Duke Football: Blue Devils named to ACC Honors for season performance

CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 23: Joe Giles-Harris
CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 23: Joe Giles-Harris /

Several Duke Football players have been named as All-ACC Players due to their performance on the field this season.

Arguably the best player on the Duke Football team is Joe Giles-Harris and he was named to the All-ACC First Team Defense.

Giles-Harris has not played since the victory over Miami in the downpour and sloppy field due to an injury, but he has averaged nine tackles per game and he is the leader of the Duke defense which was considered a straight of the team this season.

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His best game came against Georgia Tech where he had 15 tackles against the triple option offense where the Blue Devils won 28-14.

Joe Giles-Harris was also a All-ACC First Team Selection last season.

Duke running back Deon Jackson was named to the All-ACC Second Team Offense as an all purpose player for the versatility he brings to the Blue Devil offense.

The sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia has averaged 5.3 yards per rush and 10.3 yards per catch.

Jackson has totaled 806 yards rushing on 151 attempts to go along with seven touchdowns, while he has caught 24 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

The best game in the regular season for Deon Jackson came in the loss to Pittsburgh when he rushed for 162 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

The Blue Devils also had two more additions on offense to the All-ACC Third Team as wide receiver T.J. Rahming and tight end Daniel Helm was selected.

The senior Rahming has averaged 9.1 yards per reception and 9.3 yards per rush this season.

Rahming totaled 63 receptions and 571 yards as well as six touchdowns while he has also run the ball seven times for 65 yards.

From Powder Spring, Georgia, Rahming had some special games throughout the regular season, having two, two touchdown games, one in the win over Baylor and the other in the loss to Pittsburgh.

However, in terms of receptions and yardage, Rahming’s best game came against North Carolina where he reeled in nine passes for 98 yards.

Daniel Helm has been very under the radar for the Blue Devils this season but he has come up with some big time plays to extend drives.

Helm averages 11.3 yards per catch as he has caught 22 passes on the season for 248 yards and two touchdowns.

In the win over Miami, Helm caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown and in the following week against North Carolina, Helm also found the end zone after securing two passes for 30 yards.

Helm would come up with another big performance at Clemson with three catches for 56 yards.

Two more Duke defenders were acknowledged as Ben Humphreys and Dylan Singleton were named to the All-ACC Honorable Mention Defense Team.

Like his counterpart Joe Giles-Harris, Ben Humphreys has also dealt with injuries this season.

The senior linebacker averaged 6.7 tackles per game despite leaving the game against Clemson very early and not finishing the game against Miami. Humphreys also missed the games against Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.

His best game came against Northwestern when he racked up 15 tackles.

Dylan Singleton has also been missing time with injury as he did not play against Clemson or Wake Forest.

Singleton put forth four games with double digit tackles this season against Army, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, and Virginia and also forcing a fumble against Army and Baylor.

If healthy, these Blue Devils will try and put a exclamation point on their season in the bowl game which the team will find out on Sunday December 2 at 12:00 pm ET on ESPN.