Duke Football BIO
89 Braxton Deaver
2015: Charted as the starting tight end ... returns to the gridiron after missing the 2014 season while recovering from knee surgery to repair torn right anterior cruciate ligament performed August 25, 2014 ... granted extension of eligibility request by the NCAA on November 12, 2014 for sixth season of collegiate competition ... has overcome three other surgeries on left knee (January 9, 2012 & July 10, 2012) and right thumb (June 14, 2012) ... candidate for the John Mackey Award, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top tight end ... preseason All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports (3rd team) and Lindy’s Sports (1st team) ... in 26 career games (15 starts), has 54 pass receptions for 707 yards (13.09) and four TDs ... has 17 career games with 2+ receptions including a personal-high seven catches against North Carolina in 2013 ... enters the 2015 season having caught 2+ passes in 14 consecutive games ... has one career 100-yard game, a 116-yard performance against Texas A&M in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl ... has six career games with 45+ receiving yards ... among active TEs in the ACC, ranks first in both pass receptions (tied with Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne) and receiving yardage ... with David Reeves, provides Duke with a pair of TEs with 30+ career receptions and 4+ career TD receptions ... pairs with Reeves to form the top active TE duo in the ACC for combined TD receptions (11) ... holds Duke bowl game records for yards per reception (19.33; minimum 5 receptions) and receiving yards by a TE (116) — both set versus Texas A&M in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl ... has played 1,302 snaps ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the TE group in bench press (380 lbs.).
2014: Did not see game action ... underwent surgery on August 25, 2014 to repair torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered in practice on August 18.
2013: Third team All-ACC choice by both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the league’s head coaches ... named to both the ACC and national All-Bowl Teams by ESPN ... started all 14 games ... caught 46 passes for 600 yards (13.04) and four TDs ... equaled school single-season records for most games with 1+ receptions (14; tied with Jamison Crowder) and 2+ receptions (14; tied with Crowder) ... had a career-high seven catches for 65 yards at North Carolina as Duke clinched the ACC Coastal Division championship ... recorded a career-high 116 receiving yards on six catches against Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to post the eighth-highest single-game receiving yardage total by a TE in school history ... against the Aggies, had three receptions of 25+ yards while five of the six catches produced first downs ... yardage total marked the highest bowl game total nationally by a TE ... performance against Texas A&M set school bowl game record for receiving yards by a TE, bettering the previous standard of 109 yards by Bill Khayat against Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl, and ranks as the third-highest bowl game total in school history overall ... set school bowl game record for yards per reception (19.33; minimum 5 receptions) ... part of a Blue Devil offense that was one of three nationally (Duke, Alabama & South Carolina) to have a pair of 100-yard receivers (Deaver & Crowder ) in a bowl game and one of two offenses (Duke & Alabama) to have two 100-yard receivers and one 100-yard rusher (Josh Snead ) in a bowl game ... had a three-catch, 96-yard, 2-TD performance at Virginia that included the game-winning, 47-yard TD reception from QB Brandon Connette with 11:44 remaining in the fourth period as Duke rallied from a 22-0 deficit in the second quarter for a 35-22 victory ... second TD against the Cavaliers covered 24 yards from QB Anthony Boone at the 4:17 mark of the fourth period and gave Duke a 32-22 advantage ... other TDs came versus N.C. Central and Pittsburgh ... produced first downs on 58.7 percent (27-of-46) of reception total ... closed the season on a high note by averaging 5.67 receptions and 66.00 yards per game over the final three contests against North Carolina, Florida State and Texas A&M ... among TEs in the ACC, ranked second in pass receptions, second in receiving yards and second in receiving TDs ... versus Texas A&M, along with Crowder (163), became the 18th Duke tandem to each post 100+ receiving yards in a game, and the first duo in school history to accomplish the feat in a bowl game ... season reception total marked the sixth-highest by a TE in school history and the most by a Duke TE since Khayat’s 49 catches in 1994 ... paired with Crowder (108) to establish school single-season record for pass receptions by a WR-TE duo with 154 ... coupled with Crowder (1,360) to set school single-season standard for receiving yardage by a WR-TE pair with 1,960 ... combined with Crowder and Jela Duncan (13) to form the third most prolific pass-catching WR-TE-RB trio in school history with 167 receptions ... on the field for 866 snaps.
2012: Did not see game action ... underwent surgery on January 9, 2012 to repair torn left anterior cruciate ligament ... underwent surgery on June 14, 2012 to repair left thumb fracture ... underwent surgery on July 10, 2012 to repair left patella fracture.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, a team honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... played in all 12 games with one start against Miami ... caught eight passes for 107 yards (13.38) ... logged two receptions against Stanford, Miami and Virginia ... posted a season-high 46 receiving yards at Virginia including a season-long 41-yard catch ... on the field for 436 total snaps.
2010: Did not see game action.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered three seasons at Providence High School under coach Randy Long ... charted as the 121st-best wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com ... All-Mid Atlantic Region choice by SuperPrep ... helped team to three-year record of 23-18 with three state playoff appearances ... as a senior, earned first team all-state honors from both the Associated Press and NCPreps.com after catching 72 passes for 1,002 yards and 13 TDs ... received all-conference and all-county accolades in 2009 ... had 46 receptions for 752 yards and 10 TDs as a junior and 58 catches for 800 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore ... finished career with 176 receptions for 2,554 yards and 35 TDs ... lettered as a midfielder on the lacrosse team, helping squad to two conference crowns as well as the 2009 state title.
PERSONAL: Son of Jay and Jayne Deaver ... father lettered four seasons (1985-86-87-88) as an offensive guard at Wake Forest, helping the Demon Deacons to a 22-21-1 record ... born May 8, 1992 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2015 with a degree in sociology ... currently pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies.