DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt freshman safety DeVon Edwards has been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation following the Blue Devils’ 38-20 win over N.C. State this past Saturday.
A native of Covington, Ga., Edwards logged 10 total tackles, returned two interceptions for touchdowns and added a 100-yard kickoff return for a third score as the Blue Devils won their fifth consecutive game. Edwards established Duke freshman single-game records for longest kickoff return, total points (18), highest kickoff return average (49.33 on three returns) and most interception returns for touchdowns.
With Duke nursing a 24-20 advantage late in the fourth period, Edwards returned interceptions 25 and 45 yards for touchdowns just 16 second apart to help seal the victory. He became the first Duke player to return two interceptions for touchdowns since Leon Wright against Army in 2009, and the first Blue Devil to return a kickoff for a score since Jabari Marshall versus Connectiuct in 2007.
Edwards is the fourth Duke player – and second this season – to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, joining Michael Tauillili (LB, Sept. 21, 2008), Thaddeus Lewis (QB, Oct. 11, 2009) and Kelby Brown (LB, Oct. 19, 2013).
With the win, Duke improved to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in ACC action. The Blue Devils will host Miami on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.