DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson and redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash have received All-America honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, according to an announcement by the organization Thursday. Tomlinson was a first team pick while Cash made the second team. It marks the first time Duke has had two Walter Camp All-America honorees in the same year.
Earlier Thursday, Tomlinson was also named to the USA Today All-America second team.
Tomlinson, a 6-3, 330-pound native of Chicago, Ill., has started 51 consecutive games, tied for the longest active streak among FBS linemen. He becomes the Blue Devils’ initial first team All-America honoree since Will Snyderwine in 2010, when he made the American Football Coaches Association top squad. Duke had not at a first team Walter Camp selection since Clarkston Hines in 1989.
A first team All-ACC choice in each of the last two seasons, Tomlinson was selected to participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and was a CBSSports.com and Phil Steele Midseason All-America honoree. His work along the offensive line has allowed Duke to score the third most points in program history (390) and average 32.50 points per game, the fourth-highest mark. Tomlinson has helped Duke’s offensive line rank third among all FBS programs in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (3.33) and stand 15th in fewest sacks surrendered a contest (1.08).
As a result of his efforts on and off the field, Tomlinson was an Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award nominee and one of 11 student-athletes named to the FBS Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Cash, a 6-2, 205-pound native of Miami, Fla., is the only defensive back in the nation to have amassed at least 100 tackles, 10-plus hits for lost yardage and five-plus sacks this season. The second team All-ACC honoree was one of 15 Thorpe Award semifinalists this season. A year ago, he received All-America honors (USA Todaysecond team) and is the first Duke player to be an All-American in consecutive years since Hines in 1988-89. Cash is Duke’s first defensive player to receive All-America accolades in consecutive years since linebacker KeithStoneback, in 1973-74.
In 2014 Cash paces the Blue Devils with 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while his 103 stops are good for the third most on the squad. In addition, his four forced fumbles are tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in program history. He was a preseason all-ACC pick by six publications and was on the Bednarik Award, NagurskiTrophy and Thorpe Award Watch Lists.
With Cash and Tomlinson receiving Walter Camp honors, Duke has 10 All-America selections who have earned a total of 21 All-America honors in the seven years (2008-14) under head coach David Cutcliffe. In the previous seven years of the program (2001-07), Duke had one All-American, Mike Hart, who was a Football NewsHonorable Mention selection at tight end in 2001.