2018: Returning starting cornerback ... preseason All-America selection by Street & Smith’s College Football Yearbook (1st team), Athlon Sports (2nd), Lindy’s Sports (2nd) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (4th) ... unanimous preseason first team All-ACC pick by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and Street & Smith’s College Football Yearbook ... listed by Lindy’s Sports as the No. 4 cornerback in the nation ... charted as the No. 7 cornerback and the No. 71 overall player in the country by Sports Illustrated ... candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association ... in 25 career games (16 starts), has 53 tackles, 5.0 TFL, six INTs and 17 PBUs ... has 13 games with 2+ tackles including a career-high eight stops against Virginia in 2017 ... has two games with 2+ INTs including a career-high two against Northwestern (2017) and Wake Forest (2017) ... has five games with 2+ PBUs including a career-high three versus Baylor (2017) and Virginia Tech (2017) ... has played 1,262 snaps ... one of four Duke defensive players with 1,200+ career snaps of experience, joining LB Ben Humphreys (1,934), LB Joe Giles-Harris (1,688) and S Jeremy McDuffie (1,302) ... among active players in the ACC, enters the 2018 season ranking tied for fourth in INTs, tied for fourth in PBUs and tied for fourth in total passes defended ... holds Duke single-season record for total passes defended with 21 (6 INTs & 15 PBUs) in 2017 and is the only player in Duke history to record 5+ INTs and 15+ PBUs in a single campaign ... shares Duke single-season record with Erwin Sampson (1989) for PBUs with 15 in 2017 ... enrolled at Duke in January, 2016.
2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017: Fourth team All-America pick by Athlon Sports ... first team All-ACC selection as the leading vote-getter among CBs in the all-league balloting ... recipient of the program’s Willis Aldridge Award as Duke’s top defensive back ... started all 13 games ... recorded 35 tackles, 3.0 TFL, six INTs and 15 PBUs ... in the ACC, ranked first in total passes defended (21), first in total passes defended per game (1.62), second in INTs, second in INTs per game (0.46) and second in PBUs ... nationally, ranked tied for third in INTs, tied for third in total passes defended per game, tied for third in total passes defended, tied for seventh in INTs per game and tied for eighth in PBUs ... set Duke single-season record for total passes defended, breaking the previous standard of 19 set by Erwin Sampson in 1989 ... matched school single-season standard for PBUs previously set by Sampson in 1989 ... the six INTs marked the most by a Blue Devil in a single campaign since 2006 when John Talley registered seven and led the ACC in INTs per game (0.58) ... logged 2+ tackles in nine contests with a season-high eight stops at Virginia ... posted two INTs against both Northwestern and Wake Forest ... sealed 31-23 win over the Demon Deacons with an INT at the 1:32 mark of the fourth period ... both INTs at Wake Forest came on throws from Demon Deacon QB John Wolford, who led the ACC and ranked 10th nationally in pass efficiency rating and was intercepted just six times on the season ... had single-game INTs versus Virginia and Florida State ... registered 2+ PBUs in five games including a season-high three against both Baylor and Virginia Tech ... posted four tackles, 1.0 TFL and two PBUs in the Quick Lane Bowl win over Northern Illinois ... became the first player in Duke history to post 5+ INTs and 15+ PBUs in a season ... coupled with teammates Jeremy McDuffie (9), Bryon Fields Jr. (7) and Jordan Hayes (7) to give Duke the lone foursome in the ACC with 7+ PBUs each ... helped Duke rank among the ACC leaders in opponent pass completion percentage (2nd), scoring defense (3rd) and total defense (4th) ... spearheaded a Blue Devil defense that ranked tied for third in the league with 15 defensive INTs, trailing only Boston College (18) and Miami (17) and ranked third in the conference in pass defense by allowing just 179.4 yards per game through the air ... on the field for 914 snaps.
2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: Second team Freshman All-ACC pick by Athlon Sports ... played in 12 games with three starts ... earned starting assignments against North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Miami ... totaled 18 tackles, 2.0 TFL and two PBUs ... had seven tackles in win over North Carolina ... logged five stops, 1.0 TFL and one PBU at Miami ... one of eight true freshmen to earn varsity letter ... on the field for 348 snaps ... enrolled at Duke in January, 2016.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year letterman at Terry Sanford High School under head coach Bryan Till ... three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com ... rated as the No. 37 cornerback in the country by ESPN.com, No. 42 by Scout.com, No. 53 by 247Sports.com and No. 62 by Rivals.com ... charted as the No. 2 cornerback prospect in North Carolina according to Scout.com ... in December, 2015, received the Laurel Wreath Award, an accolade marking the highest sports honor North Carolina can present to an athlete ... chosen to represent North Carolina in The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... recorded a second half INT to help North Carolina to 54-39 victory over South Carolina ... following senior year, placed on the all-division NCPreps.com all-state team ... as a senior, helped Terry Sanford to a second consecutive Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference title and a 12-2 final record ... totaled 66 tackles and three kickoff returns for TDs ... as a junior, helped squad to a 9-4 record and Cape Fear Valley Conference crown after recording 34 tackles, three INTs and one punt return for a TD ... also lettered in basketball ... led Terry Sanford to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state crown as a junior and earned title game MVP honors (31 points) in a 67-60 win over Gastonia Ashbrook ... All-Cape Fear basketball player of the year pick by The Fayetteville Observer (18 points per game) as a junior.
PERSONAL: Born June 1, 1997 ... majoring in sociology while pursuing a certificate in documentary studies ... son of Tonya and Mark Gilbert ... uncle, Sean Gilbert, lettered two years (1990-91) as a defensive lineman at the University of Pittsburgh, earned first team All-BIG EAST honors and served as team captain in 1991, was the No. 3 overall selection in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and played 11 professional seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (1992-94), St. Louis Rams (1995), Washington Redskins (1996-97), Carolina Panthers (1998-2002) and Oakland Raiders (2003), earning NFL All-Rookie honors in 1992 from the Pro Football Writers Association while making one Pro Bowl appearance (1993) … cousin, Darrelle Revis, lettered three years (2004-05-06) as a defensive back at Pittsburgh, earned first team All-BIG EAST honors in both 2005 and 2006, was the No. 14 overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and has played 10 professional seasons with the Jets (2007-12 & 2015-16), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013) and New England Patriots (2014), earning NFL Pro Bowl honors seven times, AFC Defensive Player of the Year accolades in 2009 and a Super Bowl title with New England in 2014.