Duke Football BIO
59 Kelby Brown
2013: First team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... second team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches ... Capital One Academic All-District III pick ... Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the Vincent Rey Award as Duke’s most outstanding linebacker ... three-time ACC Linebacker of the Week honoree after victories over Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Miami ... Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week following win over Virginia Tech ... played in 13 games with 12 starting assignments ... missed the Troy contest due to injury ... compiled 114 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, two INTs, two PBUs, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight QB pressures ... in the ACC, ranked second in tackles per game (8.77), third in total tackles, tied for third in fumble recoveries, tied for 10th in fumble recoveries per game (0.15), 19th in tackles for loss per game (0.85) and tied for 20th in tackles for loss ... nationally, ranked tied for 34th in fumble recoveries and tied for 46th in tackles per game ... in eight ACC regular season contests, averaged a league-high 10.38 tackles per game ... cumulative tackle total ranks as the 36th-highest single-season total in school history ... reached double figures in the tackle column against Georgia Tech (17), Virginia Tech (14), N.C. State (10) and Miami (17) ... became the 14th player in Duke history to register 2+ games with 16+ tackles in a single season ... had 1+ TFL in eight games and carded multiple TFL in four weeks ... INTs came in wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina ... INT of Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas came with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter to help seal the 13-10 win over the then 16th-ranked Hokies in Blacksburg as Duke defeated a nationally-ranked opponent on the road for the first time since 1971 ... in the victory over N.C. State, logged 10 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack and one caused fumble ... teamed with David Helton (133) and Jeremy Cash (121) 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 Cash and Helton, provided Duke with one of four defensive trios nationally to post 100+ tackles each, joining Houston, Iowa and Wyoming ... on the field for 885 snaps.
2012: Did not see game action while recovering from right knee surgery performed on February 22, 2012.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... Mike Curtis Award recipient as Duke’s most outstanding linebacker ... also received the Mike Suglia Award, an honor presented annually to the sophomore member of the Duke football program who best exemplifies the academic and athletic qualities of the late Mike Suglia ... played in and started 10 games ... missed the Virginia and Georgia Tech weeks due to injury ... finished third on the team in total tackles (65) ... ranked 21st in the ACC in tackles per game (6.5) ... led Duke in tackles for loss (7.0) ... reached double figures in the tackle column three times ... had 10 tackles against both Richmond and Florida State before carding a career-high 13 stops versus Virginia Tech ... added 1.5 tackles for loss and a caused fumble against the Hokies ... matched career single-game best with 2.5 tackles for loss versus Wake Forest ... enjoyed Duke’s three-game stretch versus three eventual bowl teams — Florida State, Wake Forest & No. 15 Virginia Tech — in weeks 6-7-8 with combined totals of 29 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and one caused fumble ... on the field for 580 snaps.
2010: Freshman All-America selection by Phil Steele (4th team) and College Football News (HM) ... finished third in the balloting for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association... played in nine games with seven starts ... missed the first two games of the year while recovering from injury ... missed the season finale against North Carolina after suffering torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in right knee the previous week at Georgia Tech ... underwent surgery on December 15, 2010 ... posted 63 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and five QB pressures ... led the nation in fumble recoveries per game (0.44) ... ranked second among ACC rookies in tackles per game (7.0) ... established Duke rookie record for fumble recoveries in a season (4) ... became just the third Duke player in the past 20 years to recover four fumbles in a season, joining John Zuanich (1994) and Terrell Smith (2002) ... fumble recoveries came against Alabama, Miami, Boston College and Georgia Tech ... the 63 tackles marked the eighth-highest single-season total by a rookie in Duke history ... logged 4+ tackles in all nine games appeared in ... top outing came in Duke’s 34-31 win at Navy with a season-high 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack and three QB pressures ... had 10 stops against Army ... made career debut in week three versus Alabama and posted four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery while playing 19 total snaps ... played 423 snaps on the year.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered three seasons at Charlotte Christian High School under coach Jason Estep ... charted as the 36th-top outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... All-Mid Atlantic Region choice by SuperPrep ... earned the Donnie Shell Defensive Player of the Year award for the Charlotte metropolitan area by the Charlotte Touchdown Club ... helped squad to three-year record of 29-9 including one state title (2008) and two state runner-up finishes (2007 & 2009) ... logged 105 tackles, five sacks and two INTs as a senior ... 2009 NCISAA first team all-state pick ... had 86 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two INTs as a junior ... two-time all-conference pick ... two-year team captain ... selected to the North Carolina squad for the fifth annual Oasis Shrine Bowl on November 27, 2009 in Charlotte, N.C.
PERSONAL: Son of Connie and Kelby Brown ... mother lettered three seasons (1981-82-84) in basketball at Northwestern ... father lettered three seasons (1979-80-81) in football at Northwestern ... brother, Kyler, is a member of the Duke football program ... born July 10, 1991 ... graduated from Duke in June, 2014 with a degree in evolutionary anthropology and is pursuing graduate degree in Christian studies.