Edwards named National Defensive Player of the Week

Photo courtesy of Duke University Photography

Photo courtesy of Duke University Photography

DURHAM, N.C. — Former Alcovy football star DeVon Edwards was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

According to GoDuke.com website, the redshirted freshman safety ran two interceptions for touchdowns within a 16-second span. His two scores helped secure the 38-20 win over N.C. State on Saturday.

Prior to his touchdowns, Duke was in a close game against the Wolfpack only holding a 24-20 lead.

His first touchdown return of 25 yards came with 3:21 left in the game giving the Blue Devils a 31-20 lead. His second return, of 45 yards, came with 3:05 left in the game.

Besides the interceptions, he also had 10 tackles and a kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter. The kickoff return allowed Duke to regain the lead, 17-13, after the Wolfpack took the 13-10 lead on a Niklas Sade 24-yard field goal.

Edwards also set new benchmarks for Blue Devils freshman with single-game records for the longest kickoff return (100 yards), most points scored (18), highest kickoff return average (49.33 yards on three returns) and the most interceptions returned for touchdowns.

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.