Duke Football BIO
27 DeVon Edwards
2015: Returning starter at the Rover safety position ... returning All-ACC safety and All-America return specialist ... candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, an honor given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in college football ... candidate for the Thorpe Award, an honor given annually to the nation’s top defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association ... preseason All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports (2nd team KR & 3rd team S), Lindy’s Sports (1st team DB) and Phil Steele’s College Football Yearbook (1st team KR & 2nd team DB) ... charted as the No. 5 safety in the nation by Lindy’s Sports ... member of Duke’s defensive backfield ranked No. 6 nationally by Lindy’s Sports ... in 27 games (20 starts), has 197 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 quarterback sacks, four INTs, five caused fumbles, two QB pressures and 15 PBUs while returning 48 kickoffs for 1,319 yards (27.48) and three TDs ... alongside LB Kelby Brown (114 in 2013) and S Jeremy Cash (121 in 2013 & 111 in 2014), provides Duke with one of two active trios nationally to have recorded 100+ tackles each in a single season, joining Wake Forest ... joins fellow safeties Cash and Deondre Singleton along with cornerbacks Breon Borders and Bryon Fields as one of five returning starters in the defensive secondary and the quintet has combined for 742 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, 19 INTs, 59 PBUs and 13 caused fumbles along with 8,975 snaps of experience ... has five career TDs on two INT returns and three KO returns ... shares ACC and NCAA record for longest kickoff return (100 yards vs. N.C. State, 2013) ... holds Duke single-season record for kickoff return average (30.21 in 2013) ... shares Duke single-season records for INT returns for TDs (2 in 2013) and kickoff returns for TDs (2 in 2013) ... shares Duke single-game record for INT returns for TDs (2 vs. N.C. State, 2013) ... shares Duke career record for kickoff returns for TDs (3; with Randy Jones) ... one of two players in NCAA history to score TDs via INT return on consecutive snaps from scrimmage (25 & 45 yards against N.C. State in 2013), joining former Duke CB Leon Wright (Army, 2009 ... among active players in the ACC, ranks first in kickoff returns for TDs, first in kickoff return average, fifth in tackles and fifth in kickoff return yards ... among active players nationally, ranks tied for fourth for kickoff returns for TDs ... has reached double figures in the tackle column nine times including a career-high 15 stops versus North Carolina in 2014 ... has played 1,791 career snaps ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the team in vertical jump (37’0”) while ranking second in the broad jump (10’2”) ... two-time ACC weekly honoree following wins over N.C. State (Rookie; 2013) and Pittsburgh (Specialist; 2014) ... two-time Academic All-ACC selection.
2014: Honorable mention All-America pick as a return specialist by Sports Illustrated ... All-ACC choice by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association as both a return specialist (3rd team) and safety (Honorable mention) ... Academic All-ACC selection ... Capital One Academic All-District III honoree ... ACC Specialist of the Week following Duke’s win over Pittsburgh ... recipient of the program’s K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award for playing the most snaps (1,068) ... started all 13 games ... posted 133 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 quarterback sacks, one INT, nine PBUs, five caused fumbles and two QB pressures ... returned 29 kickoffs for 745 yards (25.69) and one TD ... in the ACC, ranked second in tackles, second in caused fumbles per game (0.38), third in tackles per game (10.23), fourth in kickoff return average, 14th in passes defended per game (0.77) and 20th in sacks per game (0.35) ... nationally, ranked seventh in caused fumbles per game, 18th in tackles per game and 20th in kickoff return average ... on Duke’s single-season charts, totals ranked tied for second for caused fumbles, seventh for kickoff return yards, seventh for kickoff return average, tied for ninth for kickoff returns and tied for 18th in total tackles ... reached double figures in the tackle column seven times including a season-high 15-stop outing versus North Carolina ... other double digit tackle totals came against Troy (14), Arizona State (14), Wake Forest (13), Virginia Tech (12), Virginia (10) and Pittsburgh (10) ... closed the season on a high note by averaging 13.50 tackles over the final four games of the year ... spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort in the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Arizona State with a game-high 14 tackles along with one sack and one caused fumble ... also against the Sun Devils, set Hyundai Sun Bowl record for kickoff return yards (135) while matching the event standard for kickoff returns (5) ... matched the second-highest single-game total for caused fumbles in school history with a pair in the road win at Troy ... lone INT of the year came against Kansas ... returned four kickoffs for a season-high 160 yards and one TD in the win at Pittsburgh ... kickoff return for a TD covered 99 yards to match the sixth-longest kickoff return in Duke history ... return average of 40.00 against the Panthers established the seventh-highest single-game mark in school history ... on the field for 1,068 snaps.
2013: All-America selection as a kick return specialist by the Walter Camp Foundation (2nd team), Athlon Sports (3rd team), Phil Steele (3rd team) and Sports Illustrated (HM) ... Freshman All-America choice as a kick return specialist by Sporting News (1st team), Phil Steele (1st team) and Athlon Sports (2nd team) ... third team All-ACC pick by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association as a return specialist ... Academic All-ACC selection ... finished second in the balloting for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... finished tied for third in the balloting for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the league’s head coaches ... played in all 14 games with seven starts ... started the final seven games of the season ... recorded 64 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, three INTs and six PBUs ... returned 19 kickoffs for 574 yards (30.21) and two TDs ... returned two INTs for TDs ... earned Nagurski National Player of the Week, Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and ACC Rookie of the Week following 10-tackle, 2-INT, 1-PBU performance versus N.C. State that included three TDs on a 100-yard KOR, 25-yard INT return and 45-yard INT return ... against the Wolfpack, became the second player in NCAA history, joining former Duke CB Leon Wright (vs. Army, 2009), to score TDs via INT return on consecutive snaps from scrimmage and became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to score three non-offensive TDs since September 20, 2003, when Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins returned three punts for scores against UCLA in Norman ... in the ACC, ranked second in kickoff return average and 19th in passes defended per game (0.64) ... nationally, ranked third in kickoff return average ... one of four players nationally with multiple kickoff returns for TDs of 99+ yards, joining Autrey Golden of UTEP, Ty Montgomery of Stanford and Carlos Wiggins of New Mexico ... reached double figures in the tackle column twice against N.C. State and Virginia Tech (12) ... had 5+ tackles in six of the final seven games of the year ... posted a season-high three PBUs in the win over Miami ... in Duke’s 27-25 win over North Carolina that clinched the ACC Coastal Division championship, carded eight tackles, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD and sealed the victory with an INT with just 13 seconds remaining in the fourth period ... recorded two of the top five single-game kickoff return average standards in school history against N.C. State (49.33; 2nd) and North Carolina (46.00; 5th) ... posted the second-highest single-game all-purpose yardage total by a freshman in school history with 218 yards against N.C. State ... set school single-season record for kickoff return average (minimum 18 returns) ... matched school single-season record for KO returns for TDs, equaling the standard set by Randy Jones in 1990 ... matched school single-season record for INT returns for TDs, equaling the standard set by Gordon Carver (1945), Ernie Jackson (1971), Wyatt Smith (1989), John Talley (2004) and Leon Wright (2009) ... tied for the team lead with 10 tackles on special teams (Juwan Thompson) ... played 723 snaps.
2012: Did not see game action.
2015 DUKE TRACK & FIELD: Member of Duke’s track and field program in the spring of 2015 ... at the Duke Invitational on April 11, placed second in the 100-meters (10.61) while posting the fourth-fastest time in school history ... on April 24, ran the second leg of the 4x100 relay team at the Penn Relays as Duke finished 19th with a time of 41.63.
2014 DUKE TRACK & FIELD: Member of Duke’s track and field program in the spring of 2014 ... in first collegiate meet on April 5, the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C., posted a 100-meter time of 10.73 which matched the school’s third-fastest mark of the season ... also combined with football teammates Issac Blakeney, Ryan Smith and Josh Snead to comprise Duke’s 4x100 relay team and posted a time of 41.32, then the second-fastest mark in Duke history ... at the ACC Championship meet on April 18 in Chapel Hill, N.C., teamed with Blakeney, Smith and Marcus Wright to place sixth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 41.15, marking the second-fastest time in Duke history ... teamed with Blakeney, Wright and Robert Rohner on Duke’s 4x200 relay team to place third in the College Men’s IC4A Championship at the Penn Relays on April 26, running time of 1:25.28.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year letterman at Alcovy under coach Kirk Hoffman ... helped Alcovy to a division championship as a senior and a pair of state playoff berths in 2009 and 2011 ... as a senior, carded 49 tackles, nine PBUs and one interception while gaining 1,978 all-purpose yards with 20 total touchdowns en route to garnering Region 3-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year honors ... second team all-state pick by the Georgia Sportswriters Association as a return specialist after averaging 41 yards per kickoff return and returning four kickoffs for TDs in 2011 ... set school single-season records for all-purpose yards, total touchdowns and kick-off returns for touchdowns while becoming just the third player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season (1,009) ... rushed for a career-high 274 yards with three touchdowns in Alcovy’s 44-28 win over Jones County on October 7, 2011 ... received all-area and all-county accolades ... also lettered in basketball, earning all-region honors.
PERSONAL: Son of James and Valarie Edwards ... born December 7, 1992 ... majoring in psychology while pursuing a certificate in markets and management.