The awards just keep rolling in for Duke football.
On Friday, redshirt freshman DeVon Edwards was named to the Sporting News Freshmen All-America team as a kick returner. On Thursday, he was named to the Walter Camp All-American second team.
Since taking over as the primary kick returner in week five, Edwards is averaging 31.1 yards per return, which leads the ACC. He has two touchdown returns of 99 yards and 100 yards. He is ranked second nationally in kickoff return average (he has a total of 559 yards).
Edwards is the 25th player in Duke history to receive Freshmen All-America honors, but just the ninth player to be named to the first team. The Blue Devils have had a freshmen All-American first teamer in three straight seasons and at least one in every one of Coach David Cutlciffe’s six seasons at Duke.
Speaking of Coach Cutcliffe, he was named the Sporting News Co-National Coach of the Year on Friday. He shared the honor with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. It is Duke’s second National Coach of the Year award, with the first coming in 1994 (Fred Goldsmith).
I have wrote about the football team’s success this season, but here are a few of the highlights:
- An 8-game winning streak that ended in the ACC Championship.
- Wins over two ranked teams.
- 5-0 record on the road.
- Four straight weeks of being ranked.
- Second straight bowl game appearance.
- 11 All-ACC selections.