Duke Football BIO
54 C.J. France
2013: Played in 12 games with one starting assignment ... missed the first two weeks of the year ... started against Georgia Tech ... posted 20 tackles including a season-high eight versus Georgia Tech ... on the field for 178 snaps.
2012: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 13 games with 10 starts ... received the Vincent Rey Award as Duke’s most outstanding linebacker ... posted 60 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one INT, 3 PBUs and one caused fumble ... ranked tied for fourth on the team in tackles ... posted a season-best 15 tackles at Georgia Tech ... logged 4+ tackles in nine contests ... first career INT came at Wake Forest with Duke nursing a 27-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter ... turnover led to Jela Duncan’s 17-yard TD run which provided the Blue Devils with an insurmountable 14-point cushion ... on the field for 696 snaps, tops among Duke LBs, including a season-high 94 at Georgia Tech.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in 11 games with one start ... missed the Georgia Tech contest due to injury ... key contributor on special teams ... totaled 23 tackles on the year ... first career start came at Virginia, and responded with a season-high eight tackles against the Cavaliers ... had five tackles versus Stanford ... ranked third on the team in special teams tackles with eight ... on the field for 347 total snaps including 158 defensive plays.
2010: Did not see game action.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered three seasons at Carver High School under coach Dell McGhee ... listed as the 89th-best outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com ... charted as the 80th-top middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com ... helped team to three-year record of 37-5 with three state playoff appearances and the 2007 state title ... as a senior, recorded 113 tackles ... selected to play in the annual Georgia Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game ... also lettered in tennis.
PERSONAL: Son of Clarence and Lisa France ... born April 9, 1992 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2014 with a degree in sociology while minoring in education ... also earned a certificate in markets and management studies ... pursuing a graduate degree in Christian studies.