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Blue Devils have a school record 11 All ACC picks

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

First 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)

Special Teams
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)

Second Team
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)

Special Teams
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)

Third Team
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)

Special Teams
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)

Honorable Mention
(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)


Duke releases All ACC Candidate Hopeful list

The following is a press release from GoDuke.com and Duke Sports Information.  The release is for the Blue Devils they feel are worthy of All ACC consideration to voters.

Kenny Anunike, Duke

Defensive End

6-5, 260, R-Sr. (6)

Galena, Ohio (Olentangy)

** 61 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 6.0 sacks, 2 PBUs

** Ranks 2nd among ACC DEs in total tackles behind Kareem Martin of UNC

** In the ACC, ranks 6th in tackles for loss per game (1.23) and 12th in sacks per game (0.55)

** ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week following win over N.C. State

Kelby Brown, Duke


6-2, 230, R-Jr.

Matthews, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)

** 94 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 INT, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 caused fumbles, 6 QB pressures, 1 PBU

** Leads the ACC in tackles per game in league games

** Three-time ACC Linebacker of the Week

** National Defensive Player of the Week following 14-tackle, 1-INT outing in win over No. 16 Virginia Tech

Jeremy Cash, Duke


6-2, 210, R-So.

Miami, Fla. (Plantation)

** 91 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4 INTs, 4 PBUs, 2 caused fumbles, 2 QB pressures & 1 fumble recovery

** In the ACC, ranks 5th in tackles per game, 4th in interceptions per game and 9th in fumble recoveries per game

** Recorded 5+ tackles in all 11 games and 10+ tackles in four weeks

Ross Cockrell, Duke


6-0, 185, R-Sr.

Waxhaw, N.C. (Latin)

** Two-year team captain and unquestionably the leader of a 2013 Duke team that has already tied the school record for most wins in a season (9) while clinching at least a share of the ACC’s Coastal Division championship

** 35 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 sack, 3 INTs & 12 PBUs

** Leads the ACC in both total passes defended per game (1.50) and PBUs (12)

** Has directed a Duke five-man secondary that has had four first-time starters around him while playing two additional true freshmen in key reserve roles

** During Duke’s current 7-game winning streak, has had crucial plays & games:

>> Interception of Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas in the end zone to preserve a 3-0 Duke lead in the 13-10 victory over the No. 16 Hokies

>> Career-high FIVE PBUs in Duke’s 48-30 win over No. 24 Miami

>> Sealed Duke’s 28-21 road win over Wake Forest with a game-clinching interception of Deacon QB Tanner Price with 2:30 left in the fourth period

** Is Duke’s all-time leader in total passes defended with 53 (12 INTs & 41 PBUs)

** 2012 First team All-ACC (by both coaches & media) and HM All-America (Sports Illustrated)

Jamison Crowder, Duke

Wide Receiver

5-9, 175, Jr.

Monroe, N.C. (Monroe)

** 83 receptions, 1,077 yards, 5 TDs

** 23 punt returns, 362 yards, 15.7 avg., 2 TDs

** In the ACC, ranks 1st in receptions per game (7.5), 2nd in receiving yards per game (97.9), 2nd in all-purpose yards per game (136.4) and 2nd in punt return average (15.7)

** Two-time ACC Receiver of the Week

** Two-time ACC Special Teams Player of the Week

** Has matched the school’s single-season record with six 100-yard receiving games

** Sits just two catches shy of the school’s single-season record of 85 set last year by Conner Vernon

** One of just two players in Duke history with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons

Braxton Deaver, Duke

Tight End

6-5, 250, R-Jr.

Charlotte, N.C. (Providence)

** 29 receptions, 402 yards, 4 TDs

** Among ACC TEs, ranks 2nd in TD receptions, 3rd in receptions and 3rd in receiving yardage

** Top game (3 receptions, 96 yards & 2 TDs) came vs. Virginia as Duke rallied from 22-0 deficit to win, 35-22

** Has caught 2+ passes in all 11 games to date

Ross Martin, Duke


5-9, 185, So.

Solon, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)

** 75 points on 9-12 FGs & 48-48 PATs

** Set school single-season record for PATs

** ACC Specialist of the Week after booting two 50+ field goals in 13-10 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech

** Field goal opportunities decreased as Duke is one of two teams nationally to convert 100% of Goal-To-Go chances into TDs (22-of-22)

Will Monday, Duke


6-4, 210, R-So.

Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch)

** 56 punts, 2,409 yards, 43.02 avg., 18 inside 20 vs. 4 touchbacks

** Ranks 3rd in the ACC in punting average

** Ranks 2nd the ACC in punts downed inside the 20 yardline-to-touchback ratio

Perry Simmons, Duke

Offensive Tackle

6-5, 300, R-Sr.

Raleigh, N.C. (Sanderson)

** Has started 47 consecutive games at right tackle – the longest active streak in the ACC

** ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following 35-7 win over Navy

** Duke ranks 2nd in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt in league play

** Duke is one of just two teams nationally to have converted 100% of its GOAL-TO-GO opportunities into TDs

** Helped protect QBs Anthony Boone & Brandon Connette, who have combined to complete 223-of-346 (.645) passes for 2,631 yards with 21 TDs & 15 INTs while rushing for an additional 503 yards & 17 TDs

** All four of Duke’s RBs average 5.0+ yards per carry and have combined for 1,442 rushing yards

** All-ACC selection in 2012

** Academic All-America selection in 2012

Laken Tomlinson, Duke

Offensive Guard

6-3, 320, R-Jr.

Chicago, Ill. (Lane Technical)

** Has started 35 consecutive games at right guard

** Duke ranks 2nd in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt in league play

** Duke is one of just two teams nationally to have converted 100% of its GOAL-TO-GO opportunities into TDs

** Helped protect QBs Anthony Boone & Brandon Connette, who have combined to complete 223-of-346 (.645) passes for 2,631 yards with 21 TDs & 15 INTs while rushing for an additional 503 yards & 17 TDs

** All four of Duke’s RBs average 5.0+ yards per carry and have combined for 1,442 rushing yards



** 9-2 Overall, 5-2 ACC

** Ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press & USA Today/Coaches national polls

** Cracked the BCS standings for the first time in program history this week – No. 24

** Current 7-game winning streak – Duke’s longest since winning the first seven games of the 1994 season

** Matched school record for victories – standard set by the 1933, 1936, 1938 & 1941 teams

** Clinched at least a share of the ACC’s Coastal Division championship – has the opportunity to win the title outright with win at UNC this week

** Division crown will mark the first for Duke football since the 1989 squad tied Virginia for the conference title

** Duke has rallied from double digit deficits to win three times this year: Virginia (trailed 22-0), Miami (trailed 17-7) & Wake Forest (trailed 14-0)

** Will play in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history

** Duke has won 4+ home games and 4+ away games in a season for just the third time in school history, joining the 1939 & 1941 teams

** Cracked the Associated Press national top 25 poll for the first time since 1994

** Won multiple games over ranked opponents for the first time since 1971

** Won a road game over a ranked opponent for the first time since 1971

** Won a road game over a ranked ACC opponent for the first time since 1959

** Under Coach Cutcliffe, Duke won just 1 of its first 20 games in November (2008-12) --- Duke is 3-0 in November in 2013

** Team was picked to finish 7th (last) in the Coastal Division at the annual ACC Kickoff media event in July

** Other preseason projections:

>> Athlon Sports: 5-7 overall, 2-6 ACC … Last (7th) in Coastal Division … National rank: 73rd

>> Lindy’s: ACC pick: Last (7th) in Coastal Division … National rank: 82nd

>> USA Today: 4-8 overall, 1-7 ACC … Last (7th) in Coastal Division


** QBs Anthony Boone & Brandon Connette have combined to complete 223-of-346 (.645) passes for 2,631 yards with 21 TDs & 15 INTs while rushing for an additional 503 yards & 17 TDs – both have missed game action due to injury in 2013

** First Duke offense to compile 20+ rushing TDs and 20+ passing TDs in a season

** WR Jamison Crowder has caught 83 passes for 1,077 yards while four Duke receivers – including Crowder – have caught 4+ TD passes

** All four of Duke’s RBs average 5.0+ yards per carry and have combined for 1,442 rushing yards


** Allowed a total of 34 points in the 4th quarter through 11 games this season

** Allowing 22.8 points per game (5th-best in the ACC) – down from an ACC-worst 36.0 last year

** After ranking LAST in the ACC in red zone defense (.913) in 2012, currently ranks 4th in the ACC this year (.765)

** Allowing 390.4 yards per game – down from 469.2 a season ago which ranked 11th out of 12 teams in the ACC

** LBs David Helton (9.5) and Kelby Brown (9.4) rank 1-2 in the ACC in tackles per game

** CB Ross Cockrell leads the ACC in total passes defended per game (1.40)

** Has had two National Defensive Player of the Week selections by the Walter Camp Foundation in LB Kelby Brown (14 tackles & 1 INT vs. Virginia Tech) and S DeVon Edwards (10 tackles & 2 INTs for TDs vs. N.C. State)


** One of two teams with Miami to rank among the ACC’s top 5 in Net Punting, Punt Return Average, Kickoff Coverage & Kickoff Return Average

** Jamison Crowder is averaging 15.7 yards per punt return and has two returns for TDs this year

** DeVon Edwards is averaging 29.9 yards per kickoff return and has one return for a TD this year

** In Duke’s 13-10 win at No. 16 Virginia Tech, Ross Martin booted two field goals of 50+ yards (51 & 53)