Fresh off being named to the All Atlantic Coast Conference first team, Duke defensive back Ross Cockrell took time to address the media today at Duke University. Check out what he had to say -
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
December 3, 2013 • 9:20 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
The Opening Tip
• Duke faces Michigan in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It will be the first meeting between the two schools in the 15-year history of the event.
• The Blue Devils are 12-2 all-time in Big Ten/ACC Challenge play, including a 5-0 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke is ranked No. 10 in both the AP Poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils are 38-13 all-time when ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll.
• The Blue Devils are playing their 220th straight game as a top-10 team in the AP poll. Duke is 181-38 (.827) in that span.
• Either Jabari Parker or Rodney Hood have led Duke in scoring and rebounds in each of the first eight games of the year. The tandem combines to average 43.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
• The Blue Devil
The Last Time Out
• Duke dropped a 72-66 decision to No. 4 Arizona in the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The loss snapped a string of 26 consecutive regular season tournament victories for the Blue Devils.
• Rodney Hood led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds in the loss. He was 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line on the night.
• For the first time in his career Jabari Parker was held below the 20-point plateau. He closed the game with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Parker also added three rebounds and two blocks in 38 minutes of action.
• Quinn Cook went 6-of-9 from the field for 13 points, while adding three rebounds and three assists against the Wildcats.
• Arizona went 21-of-26 (.808) from the foul line in the contest and had a nine-point advantage over Duke at the charity stripe. The Blue Devils were 12-of-18 (.667) from the line in the loss.
By The Numbers
• The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 106 consecutive non-conference home games. Duke has defeated six ranked non-conference teams at home during that streak.
• Duke is 12-2 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and is 4-0 when playing Big Ten/ACC Challenge games in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has never played Michigan in the conference matchup.
• Duke has lost back-to-back games just one time since the 2009-10 season and is 20-1 following a loss during that span. Duke’s only back-to-back losses during that span came in the semifinals of the 2012 ACC Tournament and second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
• Jabari Parker (23.0 ppg.) and Rodney Hood (20.0 ppg.) are the top scoring tandem in the ACC (third in the NCAA) at 43.0 points per game. The duo has combined for 12 20-point scoring games while shooting 118-of-202 (.584) from the field and 27-of-50 (.540) from three-point range. Duke is one of only four teams in the nation with two players averaging at least 20.0 points per game.
• Duke leads the ACC in scoring at 87.0 points per game. Duke has scored at least 90 points in four of eight games this season. Duke averages 1.23 points per possession, the third best mark in the ACC and tied for 13th best nationally.
• Freshman Jabari Parker began his career with seven consecutive 20-point games, the longest streak to begin a career since Texas’ Kevin Durant began the 2006-07 season with seven straight. Parker and Durant’s streak is the longest by a freshman over the past decade.
• Junior Quinn Cook leads the ACC and ranks 19th nationally in assists (6.0 apg.) and already has eight or more assists in four games. Cook has committed more than two turnovers just twice this season and boasts a 3.4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Sophomore Amile Jefferson has hit 70.4 percent (19-of-27) of his field goal attempts this season with a clip of at least 50.0 percent in six of eight games.
• Duke has had a double-figure scorer off the bench in six of eight games this season. The Duke bench averages 20.6 points per game with sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon averaging a team-high 10.5 points per game in four games off the bench and graduate student Andre Dawkins averaging 7.3.
DURHAM, N.C. – Led by first team selections Kelby Brown, Jeremy Cash, Ross Cockrell and Jamison Crowder, Duke placed a school-record 11 players on the 2013 All-ACC football team, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Brown, a redshirt junior linebacker, received the most votes of any linebacker, while Cash, a redshirt sophomore safety, Cockrell, a redshirt senior cornerback, and Crowder, a junior wide receiver, all received the second-most votes at their respective positions. Crowder was also a second team selection at specialist for his efforts as Duke’s punt returner, while offensive guard Laken Tomlinson and defensive end Kenny Anunike were named to the second unit as well. Rounding out the third team were tight end Braxton Deaver, offensive tackle Perry Simmons, punter Will Monday and kickoff returner DeVon Edwards. Placekicker Ross Martin received honorable mention honors.
The 11 All-ACC selections surpasses the previous school record of 10 all-league citations by the 1995 Blue Devils.
Brown, a 6-2, 230-pound native of Matthews, N.C., ranks second in the ACC with 9.2 tackles per game, leads Duke with eight quarterback hurries and ranks tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions and a pass breakup as the fulcrum of a Duke defense that is holding opponents to 23.0 points per game with 21 forced turnovers.
Cash, a 6-2, 210-pound native of Miami, Fla., is among the top defensive backs in the ACC, ranking third in the ACC with 9.1 tackles per game, tied for fourth with four interceptions and tied for ninth with two forced fumbles. He has a team-leading five games with double-digit tackles, including 13 in this past Saturday’s 27-25 ACC Coastal Division-clinching win at North Carolina. Cash is the only player in the ACC to rank among the top 10 in interceptions and forced fumbles and has been on the field for a team-leading 963 snaps this season.
Cockrell, a 6-0, 185-pound native of Waxhaw, N.C., received his second straight All-ACC first team nod. This season he has amassed a team-leading 12 pass breakups with three interceptions, 36 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack on the way to breaking Duke’s all-time passes defended and pass breakup records. His third interception of the season came in a 28-21 win at Wake Forest and ended the Demon Deacons’ final drive with Duke leading by one touchdown.
Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Monroe, N.C., has caught a school-record 88 receptions this season for 1,131 yards and seven touchdowns. He is just 18 yards shy of tying Duke’s single-season receiving yards record heading into the ACC Championship game against Florida State. Crowder leads the ACC in receptions and ranks among the league’s top three in receiving yards, all-purpose yards, punt return average and punt return touchdowns. He averages 15.0 yards per punt return with scoring returns of 76 and 82 yards this season. The All-ACC selection is Crowder’s second after receiving honorable mention honors last season.
Tomlinson, a 6-3, 220-pound redshirt junior from Chicago, Ill., has been on the field for 844 snaps – fifth-most on the team – and anchors an offensive line that has allowed Duke to rush for 179.9 yards per game and pass for 242.2 yards per game. Behind Tomlinson’s protection, Duke has surpassed 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in the same season for the first time in school history while surrendering just 14 sacks in 12 games for the third fewest in the ACC.
Anunike, a 6-5, 260-pound redshirt senior from Galena, Ohio, leads Duke in sacks for the third straight year, totaling 6.0 to go with a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss and 64 tackles, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and on blocked field goal. He has a tackle for loss in nine of 12 games this season, including a season-high 2.5 with 2.0 sacks in the 28-21 win at Wake Forest. Anunike was an All-ACC honorable mention selection in 2012.
Deaver, a 6-5, 240-pound redshirt junior from Charlotte, N.C., is among the top three tight ends in the ACC in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, hauling in 36 catches for 467 yards and four touchdowns. Twenty-one of his 36 catches have gone for first downs, including four first-down receptions as part of a career-high seven-catch effort in Duke’s win at North Carolina. Deaver has caught multiple passes in every game this season and trails only Jamison Crowder for the team lead in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Simmons, a 6-5, 300-pound redshirt senior from Raleigh, N.C., is among the most successful linemen to play at Duke under head coach David Cutcliffe. Simmons, who earned All-ACC honorable mention honors one year ago, has started an ACC-leading 49 consecutive games while playing a team-high 3,671 snaps during his career without missing a game. This season he has held down the right side of a Duke offensive front that has helped to set Cutcliffe-era bests in yards per rush, rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns with four running backs average 5.0 yards per rush or better. He has helped Duke surrender just 14 sacks in 12 games for a passing attack that averages 242.2 yards per game with 23 passing touchdowns.
Monday, a 6-4, 210-pound redshirt sophomore from of Flowery Branch, Ga., has averaged 42.8 yards per punt with 19 of his 60 punts downed inside the opponent 20-yard line and 14 traveling 50 yards or more. He was an All-ACC first team selection in 2012 and has a hold on Duke’s career record for yards per punt at 43.79.
Edwards, a 5-9, 185-pound redshirt freshman from Covington, Ga., leads the NCAA with 32.7 yards per kick return and has scored four touchdowns this season, including on kickoff returns of 100 and 99 yards and interception returns of 45 and 25 yards. He cracked Duke’s starting lineup at safety prior to the Virginia Tech game and has since amassed 41 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups. He returned interceptions for touchdowns on back-to-back plays in the win over N.C. State on Nov. 9.
Martin, a 5-9, 185-pound sophomore from Solon, Ohio, has totaled 84 points this season, hitting 11-of-15 field goals and a school-record 51 extra point attempts. He booted Duke’s game-winning 27-yard field goal this past Saturday at North Carolina and totaled nine points in that 27-25 win. For his career, Martin has connected on 31-of-38 field goals for a school-record percentage of .816. He was an All-ACC honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2012.
2013 All-ACC Football Team
QB – Jameis Winston, Florida State, 6-4, 225, Fr.-R, Bessemer, Ala. (191)
RB – Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0, 220, Sr., Schnecksville, Pa. (195)
RB – Devonta Freeman, Florida State, 5-9, 203, Jr., Miami, Fla. (126)
WR – Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6-1, 205, Jr., Fort Myers, Fla. (191)
WR - Jamison Crowder, Duke, 5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C. (172)
WR – Rashad Greene, Florida State, 6-0, 180, Jr., Albany, Ga. (126)
TE - Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 245, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (178)
T- Cameron Erving, Florida State, 6-6, 320, Jr.-R, Moultrie, Ga. (148)
T- James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 305, Sr., Plainfield, Ind. (118)
G- Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 330, Jr., Jesup, Ga., (160)
G-Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech. 6-1. 305, Columbia, Tenn. (96)
C- Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 298, Sr.-R, Vero Beach, Fla. (181)
DE - Vic Beasley, Clemson, 6-3, 225, Adairsville, Ga. (161)
DE - Kareem Martin, North Carolina, 6-6, 265, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (159)
DT - Aaron Donald, Pitt, 6-0, 275, Pittsburgh, Pa. (171)
DT – Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, 5-11, 250, Sr.-R, Wylie, Texas (156)
LB - Kelby Brown, Duke, 6-2, 220, Matthews, N.C. (146)
LB – Denzel Perryman, Miami, 6-0, 236, Coral Gables, Fla. (124)
LB – Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College, 6-1, 215, Sr., Norwalk, Conn. (123)
CB – Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (172)
CB – Ross Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Sr.-R, Waxhaw, N.C. (145)
S – Anthony Harris, Virginia, 6-1, 185, Jr., Chesterfield, Va. (142)
S – Jeremy Cash, Duke, 6-2, 210, So.-R, Plantation, Fla. (129)
PK - Nate Freese, Boston College, 6-0, 185, Sr., Strongsville, Ohio (124)
P - Pat O’Donnell, Miami, 6-5, 222, Gr., Lake Worth, Fla. (135)
SP - Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Fr., Charleston, W.Va. (155)
QB - Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Sr.-R, Hampton, Va. (132)
RB – Kevin Parks, Virginia, 5-8, 200, Jr.-R, Salisbury, N.C. (117)
RB - Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 194, So., Miami, Fla. (104)
WR – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-11, 190, Sr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (102)
WR - Alex Hurns, Miami, 6-3, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (102)
WR – Tyler Boyd, Pitt, 6-2, 185, Fr., Alexandria, Va. (100)
TE - Nick O’Leary, Florida State, 6-3, 246, Jr., Palm Beach, Fla. (126)
T- Brandon Thomas, Clemson, 6-3, 305, Gr.-R, Spartanburg, S.C. (104)
T- Matt Patchan, Boston College, 6-6, 304, Sr., Tampa, Fla. (92)
G- Laken Tomlinson, Duke, 6-3, 320, Jr.-R, Chicago, Ill. (90)
G- Brandon Linder, Miami, 6-6, 317, Sr., Southwest Ranches, Fla. (80)
C- Macky MacPherson, Syracuse, 6-2, 280, Sr., Syracuse, N.Y. (61)
DE – Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 242, Sr. Washington, D.C. (121)
DE – Kenny Anunike, Duke, 6-5, 260, Sr.-R, Galena, Ohio (98)
DT – Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-2, 294, Jr., Lake City, Fla. (124)
DT – Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 306, Sr., Highland Springs, Va. (73)
LB – Telvin Smith, Florida State, 6-3, 218, Sr., Valdosta, Ga. (105)
LB - Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 236, Sr.-R, Oakton, Va. (93)
LB – Christian Jones, Florida State, 6-4, 232, Sr., Winter Park, Fla. (83)
CB – Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 180, Fr., Baltimore, Md. (91)
CB – Bashaud Breeland, Clemson, 6-0, 195, Jr.-R, Allendale, S.C. (69)
S – Terrance Brooks, Florida State, 5-11, 200, Sr., Dunnellon, Fla. (97)
S – Tre Boston, North Carolina, 6-1, 205, Sr., Fort Myers, Fla. (86)
PK - Roberto Aguayo, Florida State, 6-1, 208, Fr.-R, Mascotte, Fla. (123)
P – A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 190, So., Terre Haute, Ind. (79)
SP - Jamison Crowder, Duke, 5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C. (80)
QB – Stephen Morris, Miami, 6-2, 214, Sr., Miami, Fla. (24)
RB – Roderick McDowell, Clemson, 5-9, 195, Gr.-R, Sumter, S.C. (85)
RB –Jerome Smith, Syracuse, 6-0, 217, Sr., Bear, Del. (53)
WR – Devin Street, Pitt, 6-4, 190, Sr.-R, Bethlehem, Pa. (80)
WR – Alex Amidon, Boston College, 5-11, 186, Sr., Greenfield, Mass. (70)
WR - Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5, 238. So.-R, Belle Glade, Fla. (68)
TE – Braxton Deaver, Duke, 6-5, 240, Jr.-R, Charlotte, N.C. (51)
T- Perry Simmons, Duke, 6-5, 300, Sr.-R, Raleigh, N.C. (80)
T- Morgan Moses, Virginia, 6-6, 325, Sr., Richmond, Va. (76)
G – Tyler Shatley, Clemson, 6-3, 295, Sr.-R, Icard, S.C. (65)
G- Josue Matias, Florida State, 6-6, 322, Jr. , Union City, N.J. (57)
C- Andy Gallik, Boston College, 6-3, 300, Jr.-R, Evergreen Park, Ill. (52)
DE – Kasim Edebali, Boston College, 6-2, 258, Sr.-R, Hamburg, Germany (65)
DE – Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State, 6-3, 285, So., Gautier, Miss. (56)
DT – Jay Bromley, Syracuse, 6-4, 293, Sr., Jamaica, N.Y. (68)
DT – Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 288, Jr., Delray Beach, Fla. (56)
LB - Steele Divittto, Boston College, 6-3, 238, Sr., Ridgefield, Conn. (78)
LB - Stephone Anthony, Clemson, 6-3, 235, Jr., Polkton, N.C. (73)
LB – Spencer Shuey, Clemson, 6-3, 230, Gr.-R, Charlotte, N.C. (57)
CB – Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 193, Sr., Baltimore, Md. (58)
CB – Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 173, Fr., Newnan, Ga. (53)
S – Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, 6-3, 202, So., Miami, Fla. (53)
S - Nate Andrews, Florida State, 6-0, 208, Fr., Fairhope, Ala. (44)
PK- Chandler Cantnazaro, Clemson 6-2, 195, Gr.-R, Greenville, S.C. (69)
P - Will Monday, Duke, 6-4, 210, So.-R, Flowery Branch, Ga. (73)
SP - DeVon Edwards, Duke, 5-9, 185, Fr.-R, Covington, Ga. (57)
(20 or more points)
Robert Godhigh, RB, Georgia Tech (39)
David Sims, RB, Georgia Tech (29)
James Wilder, Jr., RB, Florida State (23)
Kenny Shaw, WR, Florida State (46)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (34)
Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina (33)
Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (21)
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (34)
Bobby Hart, OT, Florida State (30)
Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse (29)
Ian White, OT, Boston College (27)
Andrew Miller, OG, Virginia Tech, (53)
Will Jackson, OG, Georgia Tech, (35)
Matt Rotheram, OG, Pitt (22)
Jon Feliciano, OG, Miami (20)
Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina (28)
David Wang, C, Virginia Tech (21)
James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (42)
Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson (39)
Brent Urban, DT, Virginia (21)
Robert Caldwell, LB, NC State (51)
Marcus Whitfield, LB, Maryland (45)
Marquis Spruill, LB, Syracuse (31)
Terrance Smith, LB, Florida State (26)
Norkeithus Otis, LB, North Carolina (22)
Cole Farrand, LB, Maryland (22)
Tracy Howard, CB, Miami (30)
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State (25)
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest (22)
Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina (20)
Ray Vinopal, S, Pitt (30)
Jason Hendricks, S, Pitt (29)
Ryan Janvion, S, Wake Forest (28)
Kyshoen Jarrett, S, Virginia Tech (23)
Deon Bush, S, Miami (20)
Niklas Sade, PK, NC State (37)
Ross Martin, PK, Duke (26)
Tommy Hibbard, P, North Carolina (26)
Stacy Coley, SP, Miami (22)
So, Duke is going to Charlotte to play Florida State in the ACC Championship game after defeating their arch rival UNC to win the Coastal Division, not to mention it's 10th win. Yes indeed, it was a good day to be a Blue Devil and Kelby Brown who we caught up to after the game -
After the Duke victory over NC. State earlier this season, Coach David Cutcliffe called DeVon Edwards Mr. October after his kick returns and interception for touchdowns. Today, Edwards had the game clinching interception and a 99 yard kickoff return to help Duke slip past UNC 27-25 and earn a berth in the ACC Championship Game. Yes, it was a "wow," day for the Blue Devils. Check out what the affable Edwards had to say post game -
CHAPEL HILL - Duke QB Anthony Boone is now 10-0 as a starter and has the Blue Devils headed to Charlotte to face Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. Boone completed 23 of 34 passes for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns as Duke downed rival North Carolina 27-25. The redshirt-junior QB discussed the win and the season with the media after the game.