Devon Edwards had a banner year for Alcovy football in 2011. After sitting out nearly the entire 2010 season with a broken collarbone, Edwards came back with a vengeance to lead the Tigers to a regular-season divisional title and state playoff berth. As a result, coaches throughout Region 3-AAAA agreed he was one of the league’s best players and voted him Offensive Co-Player of the Year. Northgate's Alex Lakes shared the honor.
Edwards roared into Alcovy’s record books. He set a school record for all-purpose yards with 1,917 yards and scored a school-record 20 touchdowns as a running back, receiver and kick returner. His four kickoff returns for touchdowns is also a school record.
Edwards became the school’s third 1,000-yard running back and second straight after finishing the year with 1,009 rushing yards. He joined Tre Sorrells, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last year and Malachi Outlaw as Alcovy’s only 1,000-yard backs. Outlaw became Alcovy’s first 1,000-yard rusher in 2009.
Edwards averaged 7.5 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also hauled in 11 receptions for another 251 yards and found the end zone three times as a receiver. Perhaps Edwards’ most explosive stats came in the return game though.
As a kickoff returner, Edwards racked up 657 yards and averaged 41 yards per return. More impressively, he scored four touchdowns including one in Alcovy’s loss to Tri Cities in the Class AAAA playoff game.
Edwards was also a standout on defense. As a defensive back, he had two interceptions to go along with 57 tackles for the Tigers.
Edwards’ contemporaries weren’t the only ones to take notice. The diminutive all-purpose back recently committed to Duke University and will sign a letter of intent to play football for the Blue Devils in February. Once he signs, Edwards will be Alcovy’s second Division I football signee, joining former teammate Gary Wilkins who now plays at Fuhrman University. He will become the school’s first Football Subdivision scholarship athlete. He is expected to play defensive back in college.
Edwards wasn’t alone on the region’s All-Region Team. Sorrells was named First Team All-Region for the second straight year at running back while Kenard Murry also joined Edwards and Sorrells at wide receiver.
On defense, Curtiss Benton was Alcovy’s lone All-Region First Team recipient. Quarterback Cornell White, offensive lineman Scott Mills, wideout Elijah Jones and punter Elberardo Barajas were named All-Region Second team offense and defensive lineman Ryan Adams and defensive back Deshawn Outlaw were named to the region’s second team defensive squad.