DURHAM, N.C. – Lindy’s Sports picked Duke to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division, pegged 10 Blue Devils to the Preseason All-ACC Team and selected five Duke players among the top 10 in the country at their respective positions in the publication’s preseason college football preview magazine.
Duke senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who was an All-America selection at punt returner last season as well as an All-ACC first team pick at receiver, was named to Lindy’s Preseason All-ACC first team, tabbed as the fifth-best wide receiver in the nation and was cited as having the best hands in the ACC. Crowder hauled in an ACC-record 108 receptions for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior while returning 25 punts for 401 yards and two touchdowns.
Joining Crowder on the Preseason All-ACC first team were redshirt senior offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash and redshirt junior punter Will Monday. Tomlinson was picked as the nation’s fourth-best offensive guard and the No. 46 overall draft prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft, while Cash and Monday were both ranked No. 7 nationally at their positions.
Representing Duke on the All-ACC second team were redshirt senior tight end Braxton Deaver, redshirt junior placekicker Ross Martin and senior linebackers David Helton and Kelby Brown. Lindy’s picked Deaver as the No. 4 tight end in the country.
Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone and redshirt sophomore safety and kickoff returner DeVon Edwards were named to the All-ACC third team, with Edwards earning his selection as an all-purpose performer.
Lindy’s placed Duke No. 35 overall in the preseason rankings.
The Blue Devils bring back eight returning starters on offense and six on defense from last season’s ACC Coastal Division Champion squad, which went 10-4 and played in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Duke opens the 2014 campaign against Elon on Aug. 30 at Wallace Wade Stadium. To order tickets, call (919) 681-BLUE or visit www.GoDuke.com/footballtix.
ACC Best Hands
WR Jamison Crowder
Preseason National Rankings
Wide Receiver Rankings
5. Jamison Crowder
Tight End Rankings
4. Braxton Deaver
Offensive Guard Rankings
4. Laken Tomlinson
7. Jeremy Cash
7. Will Monday
Overall Player Draft Rankings
No. 45 Laken Tomlinson, OG