Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2014: Returning starter at the Strike safety position ... returning All-ACC and All-American safety ... named to the preseason Watch List for the Bednarik Award, an honor presented annually to the best defensive player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club ... also a candidate for the Thorpe Award, an honor given annually to the nation’s top defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association ... preseason All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports (2nd team), Lindy’s Sports (1st team), Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (1st team) and USA Today (1st team) ... charted as the No. 7 safety in the nation by Lindy’s Sports ... combines with LBs Kelby Brown and David Helton to give Duke the top three returning tacklers in the ACC from a season ago based on tackles per game average ... alongside Brown and Helton, provides Duke with one of two returning defensive units nationally to have three players who recorded 100+ tackles each in 2013, joining Houston’s trio of Derrick Mathews, Efrem Oliphant and Trevon Stewart ... in 14 career games (14 starts) at Duke, has 124 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four INTs, four PBUs, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two QB pressures ... has 10+ tackles in five games including a career-high 14 stops against both Georgia Tech (2013) and Troy (2013) ... has 5+ tackles in 13 career games ... enters the 2014 season having posted 4+ tackles in 14 straight games ... in 2011, played in five games while recording three tackles as a true freshman at Ohio State before transferring to Duke, enrolling in January, 2012 ... sat out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer regulations ... has played 1,120 snaps at Duke ... among active Blue Devils, ranks tied for first for INTs, tied for second for both caused fumble and fumble recoveries and third for tackles for loss ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, ranked among the team leaders in both vertical jump (37’0”; t1st with RB Josh Snead) and broad jump (10’4”; 2nd) while leading the safeties in power clean lift (308 lbs.).
2013: Second team All-America pick by USA Today ... first team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... second team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches ... recipient of Duke’s K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award, an honor presented annually to the program’s leader in snaps played ... started all 14 games ... registered 121 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four INTs, four PBUs, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two QB pressures ... in the ACC, ranked second in total tackles, tied for third in fumble recoveries, fourth in tackles per game (8.64), tied for fifth in INTs, tied for 10th in INTs per game (0.29) and tied for 10th in caused fumbles ... nationally, ranked 34th in fumble recoveries and 52nd in tackles per game ... averaged 9.63 tackles per game in ACC regular season action ... reached double figures in the tackle column a team-high five times ... earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after posting a season-high 14 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss while sealing Duke’s 38-31 victory over Troy with first collegiate INT on the game’s final snap ... also had 14 stops against both Georgia Tech and Troy ... had 13-tackle outings in wins over Miami and North Carolina ... led Duke in tackles in the win over the Tar Heels as the Blue Devils clinched the ACC Coastal Division championship with a 27-25 road victory ... responsible for two takeaways in the win over N.C. State with one INT and one fumble recovery ... in the 13-10 victory at Virginia Tech — Duke’s first over a nationally-ranked opponent on the road since 1971 — thwarted Hokie drives on back-to-back possessions with a fourth down tackle for no gain of RB Trey Edmunds followed by an INT of QB Logan Thomas ... other INT came versus Navy as Duke allowed the Mids just seven points to mark the fewest scoring total allowed against an FBS opponent since a 10-7 triumph over Vanderbilt in 2008 ... other fumble recovery came against Florida State in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game ... had 4+ tackles in all 14 games and 6+ stops in 11 weeks ... teamed with David Helton (133) and Kelby Brown (114) to become just the second trio in Duke history to post 110+ tackles in the same season, joining Jim Reilly (137), Carl McGee (130) and Hank Rossell (130) in 1976 ... with Brown and Helton, provided Duke with one of four defensive trios nationally to post 100+ tackles each, joining Houston, Iowa and Wyoming ... coupled with Helton to become the fifth set of Blue Devils to register 120+ tackles in the same season, joining Reilly, McGee and Rossell in 1976, Emmett Tilley (164) and Jimmy Tyson (135) in 1981, Chike Egbuniwe (132) and Ryan Stallmeyer (128) in 1997 and Terrell Smith (140) and Ryan Fowler (136) in 2003 ... on the field for a team-high 1,120 snaps.
2012: Did not see game action due to NCAA transfer regulations ... enrolled at Duke in January, 2012 following two semesters at Ohio State.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Enrolled at Ohio State in January, 2011 ... played in five games for the Buckeyes in 2011 ... saw action against Colorado, Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan ... recorded three tackles on the year ... played for Steve Davis at Plantation High School ... charted as the No. 25 safety in the country by Rivals.com ... also lettered in basketball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Son of Alisha Sneed ... born December 6, 1992 ... majoring in psychology while minoring in evolutionary anthropology and pursuing a certificate in markets and management.