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Edwards Suffers Career-Ending Injury

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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The college football career of DeVon Edwards, a three-time All-American for Duke, is over.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior safety and three-time All-America kick returner DeVon Edwards will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate  and medial collateral ligaments in Saturday’s 38-35 win over Notre Dame.  The injury signifies the end of Edwards’ collegiate football career.

"We’re very saddened for DeVon and his family," Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “He is a great leader. He is absolutely a great player and a great person. He’ll have to have an impact like Thomas [Sirk] has. Thomas has been an inspiration for us all; certainly to the team. Now we have another captain thrust into that role. We are with DeVon every step of the way through this.”

Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke’s head team physician and the director of Duke Sports Science Institute, and Dr. Annunziato Amendola, also of the Duke Sports Science Institute, will handle the operation at a date to be determined.

A native of Covington, Ga., Edwards ends his 44-game playing career with 327 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 10.5 quarterback sacks, five interceptions, six caused fumbles, 21 pass breakups and eight QB pressures.  In addition, he returned 74 kickoffs for 2,060 yards for a 27.84 average and six touchdowns.

Edwards closes his career ranking 17th on Duke’s all-time tackle chart while holding school career records for kickoff return average and kickoff returns for touchdowns.  His six kickoff returns for scores rank as the third most in NCAA history behind Clemson’s C.J. Spiller and Houston’s Tyron Carrier, who both had seven.

A three-time All-America and All-ACC pick as a kick return specialist, Edwards garnered all-league honors as a defensive back in each of the past two seasons.  He also earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times in his career.

Edwards graduated from Duke with a degree in psychology and certificate in markets and management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies and owns a 3.600 graduate school grade point average. Edwards was a 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree and is a three-time All-ACC Academic Football Team selection and four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.