Duke Football BIO
5 Brandon Braxton
2012: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in and started eight games at safety ... missed contests against Virginia, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami due to injury ... recorded 38 tackles, 1.5 tackle for loss and one PBU ... posted a career-high 10 tackles in the season-opener against FIU ... added nine stops versus N.C. Central and eight tackles against Memphis ... on the field for 357 snaps.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 12 games with 10 starting assignments ... caught 40 passes for 352 yards (8.80) ... finished fourth on the team in pass receptions ... set career single-game bests with nine catches and 60 receiving yards at Boston College ... had five catches versus Richmond and four grabs against both Tulane and North Carolina ... career-long catch of 41 yards came versus Georgia Tech ... caught at least one pass in all 12 weeks and had multiple receptions in nine contests ... combined with Conner Vernon (70) and Donovan Varner (61) to become the third Duke trio with 40+ receptions each in a single season ... coupled with Vernon, Varner and Cooper Helfet (43) to match the school record for most players (4) with 40+ pass receptions, equaling the standard set in 1982 ... also returned two punts for zero net yards ... ranked fourth on the team in special teams tackles with seven ... on the field for 672 snaps.
2010: Played in all 12 games with five starting assignments ... started against Army, Navy, Virginia, Boston College and Georgia Tech ... finished sixth on the team with 14 pass receptions for 180 yards (12.86) and one TD ... eight receptions produced first downs ... first collegiate TD covered 21 yards against Army ... 10 of his 14 receptions came in the second half of the season ... had a season-high four catches versus Boston College ... season-long reception covered 36 yards at Georgia Tech ... caught 2+ passes in four contests ... played 414 snaps.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered one season (2007) at St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland, Ohio) under coach Chuck Kyle and two seasons (2008-09) at Providence High School under coach Randy Long ... charted as the 94th-top wide receiver in the country and the 16th-best overall prospect in North Carolina by Scout.com ... listed as the 109th-top wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.com ... helped St. Ignatius to an 8-3 record and state playoff berth in 2007 ... helped Providence to a two-year ledger of 15-11 with two state playoff appearances ... as a senior, had 50 pass receptions for 792 yards and nine TDs ... two-time all-conference selection ... also lettered in track and field.
PERSONAL: Son of David and Shannon Braxton ... father lettered three seasons (1986-87-88) as a defensive end at Wake Forest, was selected in the second round (52nd overall pick) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played in 71 career games over six seasons with the Vikings (1989-90), Phoenix Cardinals (1990-93) and Cincinnati Bengals (1994) ... high school football teammate of fellow Blue Devil Braxton Deaver ... born December 28, 1991 ... double majoring in cultural anthropology and theater.