Duke Football BIO
16 Jeremy Cash
2015: Returning starter at the Strike safety position ... returning All-ACC and All-American safety ... returning team captain ... candidate for the Maxwell Award, an honor presented annually to the best player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club ... candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, an honor presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club ... candidate for the Bednarik Award, an honor presented annually to the best defensive player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club ... candidate for the Thorpe Award, an honor given annually to the nation’s top defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association ... along with teammate LB Kelby Brown, named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List as Duke joined Ohio State and Stanford as the only three schools nationally with multiple selections ... preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports (2nd team), Lindy’s Sports (2nd team), Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (1st team) and Sporting News (2nd team) ... preseason first team All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and Sporting News ... charted as the No. 2 safety in the nation by Lindy’s Sports ... listed by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 1 draft-eligible strong safety in the country ... tabbed as the No. 10 overall draft-eligible prospect in the ACC by Lindy’s Sports ... member of Duke’s defensive backfield ranked No. 6 nationally by Lindy’s Sports ... in 27 career games (27 starts) at Duke, has 232 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, six INTs, 11 PBUs, six caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries and seven QB pressures ... has reached double digits in tackles in 10 career games including a personal-high 14 stops against both Georgia Tech (2013) and Troy (2013) ... has 5+ tackles in 25 career games ... enters the 2015 season having posted 3+ tackles in 27 straight games ... begins the 2015 campaign 58 stops shy of becoming the 16th player in Duke history to reach the 300-tackle barrier ... enters the season as one of five players nationally with multiple 100+ tackle seasons, joining Maryland’s Sean Davis (102 in 2013 & 115 in 2014), Temple’s Tyler Matakevich (101 in 2012, 137 in 2013, 117 in 2014), Tulsa’s Michael Mudoh (133 in 2013 & 113 in 2014) and Houston’s Trevon Stewart (126 in 2012 & 109 in 2013) ... one of six active players nationally with 200+ tackles and 20.0+ TFL, joining teammate Kelby Brown, Matakevich, Jatavis Brown of Akron, Gerrand Johnson of Louisiana-Monroe and Scooby Wright of Arizona ... pairs with Kelby Brown to give Duke the only pair of active teammates with 200+ tackles and 20.0+ TFL each ... enters 2015 as the only active defensive back nationally with 200+ tackles and 20.0+ TFL ... ranks 14th among active players nationally in career tackles, trailing Matakevich (354), Illinois’ Mason Monheim (294), Houston’s Trevon Stewart (291), Tulsa’s Michael Mudoh (271), Georgia State’s Joseph Peterson (265), West Virginia’s Karl Joseph (264), Tulane’s Darion Monroe (259), Arizona’s Scooby Wright (246), Middle Tennessee State’s Kevin Byard (246), Fresno State’s Kyrie Wilson (243), Duke’s Kelby Brown (242), Tennessee’s Brian Randolph (240) and Alabama’s Trey Depriest (237) ... pairs with Kelby Brown to provide Duke with the nation’s lone tandem of teammates ranking among the top 15 active players in career tackles ... ranks tied for fifth in caused fumbles among active players nationally, trailing only Miami’s Deon Bush (9), Joseph (8), South Florida’s Nigel Harris (7) and Monheim (7) ... among ACC active players, ranks second in tackles, second in caused fumbles, tied for fifth in INTs and tied for eighth in total passes defended (17) ... in 16 career ACC regular season games, has amassed 153 total tackles (9.56) with 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, three INTs, eight PBUs, five caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven double digit tackle performances ... alongside Kelby Brown (114 in 2013) and S DeVon Edwards (133 in 2014), provides Duke with one of two active trios nationally to have recorded 100+ tackles each in a single season, joining Wake Forest ... joins fellow safeties DeVon Edwards and Deondre Singleton along with cornerbacks Breon Borders and Bryon Fields as one of five returning starters in the defensive secondary and the quintet has combined for 742 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, 19 INTs, 59 PBUs and 13 caused fumbles along with 8,975 snaps of experience ... 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 2,149 snaps at Duke ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, matched the top power clean lift among defensive backs (308 lbs.) ... two-time All-America pick (2nd team in both 2013 & 2014) ... joins Joe Brunansky (1936-37), Fred Crawford (1932-33), Jamison Crowder (2013-14), Robert Gantt (1942-43), Art Gregory (1961-62), Clarkston Hines (1988-89), Ed Meadows (1952-53), Bill Milner (1943-46) and Ace Parker (1935-36) as the only Duke players to earn first, second or third team All-America honors in multiple seasons ... two-time All-ACC choice (1st team in 2013 & 2nd team in 2014) ... three-time ACC Defensive Back of the Week honoree following outings against Troy (2013), Miami (2014) and Georgia Tech (2014).
2014: Second team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Foundation and Football Writers Association of America ... third team All-America pick by Phil Steele ... second team All-ACC honoree by both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the league’s 14 head coaches ... Academic All-ACC choice ... recipient of Duke’s Willis Aldridge Award as the team’s top defensive back ... received the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award signifying year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... team captain ... started all 13 games ... posted 111 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, two INTs, seven PBUs, four caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and five QB pressures ... only defensive back in the country to have tallied 100+ tackles, 10.0+ TFL & 5.0+ sacks on the season ... in the ACC, ranked third in caused fumbles per game (0.31), seventh in total tackles, eighth in tackles per game (8.54), tied for 12th in sacks per game (0.42) and tied for 18th in passes defended per game (0.69) ... nationally, ranked 17th in caused fumbles per game and 62nd in tackles per game ... two-time ACC Defensive Back of the Week following performances against Miami (10 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 2 CF & 1 PBU) and Georgia Tech (7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR & 1 PBU) ... reached double figures in tackles against Kansas (12), Tulane (11), Miami, Virginia (11) and Pittsburgh (13) ... had 6+ tackles in 12 games ... posted multiple TFL against Tulane, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest ... had 2-sack outings versus Virginia Tech and Wake Forest ... teamed with David Helton (134) and DeVon Edwards (133) to become just the third 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 and Helton (133), Cash (121) and Kelby Brown (114) in 2013 ... teamed with Helton to become the first pair of Duke players with 100+ stops in consecutive seasons since Vincent Rey and Michael Tauiliili in 2007-08 ... became Duke’s first defensive player to receive All-America accolades in consecutive years since Keith Stoneback in 1973-74 ... became the 10th player in Duke history to earn first, second or third team All-America honors in multiple seasons, joining Joe Brunansky (1936-37), Fred Crawford (1932-33), Jamison Crowder (2013-14), Robert Gantt (1942-43), Art Gregory (1961-62), Clarkston Hines (1988-89), Ed Meadows (1952-53), Bill Milner (1943-46) and Ace Parker (1935-36) ... helped Duke rank among the NCAA leaders in fourth down conversion defense (11th; .290), third down conversion defense (15th; .344), passing efficiency defense (23rd; 115.20) and scoring defense (24th; 21.8) ... on the field for 1,029 total snaps.
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 Georgia Tech ... 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.
PERSONAL: Born December 9, 1992 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2015 with a degree in psychology ... currently pursuing a graduate degree in liberal studies.
* Played at Ohio State in 2011