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  12/28/22 - Riley LeonardJr/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard ran for two touchdowns and threw for 173 yards, and Duke wrapped up an impressive first season under Mike Elko with a 30-13 victory over UCF in the Military Bowl on Wednesday. The Blue Devils (9-4) have won four consecutive bowl games, although this was their first appearance in one since 2018. Jordan Moore ran for a touchdown in the first quarter, and then Duke took control in the second. UCF (9-5) lost three of its final four games this season. John Rhys Plumlee managed only 28 yards passing in the first half and 182 for the game. Moore opened the scoring with a 14-yard run, but Isaiah Bowser's 1-yard touchdown run for the Knights tied the game at 7. Duke outscored UCF 13-0 in the second quarter to take control.

After taking the lead on a short field goal, the Blue Devils recovered a fumble by Plumlee at their own 42. They went 58 yards in seven plays, and Leonard scored on 1-yard run. A 48-yard field goal by Todd Pelino made it 20-7 at halftime. Down 23-7, the Knights had a good chance to get back in the game after a profitable exchange of punts gave them the ball at the Duke 32, but UCF turned the ball over on downs. The Knights finally scored again on 2-yard run by Bowser with 9:03 remaining, but a trick play on a 2-point conversion failed badly. Leonard completed the scoring with a 3-yard run with 2:29 to play. He finished with a team-high 63 yards on the ground. Duke went winless in Atlantic Coast Conference play last year, but Elko turned the team around quickly, winning ACC coach of the year honors. The Blue Devils reached nine wins in a season for the seventh time and first since 2014. - Duke/AP College Football


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  12/04/22 - Al Blades Jr.rSr/2024, Duke + More +

  Two more Miami Hurricanes began the process of entering the transfer portal Thursday, bringing to nine the number of confirmed players who are taking that step. According to a source, wide receiver Keyshawn Smith is entering the portal, a move that was expected. And safety Al Blades Jr. also entered the portal, which wasn't necessarily expected. Smith had 41 catches for 589 yards in 19 games during three seasons at UM, including 13 receptions for 199 yards (a 15.3 average) and two touchdown this past season. He was very good as a returner early this past season, returning 21 kickoffs for 641 yards (a 30.5 average) and a touchdown. But he did not play in Miami's final three games. Smith was a late addition to the 2020 class, after flipping his commitment from Washington State.

Blades played a lot at cornerback in 2019 and 2020, starting a combined 14 games and hauling in two interceptions each of those seasons. He was limited to two games in 2021 because of injuries and played 138 snaps this past season as a backup safety. He had 91 tackles, the four picks and 14 passes defended in his five seasons at Miami. Rivals rated Blades the 59th-best player in the 2018 class. Blades, who attended Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, is the son of deceased former Miami Hurricanes star safety Al Blades Sr. and the nephew of former UM stars Bennie Blades and Brian Blades. - Miami Herald


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  12/02/22 - Riley LeonardJr/2025, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: QB - Riley Leonard, Duke, 22 votes,...Leonard, a 6-4, 212-pound sophomore from Fairhope, Ala., has completed 231-of-364 (.635) pass attempts for 2,794 yards with 20 touchdowns this season. He's added 636 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to become the first player in program history to record 10-plus rushing and 20-plus passing touchdowns in a single season. Leonard leads all ACC quarterbacks in rushing yards and holds Duke's longest rush and rushing touchdown on the season, a 74-yard scoring jaunt against North Carolina. He became just the second quarterback in program lore to rush for 600-plus yards and throw for 2,000-plus yards in a single game. He capped off his first full season at the helm with a career-best performance against Wake Forest, where he finished 29-of-41 passing for 391 with four touchdowns. He is currently one of four quarterbacks in the country to have 10-plus rushing and 20-plus passing touchdowns on the year. - Duke Football

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  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: DT - DeWayne Carter, Duke, 95 votes,...Carter, a 6-3, 298-pound redshirt junior from Pickerington, Ohio, has tallied 35 tackles, with a team-best 11.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. In addition, he is tied for first in the ACC and third nationally in fumble recoveries (three) and tied for third in the ACC and tied for fifth nationally in forced fumbles (three). Carter has helped lead a Duke defense that ranks fourth in the ACC in rushing defense, allowing just 121.08 yards per outing. The defensive line has helped hold five-of-12 opponents to under 100 yards rushing and opponents are averaging 3.73 yards per carry with eight rushing scores. - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Graham BartonSr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: OT - Graham Barton, Duke, 132 votes,...Barton, a 6-5, 311-pound junior from Brentwood, Tenn., started all 12 games for the Blue Devils at left tackle, helping the offense accumulate 2,217 rushing and 2,837 passing yards. He also has helped Duke register 28 rushing touchdowns this season, which ties with the 2013 team for the second most in program history. Barton anchors an offensive line unit that ranks first in the ACC and tied for 31st nationally in sacks allowed (17), first in the ACC and tied for 11th nationally in tackles for loss allowed (4.00), third in the ACC and tied for 22nd nationally in rushing touchdowns, fourth in the ACC in rushing offense (184.75) and second in the ACC for time of possession (32:44). In addition, Barton holds a Pro Football Focus grade of 85.8 this season, which ranks fifth nationally among offensive tackles. - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Porter WilsonrSr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: P - Porter Wilson, Duke, 16 votes,...Wilson, a 6-5, 233-pound redshirt junior from Fairlawn, Ohio, has registered 42 total punts on the year for 1,813 yards for an average of 43.17 yards per punt. He is one of five punters in the ACC with over 1,800 punting yards and 13-plus kicks inside the 20 with 10-plus boots of 50-plus yards. Wilson was named to the Ray Guy Award "Ray's 8" list following his performance against Virginia Tech where he booted three punts for a total of 136 yards, for an average of 45.33 yards per punt. - Duke Football

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  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: S - Brandon Johnson, Duke, 22 votes,...Johnson, a 5-10, 180-pound sophomore from Newton, N.C., ranks second on the team in tackles for loss with 7.5 and is tied for the team lead in sacks with 5.5. He also is tied for first on the team in pass breakups (seven) and interceptions (two), while ranking first in the ACC among defensive backs in sacks. Johnson was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and ACC Defensive Back of the Week following a performance at Miami where he recorded nine tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Shaka HeywardrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: LB - Shaka Heyward, Duke, 34 votes,...Heyward, a 6-3, 240-pound redshirt senior from Dacula, Ga., leads the team in tackles with 93 and is tied for second on the team in pass breakups (six) and tied for the team lead in interceptions (two). He along with Joiner and Jaylen Stinson, make Duke one of three schools in the ACC with at least three players with 69-plus tackles on the year. He helps anchor a defense that ranks fourth in the ACC in rushing defense, allowing just 121.08 yards per outing. He has tallied double digit tackles four times this season, and 12 times in his Blue Devil career. - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Darius JoinerrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: S - Darius Joiner, Duke, 63 votes,...Joiner, a 6-2, 200-pound graduate student from Roanoke, Ala., ranks second on the team in tackles with 90 and has 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups, four quarterback pressures and one forced fumble. In addition, Joiner has tallied three double digit tackle games this season, including a 14-tackle performance at Northwestern. He holds a Pro Football Focus grade of 83.2 this season, which ranks tied for 11th nationally among safeties. - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Jalon CalhounrSr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: WR & ST - Jalon Calhoun, Duke, 68 votes,...Calhoun, a 5-11, 189-pound senior from Greenville, S.C., has hauled in 56 passes for 811 yards and four touchdowns this season. Of his 56 receptions, 34 have produced a first down and 16 have covered 20-plus yards. Earlier this year, he became the 11th player in program history to eclipse 2,000 career receiving yards with 2,298, ranking him ninth all-time in Duke history. His 197 career receptions place him fifth all-time after a career-best 11 catches for 174 yards and a score against Wake Forest in the regular season finale. - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Jacob MonkrSr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: C - Jacob Monk, Duke, 25 votes,...Monk, a 6-3, 298-pound senior from Clayton, N.C., started Duke's opening nine games before being sidelined due to injury. He was named Co-ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after spearheading Duke's offensive effort that produced 38 points, 26 first downs and 377 total yards, while committing zero turnovers, surrendering just one sack and converting on 2-of-3 fourth down attempts against Virginia. Monk has helped Duke's offense accumulate 2,217 rushing and 2,837 passing yards. He also has helped the Blue Devils register 28 rushing touchdowns this season, which ties with the 2013 team for the second most in program history. Monk anchors an offensive line unit that ranks first in the ACC and tied for 31st nationally in sacks allowed (17), first in the ACC and tied for 11th nationally in tackles for loss allowed (4.00), third in the ACC and tied for 22nd nationally in rushing touchdowns, fourth in the ACC in rushing offense (184.75) and second in the ACC for time of possession (32:44). - Duke Football

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  12/02/22 - Jalon CalhounrSr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: AP - Jalon Calhoun, Duke, 32 votes,...As a return specialist, Calhoun accumulated nine punt returns for 113 yards (12.6) and two kick returns for 26 yards (13.0) for 950 all-purpose yards. - Duke Football

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  11/28/22 - Darius JoinerrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  NOV 28 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Darius Joiner, Duke, S, Roanoke, Ala.,...Logged six tackles, a key interception and one quarterback pressure in the Blue Devils' 34-31 win over Wake Forest ... After Duke went up by three points with just more than two minutes remaining, Joiner came up with his interception on what would be Wake Forest's final possession as the Blue Devils ran out the clock to secure the victory ... Third Duke defensive back this season to earn an ACC weekly honor. - ACC Football

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  11/28/22 - Riley LeonardJr/2025, Duke + More +

  NOV 28 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Riley Leonard, QB, Duke, Fairhope, Ala.,...Completed 29-of-41 (.707) pass attempts for 391 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 34-31 win over Wake Forest ... TD passes covered 30, 46, 30 and 20 yards ... Threw the game-winning 20-yard TD pass to Sahmir Hagans with 2:04 remaining in the game ... The four touchdown passes of 20 yards or more tied the Duke single-game record ... Completed his first 12 passes of the game ... Completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns were all career-best marks. - ACC Football

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  11/26/22 - Riley LeonardJr/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard threw for a career-best 391 yards and four touchdowns and Duke used a late touchdown to close out the regular season with a 34-31 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday. Leonard, who completed 29-of-41 passes, connected with Sahmir Hagans for the game-winning score, a 20-yard reception with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Hagans finished with two touchdowns and set career-highs in receptions and receiving yards, as did Duke's Jalon Calhoun. As a duo, Hagans and Calhoun accounted for 19 receptions and 313 receiving yards. With the win, the Blue Devils (8-4, 5-3 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak in their series with the Demon Deacons and recorded their first eight-win regular season since 2014. Wake Forest (7-5, 3-5) quarterback Sam Hartman completed 26-of-42 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted late in the fourth by Duke defensive back Darius Joiner. Demon Deacon wide receiver A.T. Perry had eight catches for 87 yards and a score in the loss. - Duke/AP College Football

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