USA Today released their All-America teams for the 2013 season, and Duke safety Jeremy Cash found his name on the second-team.
Cash, who transferred from Ohio State in 2012, put together a solid campaign in his first year as Duke’s starting safety. The redshirt sophomore heads into the Chick-Fil-A Bowl with 117 tackles, four interceptions, four passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 8.0 tackles for loss on the season. His performance also earned him a spot on the All-ACC first-team.
The emergence of young and talented players, such as Cash and freshman DeVon Edwards, were key for a Duke defense that was much improved from a year ago:
2012: 36.0 points against/game | 469.2 yards per game | 267.6 passing yards per game | 2.2 passing TDs allowed per game | 114th in Pass Efficiency Defense
2013: 24.7 points against/game | 408.5 yards per game | 233.2 passing yards per game | 1.6 passing TDs allowed per game | 53rd in Pass Efficiency Defense
Cash was every bit deserving of this award. If it wasn’t for the presence of Ross Cockrell, he would’ve been the heart and soul and leader of the secondary, a role I expect him to take on next season. And while he wasn’t anywhere near as exciting a player as Edwards, he is an incredibly fun safety to watch. As the year went on, he only got more comfortable, more consistent, and more reliable, and I look forward to seeing what he can do against the Johnny Manziel-led Texas A&M Aggies in a few weeks.