DURHAM, N.C. — DeVon Edwards entered his final season with a long list of accomplishments and accolades already to his name. Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury just four games into the 2016 campaign, he left an indelible mark on a Duke football program that made major strides over the course of his career — leading to his selection as the athletics department’s male senior student-athlete of the year for 2016-17.
A three-time All-America and All-ACC selection, Edwards graduated atop Duke’s career charts in kickoff return average and kickoff returns for touchdowns. He shares the ACC and NCAA record for the longest kickoff return after running back a pair of 100-yard returns against N.C. State in 2013 and Georgia Tech in 2015.
The Covington, Ga., native wrapped up his collegiate career with 327 tackles, 10.5 quarterback sacks and five interceptions in 44 games played. His six kickoff returns for touchdowns are just one score shy of the ACC and NCAA records.
After guiding the Blue Devils to three consecutive bowl games, including a 44-41 overtime victory against Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl in 2015, Edwards was poised for a senior year that many hoped would cement his Duke legacy and bolster his NFL Draft potential.

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