BDN Salutes Duke Football Seniors

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Today is senior day at Wallace Wade Stadium, where the Blue Devils will recognize 19 players and their families. Blue Devil Nation joins with Duke University and Duke Athletics in thanking this year’s senior class for their dedication and hard work to Duke football. These young men have left the Duke football program in a much better place than where they found it.

Flash back four years, to when these players joined the Duke program. This was prior to Coach Cutcliffe’s hire, and in the middle of a period when Duke had lost 25 consecutive ACC games. In 2006, the team finished 0-12 overall. There was little reason for optimism around Duke football, but these players embraced the program, and with the hire of Coach Cutcliffe, have changed the culture of Duke football. Over the past four years, the program has won 13 football games, including 5 ACC victories.  

“It’s a tribute to our seniors, who have continued to fight,” Coach Cutcliffe said last week. “They’ve changed the game. Our seniors have been a part of changing an expectation at Duke. We can compete with anybody, regardless of what anybody thinks. And we’re ready for that next step, because of this group of young men that have committed themselves to being the best that they can be.” 

As these players run through the tunnel into Wallace Wade Stadium for the final time today, fans should take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication that this group of players have put into Duke football. They have become great young men, and will be great representatives of Duke University and Duke football in all that they do. 

Thank you, seniors! 

#8 Abraham Kromah

Linebacker

Staten Island, NY 

#10 Matt Pridemore

Wide Receiver

Gainesville, GA 

#16 Chris Rwabukamba

Cornerback

Windsor, Ontario 

#22 Brandon King

Tight End

Doylestown, PA 

#39 Adam Banks

Linebacker

Asheville, NC 

#41 Eriks Reks

Linebacker

Wrentham, MA 

#47 Nick Maggio

Kicker

Leawood, KS 

#49 Kevin Jones

Punter

Austin, TX 

#55 Brandon Harper

Offensive Guard

Alpharetta, GA 

#56 Damian Thornton

Linebacker

Lenoir, NC 

#62 Bryan Morgan

Center

Hoover, AL 

#63 Chris Shannon

Offensive Tackle

Andover, MA 

#67 Mitchell Lederman

Offensive Guard

Brodhead, WI 

#83 Austin Kelly

Wide Receiver

Mableton, GA 

#87 Brett Huffman

Tight End

Massillon, OH 

#88 Danny Parker

Tight End

Rockville, MD 

#90 Patrick Egboh

Defensive End

Mesquite, TX 

#99 Wesley Oglesby

Defensive End

Arlington, TX 

Mike Cappetto

Undergraduate Assistant

Troy, MI 

Garrett Utt

Undergraduate Assistant

Atlanta, GA