Duke Football Has Eight Receive All-ACC Honors


Three Blue Devils named to All-ACC First Team, three earn Third Team honors, and three receive Honorable Mentions.

The Atlantic Coast Conference just released the 2015 All-ACC Team awards given to the top players for the football season, and eight Duke Football players were honored by the conference for their performances this year. The Blue Devils honored were safety Jeremy Cash, kick returner DeVon Edwards, and center Matt Skura earned All-ACC First Team accolades, kicker Ross Martin, punter Will Monday, and linebacker Dwayne Norman were named to the conference’s Third Team, and offensive tackle Casey Blaser, offensive guard Lucas Patrick, and Edwards again honored as a safety received conference Honorable Mention.

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  • Redshirt senior safety Cash was tied for the top number of votes for a defensive secondary player and totaled 101 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 8 QB pressures, 4 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles after breaking the program record this year, and a fumble recovery for the Blue Devils this season. This is the 3rd straight year that Cash has received all-conference honors and compiled over 100 tackles.

    This is the second consecutive year that redshirt junior DeVon Edwards has been honored by the ACC as a safety and on special teams. Edwards recently broke the school record in kick returns for his career and leads the NCAA with 3 TDs returned this season. He also made a huge impact defensively, totaling 93 tackles, 1 interception, four pass breakups, and four quarterback pressures this season.

    Senior players Ross Martin and Will Monday also made had great seasons on special teams, with Martin accounting for 106 of Duke’s points this season making 23 of 27 field goals and breaking the school record for the most career field goals made this season while Monday led the conference with 19 punts for at least 50 yards and 29 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

    Redshirt senior captain Skura helped Duke have one of the top offensive lines in the country this season, along with Blaser and Patrick. The Blue Devils allowed the fewest sacks per pass attempt in the ACC this season helping the offense compile 253.4 passing yards per game, 177.92 rushing yards per game with four 300+ yard rushers, and average 30.5 points per game.

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    Senior LB Dwayne Norman was a surprise for the Blue Devils this season, switching from safety to linebacker this year to add depth to the position after the career-ending injury to former All-ACC linebacker Kelby Brown. Norman led the Duke defense in total tackles this season with 104 and finished 4th in the ACC with 8.67 tackles per game. Additionally, he added 8.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, four pass breakups, three quarterback pressures, and forced 1 fumble this year.

    Duke Football finished the regular season at 7-5 with a 4-4 record in the ACC, and are currently awaiting for their bowl game match-up to be announced to prepare for the program’s 4th straight postseason game. Congrats to all of the Blue Devils who earned All-ACC honors this season!