Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2013: Listed as the starter at the Will linebacker slot ... consistent and steady performer ... has a keen understanding of Duke’s defensive schemes ... was the program’s most consistent linebacker a season ago ... owns good speed and instincts ... expected to have a prominent role on special teams again in 2013... in 24 career games (11 starts), has 83 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one INT, one caused fumble and three PBUs ... has played 1,043 career snaps ... pairs with Kelby Brown to give Duke two LBs with 1,000+ snaps of experience ... has recorded 11 career games with 4+ tackles including a career-high 15-stop outing at Georgia Tech in 2012 ... has 16 career games with 2+ tackles ... co-Most Improved Defensive Player award recipient alongside A.J. Wolf following spring practice ... in the annual Spring Game, recorded a game-high nine total tackles ... two-time Academic All-ACC choice.
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 ... majoring in sociology while minoring in education ... also pursuing a certificate in markets and management studies.