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54 C.J. France

CAREER: Lettered four (2011-12-13-14) seasons … a two-time Academic All-ACC choice … played in 47 career games with 20 starts, including eight as a senior … totaled 162 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 quarterback sacks, three pass breakups, one interception, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery ... recorded 21 career games with four tackles, including a career-high 15-stop outing at Georgia Tech in 2012 ... owns 26 career games with two or more tackles ... turned in a personal-best four contests with seven or more stops in 2014 … on the field for 1,760 career snaps.

2014: Played in 11 games and started eight, including the final seven contests of the season ... missed the Troy and Kansas weeks due to injury ... booked a career second-best 59 tackles, 1.5 tackles for lost yardage and 0.5 sacks … ranked sixth on the team with 59 total tackles … had 42 stops on rushes and 13 on pass plays … a contributor on special teams with one hit on a kickoff return and two on punt returns … added first career fumble recovery, against Wake Forest in the regular season finale … tallied a half sack against North Carolina for first quarterback drop of career … booked a personal second-best 13 tackles in double overtime victory at Pittsburgh … contest was one of two in career reaching double-digit tackles … averaged 7.14 tackles per game during the last seven contests of the year … on the field for 539 total snaps.

2013: Played in 12 games with one starting assignment ... missed the first two weeks of the year ... started against Georgia Tech ... posted 20 tackles including a season-high eight versus Georgia Tech ... on the field for 178 snaps.

2012: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 13 games with 10 starts ... received the Vincent Rey Award as Duke’s most outstanding linebacker ... posted 60 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one interception and one caused fumble ... tied for fourth on the team in tackles ... posted a season-best 15 hits at Georgia Tech ... logged four or more tackles in nine contests ... first career interception came at Wake Forest with Duke nursing a 27-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter ... turnover led to Jela Duncan’s 17-yard TD run, which provided the Blue Devils with an insurmountable 14-point cushion ... on the field for 696 snaps, tops among Duke LBs, including a season-high 94 at Georgia Tech.

2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in 11 games with one start ... missed the Georgia Tech contest due to injury ... key contributor on special teams ... totaled 23 tackles during the year ... first career start came at Virginia, and responded with a season-high eight tackles against the Cavaliers ... had five tackles versus Stanford ... ranked third on the team in special teams tackles with eight ... on the field for 347 total snaps, including 158 defensive plays.

2010: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered three seasons at Carver High School under coach Dell McGhee ... listed as the 89th-best outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com ... charted as the 80th-best middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com ... helped team to three-year record of 37-5 with three state playoff appearances and the 2007 state title ... as a senior, recorded 113 tackles ... selected to play in the annual Georgia Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game ... also lettered in tennis.

PERSONAL: Son of Clarence and Lisa France ... born April 9, 1992 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2014 with a degree in sociology while minoring in education ... also earned a certificate in markets and management studies.

C.J. France's Career Stats
Year G/GS Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
2011 11/1 9 14 23 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 13/10 27 33 60 1.5-1 0.0-0 1 3 1 0 0
2013 12/1 8 12 20 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 11/8 27 32 59 1.5-7 0.5-3 0 0 0 1 0
Total 47/20 71 91 162 3.0-8 0.5-3 1 3 1 1 0

2011 Game Log
Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
Richmond 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Stanford 2 3 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Boston College 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Tulane 0 2 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
FIU 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Florida State 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Wake Forest 0 1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia Tech 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 2 0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia 2 6 8 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia Tech   — DNP —                
North Carolina 0 1 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 0

2012 Game Log
Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
FIU  2  7  9  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  1  0  0
Stanford  2  0  2  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  1  0  0  0
N.C. Central  0  1  1  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Memphis  1  1  2  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Wake Forest  3  2  5  0.0-0  0.0-0  1  1  0  0  0
Virginia  1  4  5  0.5-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech  0  4  4  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
North Carolina  1  3  4  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  1  0  0  0
Florida State  0  0  0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Clemson  1  3  4  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Georgia Tech  12  3  15  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Miami  3  2  5  1.0-1  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Cincinnati  1  3  4  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0

2013 Game Log
Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL QBS INT PBU CF FR QBH
N.C. Central    — DNP —                
Memphis    — DNP —                
Georgia Tech  2  6  8  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Pitt 0 4 4  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Troy 0 0 0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Navy 0 0 0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia 3 0 3  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech 2 0 2  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
NC State 0 0 0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Miami 0 0 0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Wake Forest 0 0 0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
North Carolina 1 0 1  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Florida State  0  2  2  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Texas A&M  0  0  0  0.0-0  0.0-0  0  0  0  0  0
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 230
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Columbus, Ga.
High School: Carver
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