Following one of the most explosive performances the nation has seen this year, Duke safety DeVon Edwards has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s National Defensive Player of the Week.
Despite never playing a single snap on offense, Edwards managed to score three touchdowns–two defensive and one special teams–and all were every bit as important in Duke’s 38-20 victory over in-state rival North Carolina State.
The first touchdown came with 3:45 remaining in the 3rd quarter and the Blue Devils trailing 13-10, as the redshirt-freshman took a Wolfpack kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. The last two came near the end of the fourth quarter on back-to-back defensive plays, with Edwards picking off both Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas and returning it for scores of 25-yards and 45-yards.
When he wasn’t scoring touchdowns, he was finding other ways to contribute, adding on ten tackles and a pass deflection for a Duke secondary that entered the contest as battered and bruised as ever.
Edwards and the Blue Devils (7-2, 3-2) return to action Saturday when they host #23 Miami (FL) (7-2, 3-2), who is coming off a blowout, 42-24 loss to Virginia Tech at home. A victory would keep Duke in the conversation for a possible ACC Coastal championship and a spot in the ACC Championship.
To close out, I’ll just leave this here:
Question to #Duke‘s Cutcliffe: “you found a gem on the recruiting trail in Devon Edwards.” Answer: “yep.”
— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) November 10, 2013