Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2014: Returning starter at the Rover safety position ... returning All-ACC and All-American return specialist ... named to the preseason Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award, an honor given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in college football ... preseason All-America pick as a kickoff returner by Athlon Sports (4th team), Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd team) and Sporting News (3rd team) ... preseason All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports (2nd team KR), Lindy’s Sports (3rd team AP) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd team KR) ... versatile defender who also could see time at cornerback ... in 14 games (7 starts), has 64 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, three INTs and six PBUs while returning 19 kickoffs for 574 yards (30.21) and two TDs ... has four career TDs on two INT returns and two 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) ... 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, who accomplished the feat against Army in 2009 ... has reached double figures in the tackle column twice including a career-high 12 stops versus Virginia Tech and 10 tackles against N.C. State in 2013 ... has six career games with 5+ tackles ... one of four active players nationally who registered multiple kickoff returns for TDs of 99+ yards during the 2013 season, joining Autrey Golden of UTEP, Ty Montgomery of Stanford and Carlos Wiggins of New Mexico ... has played 723 snaps ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, matched the team’s second-highest vertical jump (36’5”).
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.
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 time 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 ... also 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.
NOTES: Returned kickoff 100 yards for a TD vs. N.C. State, 2013 Returned interception 25 yards for a TD vs. N.C. State, 2013 Returned interception 45 yards for a TD vs. N.C. State, 2013 Returned kickoff 99 yards for a TD vs. North Carolina, 2013