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DeVon Edwards
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DeVon Edwards 816536
Position: Safety/Cornerback
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 180
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Covington, Ga.
High School: Alcovy
2016: Expected to start at cornerback after transitioning from safety during spring drills ... returning All-ACC defensive back, All-America return specialist and Academic All-America student-athlete ... preseason All-America pick as a return specialist by Athlon Sports (4th team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd team) ... charted as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the nation by Lindy’s Sports ... preseason All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports as both return specialist (1st team) and defensive back (3rd) ... preseason All-ACC selection by ESPN Sports as a return specialist (1st team) ... preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy’s Sports as both return specialist (2nd team) and defensive back (2nd) ... preseason All-ACC selection by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview as both return specialist (1st team) and defensive back (4th) ... one of two active players who earned both All-America and Academic All-America honors last season, joining Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey ... four-time ACC weekly honoree following games against N.C. State (Rookie; 2013), Pittsburgh (Specialist; 2014), Georgia Tech (Specialist; 2015) and Virginia (Specialist; 2015) ... three-time Academic All-ACC selection (2013-14-15) ... candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award, an honor presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the nation’s top defensive player ... 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 Jim Thorpe Award, an honor given annually by the Jim Thorpe Association to the nation’s top defensive back ... candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for community service ... candidate for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and Campbell Trophy ... candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy, an honor presented annually by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement ... in 40 games (33 starts), has 298 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 5.5 quarterback sacks, five INTs, five caused fumbles, 21 PBUs and six QB pressures while returning 72 kickoffs for 2,019 yards (28.04) and six TDs ... has scored 48 career points on eight TDs (two INT returns & six KO returns) ... has played 2,875 career snaps ... shares ACC and NCAA record for longest kickoff return (100 yards vs. N.C. State, 2013 & vs. Georgia Tech, 2015) ... shares Duke single-game record for INT returns for TDs (2 vs. N.C. State, 2013) ... 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 ... holds Duke single-season records for kickoff return average (30.21 in 2013) and kickoff returns for TDs (3 in 2015) ... holds Duke career record for kickoff returns for TDs ... shares Duke single-season record for INT returns for TDs (2 in 2013) ... among active players nationally, ranks first in kickoff returns for TDs, second in kickoff return yards, third in kickoff return average and sixth in kickoff returns ... also ranks fifth among active players nationally in total tackles behind Rutgers’ Steve Longa (342), Kent State’s Nate Holley (315), New Mexico’s Dakota Cox (312) and San Jose State’s Christian Tago (311) ... among active players in the ACC, ranks first in tackles, first in kickoff returns, first in kickoff return yards, first in kickoff returns for TDs, second in kickoff return average, third in PBUs, third in total passes defended and tied for fourth in INTs ... pairs with S Deondre Singleton (212 tackles) to give Duke the ACC’s top active tandem with 510 combined stops ... one of five Duke defensive backs with 25+ games played and 1,000+ total snaps of experience entering the 2016 season, joining CB Breon Borders, CB Bryon Fields, S Corbin McCarthy and Singleton ... one of seven active players nationally with 100+ tackles in each of the past two seasons, joining Dominque Alexander of Oklahoma, Quin Blanding of Virginia, Nate Holley of Kent State, Steve Longa of Rutgers, Jalen Reeves-Maybin of Tennessee and Jordan Sterns of Oklahoma State ... pairs with Singleton to give Duke the lone pair of active players nationally with 60+ tackles each in each of the past three seasons ... one of three active players in the ACC and 18 players nationally with 60+ tackles in each of the past three seasons ... has reached double figures in the tackle column 12 times including a career-high 15 stops versus both North Carolina (2014) and Virginia (2015) ... six career kickoff returns for TDs have come against N.C. State (100 yards; 2013), North Carolina (99; 2013), Pittsburgh (99; 2014), Tulane (95; 2015), Georgia Tech (100; 2015) and Virginia (94; 2015) ... on Duke’s career charts, ranks first in kickoff return average, first in kickoff returns for TDs, second in kickoff return yards, tied for third in INT returns for TDs, fifth in kickoff returns, 12th in PBUs and 19th in tackles ... sits two tackles shy of becoming the 19th player in Duke history to post 300+ tackles ... sits one kickoff return TD short of the ACC and NCAA record of seven held by C.J. Spiller of Clemson (2006-09) ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the team in the vertical jump (39.0”), ranked second in the broad jump (10’5”) and paced the DB unit in power clean lift (308 lbs.).

2015: 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) ... All-ACC selection by the league’s head coaches as both a return specialist (2nd team) and safety (Honorable mention) ... second team CoSIDA Academic All-America choice ... first team CoSIDA One Academic All-District III honoree ... Academic All-ACC selection ... two-time ACC Specialist of the Week pick following games against Georgia Tech and Virginia ... recipient of the program’s the Willis Aldridge Award as the team’s top defensive back ... one of five players nationally to earn both All-America and Academic All-America honors, joining teammate Ross Martin, Baylor’s Spencer Drango, Oklahoma’s Ty Darlington and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey ... started all 13 games (weeks 1-11 at S; week 12 & bowl game at CB) ... carded 101 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 quarterback sack, one INT, six PBUs and four QB pressures ... returned 24 kickoffs for 700 yards (29.17) and three TDs ... set school single-season record for kickoff returns for TDs while posting the second-highest single-season mark for kickoff return average ... in the ACC, ranked first in kickoff return average, first in kickoff returns for TDs and 11th in tackles per game (7.77) ... nationally, ranked tied for second in kickoff returns for TDs, fifth in kickoff return average and tied for 98th in tackles per game  ... hit double digits in the tackle column three times against Virginia Tech (15), North Carolina (12) and Northwestern (11) ... logged nine stops versus Boston College, Miami and Pittsburgh ... lone INT of the year came against Northwestern ... posted single-game TFLs versus Tulane and Miami ... had two PBUs in wins over Wake Forest and Indiana ... carded three kickoff returns for TDs against Tulane (95 yards), Georgia Tech (100) and Virginia (94) ... teamed with LB Dwayne Norman (114) and S Jeremy Cash (101) to form the ACC’s only trio with 100+ tackles each ... on the field for 1,084 snaps.

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 (1st 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 stops 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) ... in the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Arizona State, had a game-high 14 tackles 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 ... reached double figures in the tackle column twice against N.C. State and Virginia Tech (12) ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 two playoff berths in 2009 and 2011 ... as a senior, carded 49 tackles, nine PBUs and one INT while gaining 1,978 all-purpose yards with 20 total TDs 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 TDs and kickoff returns for TDs ... also lettered in basketball, earning all-region honors.

PERSONAL: Son of James and Valarie Edwards ... born December 7, 1992 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2016 with a degree in psychology and a certificate in markets and management ... currently pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies.



DeVon Edwards' Career Stats
Year G/GS Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
2013  14/7  37  27  64  0.5-2  0.0-0  3  6  0  0  0
2014 13/13 77 56 133 7.5-48 4.5-43 1 9 5 0 2
Total 27/20 114 83 197 8.0-50 4.5-43 4 15 5 0 2

DeVon Edwards' Career Kickoff Return Stats
Year G/GS KOR Yards Avg. TD Lg
2013  14/7  19  574  30.21  2  100
2014 13/13 29 745 25.69 1 99
Total 27/20 48 1,319 27.48 3  100

2013 Game Log
Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
N.C. Central  0  2  2  0.5-2  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Memphis  0  0  0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Georgia Tech  0  0  0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Pitt  1  1  2  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Troy  0  0  0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Navy  1  1  2  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia  2  1  3  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech  5  7  12  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
NC State  6  4  10  0.0-0  0.0-0  2  1  0  0  0
Miami  4  4  8  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  3  0  0  0
Wake Forest  1  2  3  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
North Carolina  6  2  8  0.0-0  0.0-0  1  1  0  0  0
Florida State  4  1  5  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  1  0  0  0
Texas A&M  7  2  9  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0

2013 Game Log
Opponent KOR Yds Lg TD PR Yds Lg TD
N.C. Central  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Memphis  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Georgia Tech  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Pitt  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Troy  1  30  18  0  0  0  0  0
Navy  2  60  36  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia  1  40  40  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech  3  49  20  0  0  0  0  0
NC State  3  148  100  1  0  0  0  0
Miami  2  45  24  0  0  0  0  0
Wake Forest  2  46  27  0  0  0  0  0
North Carolina  3  138  99  1  0  0  0  0
Florida State  1  3  3  0  0  0  0  0
Texas A&M  1  15  15  0  0  0  0  0

2014 Game Log
Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
Elon  4  3  7  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  1  0  0  0
Troy  10  4  14  1.0-3  0.0-0  0  1  2  0  0
Kansas  1  6  7  0.0-0  0.0-0  1  1  0  0  0
Tulane  4  4  8  1.0-9  1.0-9  0  1  0  0  0
Miami  5  3  8  0.5-1  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Georgia Tech  8  0  8  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  1  0  0  0
Virginia  4  6  10  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  2  0  0  2
Pitt  6  4  10  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Syracuse  6  1  7  1.5-13  1.0-12  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech  7  5  12  0.5-0  0.0-0  0  1  1  0  0
North Carolina  9  6  15  1.0-4  0.5-4  0  0  1  0  0
Wake Forest  7  6  13  1.0-6  1.0-6  0  1  0  0  0
Arizona State  6  8  14  1.0-12  1.0-12  0  0  1  0  0

2014 Game Log
Opponent KOR Yds Lg TD PR Yds Lg TD
Elon  2  38  19  0  0  0  0  0
Troy  1  61  61  0  0  0  0  0
Kansas  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Tulane  2  49  27  0  0  0  0  0
Miami  3  57  24  0  0  0  0  0
Georgia Tech  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Pitt  4  160  99  1  0  0  0  0
Syracuse  2  42  24  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech  3  57  20  0  0  0  0  0
North Carolina  4  71  24  0  0  0  0  0
Wake Forest  3  75  46  0  0  0  0  0
Arizona State  5  135  35  0  0  0  0  0


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