DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash and redshirt junior safety Devon Edwards have been named to the Watch List for Walter Camp Award, an honor presented annually to the national player of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation.
Cash, who also appeared on the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award, enters his senior season at Duke having helped the Blue Devils to 19 wins and a pair of bowl game berths over the past two seasons.
This summer, Cash has been named to four preseason All-America squads with a first team Phil Steele Magazine selection and second team picks by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports and Sporting News. Lindy’s also tabbed Cash as the second best safety in the country and the No. 10 NFL talent in the ACC. He has also been placed on all four publication’s preseason All-ACC first teams.
A 6-2, 205-pound native of Miami, Fla., Cash recorded 111 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, seven pass breakups, five quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery last season. He was the only defensive back in the nation to collect 100 or more tackles, 10.0 or more tackles for lost yards and 5.0 or more sacks during the 2014 campaign.
Edwards, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Covington, Ga., ended the 2014 season with a team second-best 113 tackles, including 7.5 for lost yardage and 4.5 sacks. In his first full year as a starter, he led the squad with five caused fumbles, tied for the second most in a season in program history, and nine pass breakups. He earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades as a safety at the end of last season.
Last month he was selected by Lindy’s as the No. 5 safety in the nation. Duke’s secondary was ranked by the magazine as the sixth best unit in the country.
In addition to his role as a starting safety, Edwards was a 2014 Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-America selection as a kickoff returner. A year ago, he returned 29 kickoffs for 745 yards (25.69) and one touchdown. The return yardage and average were both the seventh best totals for a single season in Duke history. During the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl, he set the game record for kickoff return yards (135) while matching the event standard for kickoff returns (5).
The Blue Devils bring back six returning starters on offense and six on defense from last season’s squad, which qualified for a bowl for the third straight season.
Duke opens the 2015 campaign at Tulane on Thursday, September 3. To order Duke season tickets, call (919) 681-BLUE or visit www.GoDuke.com/footballtix.
Cash & Edwards Named to Camp Award Watch List
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