Duke redshirt freshman safety DeVon Edwards was named FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week alongside Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov, the Football Writers Association of America announced Tuesday.
The award is the second national player of the week citation for Edwards, who scored three non-offensive touchdowns in Dukes 38-20 win against N.C. State on Saturday. Two of his touchdowns came on back-to-back fourth-quarter interception returns of 25 and 45 yards, and his other came on a 100-yard kickoff return. Edwards also logged 10 tackles and a pass breakup in his second career start.
Edwards will be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, joining Duke redshirt senior cornerback Ross Cockrell. The Nagurski Trophy will be trimmed to five finalists Nov. 21, and the winner will be announced Dec. 9.
• Duke coach David Cutcliffe said senior running back/linebacker Juwan Thompson has been added to the teams quartet of captains for this season.
Juwan is the epitome of what we want Duke football to be, Cutcliffe said. He is most deserving of this recognition, and the other four captains were in complete agreement.
Shaw: Darnell Evans finished the regular season with the most interceptions in NCAA Division II football. The Bears finished tied at the top of the interceptions leader board.
Evans had 11 picks on the season, three ahead of the player in second place. He also led the nation in interception return yards with 297.
Teammate Chris Ellerbe finished in a tie for third in Division II with four other players.
Evans also finished second in the nation in passes defended, which combines interceptions with passes broken up. He had 10 pass break ups in addition to the 11 interceptions.
Duke: Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker and Rasheed Sulaimon were chosen to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced.
Duke was one of four teams with at least three players, joining Kentucky, which had four, and Kansas and Michigan State, which had three apiece.
N.C. State: Senior midfielder Nazmi Albadawi was named ACC Player of the Week after leading the Wolfpack to a 1-0 overtime win at No. 10 North Carolina on Friday night.
Albadawi continues to spark the Wolfpack (8-5-4, 3-5-3) since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for most of October. He has scored four goals and chipped in two assists since his return from injury, leading the Wolfpack to a 3-1 record over that stretch.