Nov 9, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils linebacker Kelby Brown (59) and cornerback DeVon Edwards (27) and defensive end Jonathan Woodruff (34) celebrate after Edwards scored on an interception against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Duke's defense fuels improvement


Last season, the Duke Blue Devils celebrated becoming bowl eligible.

This year, they have bigger goals.

A win over the Virginia Tech Hokies helped put the Blue Devils into what is essentially a four-way tie with the Hokies, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Miami Hurricanes in the ACC’s Coastal division.

Duke’s offense has been very good under head coach David Cutcliffe, but they are crediting their defense for this year’s improvement.

“It has a lot to do with the confidence that our defense has,” Duke freshman cornerback DeVon Edwards told Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com when asked about the turnaround. “We’ve been having a good season, and we think that we’re doing a lot in games for our team whenever we need to be put into position. So everybody’s confident in making plays and doing stuff to change the game around.”

Edwards, a 5’9, 185 freshman out of Covington, Georgia has 31 tackles and two interceptions, with both coming in 38-20 come from behind victory of the North Carolina State Wolfpack Saturday.

If the Blue Devils can knock off the Miami Hurricanes Saturday, they’ll remain in the mix for the right to face the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles in Charlotte in December with the ACC title on the line.

The ‘Canes and Blue Devils will kick off at 3:30 pm EST and the game will be on ESPNU.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: DeVon Edwards Duke Blue Devils Miami Hurricanes