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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: DeWayne Carter, Duke University,...Away from the classroom and field, Carter has been giving back to his local communities for years. As a part of Duke's Student-Athlete Development program, he meets with local third and fourth graders from Lakewood Elementary to help them achieve reading initiative goals throughout the year. Carter is also a tutor for KIPP Durham College Prep and Durham Public School's Ignite to help students go beyond extracurricular community service by participating in structured activities of reflection and analysis. In addition, Carter is an active member of Duke's United Black Athletes organization and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served on the NCAA Division I Football Student-Athlete Connection Group this past season. He is also a volunteer coach for the little league baseball team at First Calvary Baptist Church. - Duke Football

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  08/12/22 - Chance LytlerSr/2023, Duke + More +

  An imposing figure at 6-foot-7 and 329 pounds with a full beard and long golden hair down to his shoulders, Chance Lytle stands out among Duke's offensive lineman. That's true on the field, where he's battling for a starting position, and off, where he can grab a microphone and belt out Italian opera music. The Blue Devils were treated to the latter Sunday night during a team meal when Lytle went a capella to sing a few lines, in Italian, from Andrea Bocelli's "Con te partiro." After hearing other players sing not nearly as well, and knowing Lytle received a degree in music and voice performance from Colorado before transferring to Duke this year, some of the Blue Devils chanted and pounded the table to get Lytle up and signing.

When he finished, everyone leaped from their seats to cheer wildly. "He goes up there and I have no clue what the name of the song was," Duke linebacker Dorian Mausi said Tuesday. "But I'm like ooooh snaap! He got that on for sure." On Monday night, Duke posted a TikTock video of Lytle's performance and it quickly made its way around the Internet. Non-opera fans might recognize the song from the end of the 2008 film, "Step Brothers," where actor Will Farrell sang a version. Lytle, with Colorado appearances in such operas as "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in his background, loved entertaining his team teammates and is getting accustomed to the attention. - Herald Sun


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  As Mike Elko and his staff start to build something good for Duke defense that was among the nation's worst last season, a big man in the middle up front is a great place to start. Defensive tackle DeWayne Carter shined while the Blue Devils, as a group, struggled during the 3-9 season that precipitated the end of David Cutcliffe's 14-season tenure as their head coach. Elko arrived last November from Texas A&M, where as defensive coordinator the Aggies rated No. 14 nationally by allowing 327.5 yards per game and No. 3 nationally in points allowed per game (15.9).

Duke, meanwhile, allowed more yards per game than any of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams at 517.6 yards per game and finished at No. 127 by allowing 39.8 points per game. Despite that, Carter put together a solid season that brought him third-team All-ACC honors, giving Elko someone he can count upon this season. "DeWayne's got a lot of explosion, a lot of twitch," Elko said. "He can play in the run and pass game. He's got pass rush values every down at defensive tackle." The raw stats show Carter led the ACC in forced fumbles (four) while recording 7.5 tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks. - Herald Sun


rJr/2024 DT DeWayne CarterDuke
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  08/07/22 - Riley LeonardrFr/2026, Duke + More +

  Three practices into the first preseason of his Duke tenure, Mike Elko isn't any closer to - publicly or privately - naming the Blue Devils' starting quarterback. Elko said Friday, sophomores Riley Leonard and Jordan Moore must both factor into game plans no matter who gets the start against Temple. "I think in the modern world of college football, the way the speed of the game is nowadays, we're worried about getting our third quarterback ready," Elko said. "As much as we're worried about getting one and two, we're also worried about three because that's how seasons go sometimes." Leonard started one game as a freshman last season when Gunner Holmberg, who has since transferred to Florida International, was injured. Moore has no starts but played in 10 games last season for former coach David Cutcliffe. - Rock Hill Herald

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  08/03/22 - Shaka HeywardrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Shaka Heyward, Duke, Senior LB,...In 39 career games, the Dacula, Ga., native has compiled 246 tackles, 26.5 tackle for loss, 9.5 sacks, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, one pass breakup and 11 quarterback pressures. Heyward heads into the 2022 season with four-plus tackles in 28 straight contests and is one of two returners with 2,400-plus career snaps (Jacob Monk: 2,411). The 2021 Third Team All-ACC selection and recipient of the team's Vincent Rey Award, an honor presented to the team's top linebacker, tallied a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss against Pittsburgh just a year ago. He also recorded an interception against Notre Dame in 2019 and Kansas in 2021. - Duke Football

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  08/03/22 - Evan DeckersrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Evan Deckers, Duke,...The 6-4, 244-pound graduate transfer, lettered four years at UMass and played in 40 career games. The Avon, Conn., native earned Second Team All-Independent honors by Phil Steele just a season ago. Deckers helped the Minutemen kickers convert 27-of-36 FGs and 102-of-106 PATs during his tenure. He assisted the punting unit on 226 punts for 9,290 yards (41.11), including 57 punts downed inside the 20. - Duke Football

rSr/2023 LS Evan DeckersDuke
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  08/03/22 - Jaylen StinsonJr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaylen Stinson, Duke,...Stinson, a 5-8, 173-pound native of Opelika, Ala., is a preseason First Team All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. In 23 career games, the defensive back has compiled 55 tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery. As a kick returner, Stinson has returned 51 kickoffs for 1,173 yards (23.00) with two touchdowns. - Duke Football

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  08/01/22 - Porter WilsonrJr/2024, Duke + More +

  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Porter Wilson - Duke,... Wilson (6-5, 233) was one of just three punters in the ACC last season with at least 15 punts of 50-plus yards and 20 punts downed inside the 20. A native of Fairlawn, Ohio, Wilson started in all 12 games in 2021, punting 61 times for 2,732 yards (44.79). He ranked third in the league in total yardage and punting average and had 22 kicks downed inside the opponent 20-yard line to just three touchbacks. In addition, Wilson finished the season with 17 punts of 50-plus yards to tie for the fourth-highest total in the ACC. He registered a season-long 69-yard punt against North Carolina A&T. Wilson also was just one of two punters to rank among the league's top 10 in punting average with 60-plus boots against three-or-less touchbacks. - Duke Football

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  05/26/22 - Shaka HeywardrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: SHAKA HEYWARD, LB, Duke, Sr., 6-4, 220, Dacula, Georgia: On Watch List last year; 148 career tackles; majoring in evolutionary anthropology. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

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  12/06/21 - Mataeo DurantSr/2022, Duke + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB - Mataeo Durant, Duke, 154 votes,...Durant, a 6-1, 195-pound senior from McCormick, S.C., enjoyed a record-breaking season for the Blue Devils, eclipsing the program's single-season rushing yardage mark. He finished the year second in the ACC with 1,241 yards on 255 attempts with nine rushing touchdowns. He also compiled six 100-yard rushing games to tie for the most in school history. His 255-yard performance against Charlotte and 43 rushing attempts against Georgia Tech earlier this year also etched his name into the records book for the most in a single game. He closes his Blue Devil tenure third in Duke history with 10 100-yard rushing games, fourth in rushing yards (2,562), sixth in highest average per rushing attempt (5.24), eighth in rushing attempts (489), and tied for 13th in rushing touchdowns (18). - Duke Football

Sr/2022 RB Mataeo DurantDuke
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  12/06/21 - Jaylen StinsonJr/2024, Duke + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): SP - Jaylen Stinson, Duke, 43 votes,...Stinson, a 5-8, 165-pound sophomore from Opelika, Ala., was Duke's kickoff return specialist this season. He recorded 34 of the Blue Devils' 43 returns and amassed 818 yards with two touchdowns. His number of returns as well as his return yardage was second in the nation and first in the ACC. Stinson's two kickoff returns for a touchdown also placed him tied for second in the country. He became the first Blue Devil to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in a single season since Damond Philyaw-Johnson in 2019. - Duke Football

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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): C - Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke, 43 votes,...Wohlabaugh, a 6-4, 305-pound redshirt senior from Akron, Ohio, anchored Duke's offensive line and finished with 904 snaps to lead the unit. Duke finished sixth in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed with 27 and helped protect an offense that accumulated 5,011 yards of total offense. Wohlabaugh also blocked for running back Durant to rush for a program record 1,241 yards this season. - Duke Football

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  12/06/21 - Jacob MonkrJr/2024, Duke + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): OG - Jacob Monk, Duke, 24 votes,...Monk, a 6-3, 310-pound junior from Clayton, N.C., was a key component along Duke's offensive line this season. He had the third most snaps of the group with 777. Monk helped a unit that accumulated 5,011 yards of total offense. He also blocked for Durant to rush for a program record 1,241 yards this season. The offensive line unit finished sixth in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed with 27. - Duke Football

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  12/06/21 - Shaka HeywardrSr/2023, Duke + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Shaka Heyward, Duke, 45 votes,...Heyward, a 6-4, 220-pound redshirt junior from Dacula, Ga., led the team and ranked fifth in the ACC with 98 tackles. He chipped in a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception, one pass breakup and five quarterback pressures. On the year, he garnered three double-digit tackle performances and led or finished second on the team in tackles in 10 of 12 games. He has 246 tackles in his Blue Devil tenure as well as 26.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two interceptions, one pass breakup, three fumble recoveries and 11 quarterback pressures to his name. - Duke Football

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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DT - DeWayne Carter, Duke, 51 votes,...Carter, a 6-3, 300-pound redshirt sophomore from Pickerington, Ohio, concluded the season with 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and six quarterback pressures. His caused fumbles ranked first in the ACC and tied for ninth in the nation. He finished second on the team in both tackles for loss and sacks. Earlier this year, Carter registered a career-high six tackles against Virginia Tech. For his career, he has 49 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and six quarterback pressures. - Duke Football

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