DURHAM, N.C. – Wide receiver and punt returner Jamison Crowder and offensive guard Laken Tomlinson were named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-America Team, the publication announced. Additionally, seven Blue Devils, including Tomlinson and Crowder, were picked to the Preseason All-ACC Team.
Crowder and Tomlinson were both Preseason All-America second team selections with Crowder earning his award as a punt returner. Tomlinson and Crowder were also Preseason All-America picks by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
Athlon Sports picked Tomlinson to the Preseason All-ACC first team, while Crowder was a second team pick at wide receiver and punt returner. Joining Crowder on the second team were tight end Braxton Deaver, linebacker Kelby Brown, safety Jeremy Cash and safety and kickoff returner DeVon Edwards. All seven of those selections were also picks to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-ACC squad.
Additionally, Athlon picked Duke’s wide receiver and tight end unit as the 22nd best in the country and the offensive line unit as the nation’s 24th best heading into the 2014 season. Duke received the No. 38 overall ranking as a team.
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.
Athlon Sports Preseason Accolades
No. 22 WR/TE Unit
No. 24 OL Unit
All-ACC First Team
OG Laken Tomlinson