Duke Football BIO
47 David Helton
2013: Academic All-ACC selection ... first team Capital One Academic All-District III pick ... played in all 14 games with 13 starts ... recorded 133 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, two PBUs and two QB pressures ... led the ACC in both tackles and tackles per game (9.50) ... became the first Blue Devil to lead the conference in tackles since Michael Tauiliili in 2008 ... nationally, ranked 26th in tackles per game ... posted 7+ tackles in all 14 games, reaching double figures four times against Troy (15), Virginia Tech (19), N.C. State (12) and Texas A&M (11) ... tackle total against the Hokies matched the 16th-highest single-game total in school history as the Blue Devils defeated a nationally-ranked opponent on the road for the first time since a 9-3 triumph at No. 10 Stanford in 1971 ... the 19 stops also marked the second-highest single-game tackle total in the ACC while matching the ninth-highest single-game total nationally for the 2013 season ... led the Blue Devils in tackles in a team-high six contests ... lone sack of the year came in the win at Wake Forest ... averaged 11.25 tackles per game in Duke’s four contests against nationally-ranked opponents ... averaged 11.00 tackles per game in Duke’s four ACC regular season road victories ... averaged 10.40 tackles per contest over the final 10 games of the year ... averaged 9.75 tackles per game in ACC action ... season tackle total marked the 17th-highest single-campaign total in school history ... teamed with Jeremy Cash (121) 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 Cash, provided Duke with one of four defensive trios nationally to post 100+ tackles each, joining Houston, Iowa and Wyoming ... coupled with Cash 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 952 snaps.
2012: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in 13 games with four starts ... starting assignments came against FIU, Memphis, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech ... totaled 55 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two QB pressures ... posted eight games with 5+ tackles including a season-best 10-stop outing against Clemson ... had seven tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss in the win over N.C. Central ... carded six tackles versus both Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech ... averaged 5.25 tackles per game in ACC play ... on the field for 553 snaps.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in nine games with two starting assignments ... did not see action in the Richmond, Boston College and FIU contests ... recorded 25 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks on the year ... received starting nods against Virginia and Georgia Tech ... against the Cavaliers, posted seven stops including one for loss and, one week later, contributed a season-high nine tackles versus the Yellow Jackets ... registered 1.5 quarterback sacks in the Wake Forest contest ... on the field for 229 total plays.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year letterman at Baylor under coach Phil Massey ... charted as the No. 31 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com ... listed as the No. 3 linebacker and the No. 23 overall prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com ... as a senior, totaled 121 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three caused fumbles while captaining Baylor to a 12-2 record and berth in the state championship game ... 2010 Defensive Player of the Year choice by the Chattanooga Times Free Press ... first team all-state (2-AA) selection by Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2010 ... All-Dixie Region choice by SuperPrep ... as a junior, carded 101 tackles, eight tackles for loss and seven caused fumbles and earned all-state honors ... had 95 tackles during sophomore campaign ... also participated in wrestling ... captured the state championship in the 215-pound weight class as a junior ... member of four state championship wrestling teams — dual (2008-09) and individual (2008-10).
PERSONAL: Son of Keith and Mary Helton ... uncle, James Hennen, lettered in football at Army ... uncle, John Hennen, lettered in baseball at Auburn ... born May 28, 1992 ... majoring in psychology.