DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke football safety DeVon Edwards and defensive tackle A.J. Wolf were named the recipients of the University Scholar Athlete award by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame, Inc., presented at the Bill Dooley Triangle East Chapter of North Carolina annual awards dinner held Monday at East Carolina University.
Edwards, a four-year starter at safety, picked up his third NFF honor as he was a National Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy in December, as well as an NFF Hampshire Honor Society selection in March. A native of Covington, Ga., Edwards was an All-America selection as a return specialist in 2013 (second team pick by the Walter Camp Foundation, third team honoree by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, honorable mention by Sports Illustrated) and 2014 and 2015 (honorable mention by Sports Illustrated).
A team captain in 2016, Edwards played in 44 career games with 37 consecutive starts. He recorded 327 tackles (182 solo), 12.0 tackles for lost yardage, 10.5 sacks, 22 pass breakups, eight quarterback pressures, six caused fumbles and five interceptions during his four seasons with the Blue Devils. As a kickoff return specialist, Edwards ran back 74 kickoffs for 2,060 yards (27.84) and six touchdowns.