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Laken Tomlinson
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Duke Nets 10 All-ACC Selections in Coach Vote
Thursday 12/11/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was voted 2013 ACC Coach of the Year, and wide receiver Jamison Crowder and offensive guard Laken Tomlinson were named to the All-ACC first team in a vote conducted by the league’s 14 head coaches, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced Wednesday.

Cutcliffe, who was also named the 2013 Walter Camp Foundation National Coach of the Year, repeated as ACC Coach of the Year after leading Duke to a school-record 10 victories, the ACC Coastal Division title, a berth in the ACC Championship game and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. Cutcliffe, now in his sixth year at Duke, is only the seventh coach in league history to receive the award in consecutive seasons, joining Maryland’s Jerry Claiborne (1975-76), Clemson’s Charley Pell (1977-78), Virginia’s George Welsh (1983-84), Duke’s Steve Spurrier (1988-89), Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer (2004-05) and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson (2008-09). 

Crowder was selected to the first team as a wide receiver and punt returner, while Tomlinson was the top vote-getter at offensive guard. Duke placed nine players on the team, including defensive end Kenny Anunike, linebacker Kelby Brown, cornerback Ross Cockrell and safety Jeremy Cash on the second team, and tight end Braxton Deaver, offensive tackle Perry Simmons and punter Will Monday on the third team. Additionally, redshirt freshman safety and kickoff returner DeVon Edwards received one vote as the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The nine selections (10 overall) follow the school-record 11 honorees that Duke placed on the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) All-ACC team on Dec. 3. Representing Duke on both the coaches and ACSMA teams were Anunike, Brown, Cash, Cockrell, Crowder, Deaver, Monday, Simmons and Tomlinson.

Anunike, a 6-5, 260-pound redshirt senior from Galena, Ohio, leads Duke in sacks for the third straight year, totaling 6.0 to go with a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss and 66 tackles, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and one blocked field goal. He has a tackle for loss in nine of 13 games this season, including a season-high 2.5 with 2.0 sacks in the 28-21 win at Wake Forest. Anunike was an All-ACC honorable mention selection in 2012.

Brown, a 6-2, 230-pound native of Matthews, N.C., ranks fourth in the ACC with 8.8 tackles per game, leads Duke with eight quarterback hurries and ranks tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has 9.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions and a pass breakup as the fulcrum of a Duke defense that is holding opponents to 24.7 points per game with 26 forced turnovers.

Cash, a 6-2, 210-pound native of Miami, Fla., is among the top defensive backs in the ACC, ranking second in the ACC with 9.0 tackles per game, tied for fourth with four interceptions and tied for ninth with two forced fumbles. He has a team-leading five games with double-digit tackles, including 13 in Duke’s 27-25 ACC Coastal Division-clinching win at North Carolina. Cash is the only player in the ACC to rank among the top 10 in interceptions and forced fumbles.

Cockrell, a 6-0, 185-pound native of Waxhaw, N.C., received his second straight All-ACC first team nod. This season he has amassed a team-leading 12 pass breakups with three interceptions, 40 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble on the way to breaking Duke’s all-time passes defended and pass breakup records. His third interception of the season came in a 28-21 win at Wake Forest and ended the Demon Deacons’ final drive with Duke leading by one touchdown.

Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Monroe, N.C., broke Duke’s single-season receptions and receiving yardage records, totaling 96 catches for 1,197 yards to go with seven receiving touchdowns. Crowder leads the ACC in receptions and ranks among the league’s top three in receiving yards, all-purpose yards, punt return average and punt return touchdowns. He averages 16.0 yards per punt return with scoring returns of 76 and 82 yards this season. The All-ACC selection is Crowder’s second after receiving honorable mention honors last season.

Deaver, a 6-5, 240-pound redshirt junior from Charlotte, N.C., is among the top three tight ends in the ACC in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, hauling in 40 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns. Twenty-two of his 40 catches have gone for first downs, including four first-down receptions as part of a career-high seven-catch effort in Duke’s win at North Carolina. Deaver has caught multiple passes in every game this season and trails only Jamison Crowder for the team lead in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

Monday, a 6-4, 210-pound redshirt sophomore from of Flowery Branch, Ga., has averaged 42.7 yards per punt with 21 of his 69 punts downed inside the opponent 20-yard line and 14 traveling 50 yards or more. He was an All-ACC first team selection in 2012 and has a hold on Duke’s career record for yards per punt at 43.60.

Simmons, a 6-5, 300-pound redshirt senior from Raleigh, N.C., is among the most successful linemen to play at Duke under head coach David Cutcliffe. Simmons, who earned All-ACC honorable mention honors one year ago, has started an ACC-leading 50 consecutive games while playing over 3,600 snaps during his career without missing a game. This season he has held down the right side of a Duke offensive front that has helped to set Cutcliffe-era bests in yards per rush, rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns with four running backs average 4.8 yards per rush or better. He has helped Duke surrender just 16 sacks in 13 games while fronting for an offense that has amassed more than 20 rushing and passing touchdowns for the first time in program history.

Tomlinson, a 6-3, 220-pound redshirt junior from Chicago, Ill., has been on the field for nearly 900 snaps and anchors an offensive line that has allowed Duke to rush for 173.7 yards per game and pass for 234.4 yards per game. Behind Tomlinson’s protection, Duke has surpassed 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in the same season for the first time in school history while surrendering just 16 sacks in 13 games for the third fewest in the ACC.

2013 ACC Awards
ACC Player of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
ACC Offensive Player of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB Florida State
ACC Defensive Player of the Year – Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt
ACC Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
ACC Coach of the YearDavid Cutcliffe, Duke

2013 ACC Coaches All-ACC Football Team
(Voting points in Parentheses)

First Team
Offense
QB—Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (39)
RB—Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College (39)
RB—Devonte Freeman, Jr., Florida State (28)
WR—Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson (39)
WR—Rashad Greene, Jr., Florida State (31)
WR—Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (31)
TE—Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina (38)
T—Cameron Erving, Jr.-R, Florida State (31)
T—Brandon Thomas, Sr.-R, Clemson (23)
G—Laken Tomlinson, Jr.-R, Duke (26)
G—Tre’ Jackson, Jr., Florida State (23)
C—Bryan Stork, Sr.-R, Florida State (38)

Defense
DE—Vic Beasley, Jr., Clemson (35)
DE—Jeremiah Attaochu, Sr., Georgia Tech (29)
DT—Aaron Donald, Sr., Pitt (35)
DT—Timmy Jernigan, Jr., Florida State (33)
LB—Telvin Smith, Sr., Florida State (37)
LB—Denzel Perryman, Jr., Miami (30)
LB—Kevin Pierre-Louis, Sr., Boston College (28)
CB—Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State (38)
CB—Kyle Fuller, Sr., Virginia Tech (32)
S—Terrance Brooks, Sr., Florida State (33)
S—Anthony Harris, Jr., Virginia (22)

PK—Roberto Aguayo, Fr.-R, Florida State (28)
P—Pat O’Donnell, Sr.-R, Miami (31)
SP—Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (27)

Second Team
Offense
QB—Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)
RB—Duke Johnson, So., Miami (27)
RB—Kevin Parks, Jr., Virginia (18)
WR—Kelvin Benjamin, So.-R, Florida State (22)
WR—Michael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest (20)
WR—Allen Hurns, Sr., Miami (17)
TE—Nick O’Leary. Jr., Florida State (27)
T—Morgan Moses, Sr., Virginia (22)
T (Tie)—Matt Patchan, Sr.-R, Boston College (21)
T (Tie)—James Hurst, Sr., North Carolina (21)
G—Brandon Linder, Sr., Miami (19)
G (Tie)—Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (15)
G (Tie)—Andrew Miller, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (15)
C—Macky MacPherson, Sr., Syracuse (10)

Defense
DE—Kareem Martin, Sr., North Carolina
DE (Tie)—Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (15)
DE (Tie)—Kasim Edebali, Sr.-R, Boston College (15)
DT—Nikita Whitlock, Sr., Wake Forest (30)
DT—Derrick Hopkins, Sr., Virginia Tech (16)
LB—Christian Jones, Sr., Florida State (26)
LB—Jack Tyler, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (25)
LB—Kelby Brown, Jr.-R, Duke (17)
CB—Ross Cockrell, Sr.-R, Duke (21)
CB—Kendall Fuller, Fr., Virginia Tech (18)
S—Jeremy Cash, So.-R, Duke (21)
S—Tre Boston, Sr., North Carolina (21)

PK—Nate Freese, Sr., Boston College (22)
P—A.J. Hughes, So., Virginia Tech (19)
SP—Ryan Switzer, Fr., North Carolina (25)

Third Team
Offense
QB—Stephen Morris, Sr., Miami (11)
RB—Jerome Smith, Jr., Syracuse (13)
RB—Roderick McDowell, Sr.-R, Clemson (13)
WR—Kenny Shaw, Sr., Florida State (16)
WR—Tyler Boyd, Fr., Pitt (16)
WR—Alex Amidon, Sr., Boston College (14)
TE—Braxton Deaver, Jr., Duke (8)
T—Seantrel Henderson, Sr., Miami (15)
T—Perry Simmons, Sr.-R, Duke (11)
G—Tyler Shatley, Sr.-R, Clemson (14)
G—Shaquille Mason, Jr., Georgia Tech (13)
C—Shane McDermott, Jr., Miami (9)

Defense
DE—James Gayle, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)
DE—Mario Edwards Jr., So. Florida State (12)
DT—Luther Maddy, Jr., Virginia Tech (14)
DT—Jay Bromley, Sr., Syracuse (11)
LB—Spencer Shuey, Sr.-R, Clemson (12)
LB—Stephone Anthony, Jr., Clemson (11)
LB—Marquis Spruill, Sr., Syracuse (11)
CB—Bashaud Breeland, Jr.-R, Clemson (11)
CB—Kevin Johnson, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (9)
S—Kyshoen Jarrett, Jr., Virginia Tech (15)
S—Durell Eskridge, So., Syracuse (9)

PK—Chandler Catanzaro, Sr.-R, Clemson (15)
P—Will Monday, So.-R, Duke (14)
SP—Stacy Coley, Fr., Miami (10)

Honorable Mention (8 points or higher)
Offense: RB—David Sims, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (9); WR—Martavis Bryant, Jr., Clemson (13); WR—Devin Street, Pitt (13); Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland (8); C—David Wang, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (8); T—Ian White, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Bobby Hart, Jr., Florida State (8).

Defense: DE--J.R. Collins, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech, (11); Corey Crawford, Jr., Clemson (8);  DT—Grady Jarrett, Jr., Clemson (9); LB—Steele Divitto, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Marcus Whitfield, Sr.-R, Maryland (8); CB—Jabari Price, Sr., North Carolina (8).

Special Teams: PK—Niklas Sade, Jr., NC State (12).

Offensive Player of the Year
Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (12); Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College (2)

Defensive Player of the Year
Aaron Donald, Sr., Pitt (7); Vic Beasley, Jr. Clemson (3); Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (3); Nikita Whitlock, Sr., Wake Forest (1)

Player of the Year
Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (10); Andre Williams, RB, Boston College (4).

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (13), Tyler Boyd, Fr., Pitt (1)

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Kendall Fuller, Fr., Virginia Tech (8); Brandon Facyson, Fr., Virginia Tech (2); Nate Andrews, CB, Fr., Florida State (1); DeVon Edwards, CB, Fr.-R, Duke (1); Jalen Ramsey, S, Fr., Florida State (1); Ryan Janvion, SS, Fr.-R, Wake Forest (1).

Rookie of the Year
Jameis Winston, QB, Fr.-R, Florida State (11); Tyler Boyd, WR, Fr., Pitt (1); Kendall Fuller, CB, Fr., Virginia Tech (1); Ryan Janvion, SS, Fr.-R, Wake Forest  (1).

Coach of the Year
David Cutcliffe, Duke (11); Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (3).

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