, and this invitation serves as further recognition of his effort.

Edwards said he expects to be red-shirted his freshman season, a move that he thinks will help him mentally, noting the steep learning curve that marks the transition from high school to college football.

He has spent the summer “getting prepared” for the fall, but also enjoying his time off — and the all-star game will provide a fun cap to his summer.

“It’ll be a good experience,” Edwards said.