Edwards received this week’s honor after returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown at Virginia last Saturday. The kickoff return for a touchdown was Edwards’ nation-leading third of the season and the sixth of his career. The ACC career record is seven kickoff return touchdowns, held by C.J. Spiller of Clemson. Edwards established a school record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season with three, breaking the previous record of two set by Randy Jones in 1990 and tied by Edwards in 2013.
A product of Covington, Ga., Edwards’ six kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with UTEP's Autry Golden for the most by an active FBS player. Of his six career kickoff return scores, four have been in November. On the Duke record charts, Edwards ranks second in career kickoff return yards with 1,960.
The ACC’s other weekly honors included N.C. State’s offensive lineman Joe Thuney and rookie Nyheim Hines. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Louisville receiver Jamari Staples, Pittsburgh defensive lineman Ejuan Price, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser and Boston College defensive back Justin Simmonds rounded out the selections.
Duke has had 22 ACC honorees in the last 26 weeks the team has played a game.
The Blue Devils (6-5, 3-4 ACC) finish the regular season Saturday at Wake Forest (3-8, 1-6 ACC). Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.