Two more Duke Blue Devils join their teammate Ross Cockrell in the NFL. Defensive end Kenny Anunike and running back Juwan Thompson will still remain teammates, having both signed with the Denver Broncos.
Anunike had a career to remember at Duke. He’s listed on the all-time charts in a few categories. He totaled 148 tackles in his 54 career games, 26 tackles for loss, and 15 quarterback sacks. He’s listed fourth on the all-time charts at Duke for his total sacks. He also was just one of two players in the history of the Duke football program to lead the Blue Devils in sacks for three consecutive seasons.
In his senior season alone he started every game and had 67 tackles, 13.5 being tackles for loss and 6 being quarterback sacks. He also had two pass breakups and was recorded having pressuring the quarterback three times over the course of the season. He was awarded All-ACC honors after his junior and senior seasons. He was also named to the first team Capitol One Academic All-District III.
Thompson rushed 274 times during his career for 1,244 yards, averaging 4.54 yards per carry. He is one of 42 players in the history of the Duke football program to rush for over 1,000 yards. He caught 56 passes for 397 yards, averaging 7.09 yards per reception. He also was on the kickoff return squad, where he returned 15 kickoffs for 327 yards, averaging 21.8 yards per carry. Thompson finished his career with 1,968 all-purpose yards.
Anunike, Thompson, and Cockrell helped Duke to the best season in school history, where they had 10 wins during the season, won the ACC Coastal Division, and played against Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. At the end of the season they were ranked 23rd in the final Associated Press national poll.
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