From Covington, Georgia, Edwards set high school records for all-purpose yards, total touchdowns, and kickoff returns for touchdowns en route to becoming a 2nd-team All-State selection. He committed to play college ball at Duke University.
Edwards shined as a Blue Devil. Playing in 44 career games, he recorded 327 tackles (182 solo), 12 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 22 PBUs, 8 QB pressures, 6 caused fumbles and 5 interceptions. He was also a stand out on special teams, as his 6 kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for 3rd most in NCAA history. A team captain, he was a 3x All-America selection as a returner and a 2x all-ACC defensive back. In addition, he was named a 2016 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.
Unfortunately, Edwards suffered a devastating injury during his senior season, tearing both his ACL and MCL against Notre Dame. While many considered the injury career threatening, Edwards is determined to make it back on the field and fulfill his NFL dreams.
Said Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe, “He’s put together 3 1/3 seasons on tape that may be as good as you can find in college football…We will be watching DeVon Edwards play football next year on Sunday. I believe that deep in my heart.”
In 2018, the 5-9, 180 lbs Edward will join The Spring League to prove to NFL scouts he’s fully recovered and ready to resume his rise to the top.
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