DURHAM -- The Duke football team is in the middle of week one of its 2014 preseason training camp. For senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder, it will be the final fall camp of his career.
The Blue Devil Network caught up with the All-American pass-catcher to get his take on his role as a leader, what he's most looking forward to over the next few weeks, and a new team-bonding element coach Cutcliffe introduced to the players just before the start of camp.
Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound senior from Monroe, N.C., enters the 2014 season as one of the nation’s top receivers and most versatile players. He earned Preseason All-America honors from Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, Sporting News and USA Today both as a wide receiver and a punt returner. He has also received watch list recognition from the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player, the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player.
Crowder totaled 13 touchdowns and 1,832 all-purpose yards (130.9 per game) in 2013 on the way to All-America second team honors as a punt returner and All-ACC first team recognition at wide receiver. He broke the ACC record with 108 receptions in Duke’s 14 games while totaling 1,360 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and two punt return scores with an average of 16.0 yards per return as Duke went 10-4, won the ACC Coastal Division and appeared in both the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.