DURHAM, N.C. - There were 10 different Duke football players who received postseason awards on Monday. The 10 players were listed for teams including SI.com honorable mention All-America, College Football News Freshman All-America, Phil Steele All-Freshman team and Phil Steele All-ACC.
Will Snyderwine headlines the list after being named SI.com honorable mention All-America. The junior kicker from Potomac, Md. set school single-season records for field goals (21), consecutive field goals made (18) and field goal percentage (.875) while posting the second-highest single-season point total (95) behind Clarkston Hines' 104-point campaign in 1989. Snyderwine was also named second team All-ACC by Phil Steele.
Three players received honorable mention on the College Football News Freshman All-America team, including Perry Simmons, Ross Cockrell and Kelby Brown. Cockrell (3rd team) and Brown (4th team) were also on Phil Steel's All-Freshman teams along with Dave Harding (3rd team) and Sydney Sarmiento (3rd team).
Redshirt freshman right tackle Perry Simmons started all 12 games and played a total of 832 snaps. He helped Duke rank second in the ACC in passing offense (271.3) and third in fewest sacks allowed per pass attempt (19.6) during the regular season while increasing their rushing average by 46.5 yards per game from the year before. Simmons was also a fourth team All-ACC choice by Phil Steele.
Redshirt freshman Ross Cockrell started all 12 games at cornerback. He ranked among the top 50 in the ACC in tackles per game (5.0) and led the team with three interceptions during the regular season. He was only the second freshman in school history to solely lead the squad in interceptions, the other being Wyatt Smith (1988). Cockrell was tied for seventh in the conference with 10 passes defended through 12 games.
Kelby Brown, a true freshman linebacker from Matthews, N.C., finished the regular season ranked tied for 12th in tackles per game (7.0) and led the ACC with four fumble recoveries. His 0.44 fumble recoveries per game led the NCAA as he set a Duke freshman record for fumble recoveries and had the most since 2002 when Terrell Smith also had four. Despite playing in only nine games with seven starts, his 63 tackles rank eighth most by a freshman in school history.
Redshirt freshman Dave Harding played in all 12 games and started the last four at left guard. He was on the field for 648 total plays while helping the offense average 381.3 points per game to rank eighth in the ACC. He was part of the offensive line that gave redshirt sophomore Sean Renfree enough time to tally five 300-yard passing games. Harding was also a fourth team All-ACC choice by Phil Steele.
Sydney Sarmiento, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle, started in 11 of the 12 games he played in with 609 total snaps. He finished the season with 26 tackles, one tackle for loss, one caused fumble and a blocked kick.
Besides Harding, Simmons and Snyderwine, six others received All-ACC recognition by Phil Steele. Conner Vernon and Abraham Kromah were first team honorees. Snyderwine was the lone second team choice and Matt Daniels was on the third team. Donovan Varner, Cooper Helfet and Kyle Hill all joined Harding and Simmons on the fourth team.
Vernon, a sophomore wide receiver, led the ACC with 6.08 receptions per game while ranking third in yards (81.1) during the regular season. He started all 12 games for the Blue Devils. His 73 receptions were one shy of the school record while his 973 yards are sixth most in a single season at Duke. He finished tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches.
Kromah, a senior linebacker, was the leader of the defense with 129 total tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss in 12 starts. His 10.8 tackles per game ranked second in the ACC. He reached double figures in tackles in eight games with a career-high 20 stops against North Carolina in his final game with the Blue Devils.
Daniels, a junior safety, started all 12 games. He led the team in caused fumbles for the second straight season with three to rank tied for second in the ACC. He was also second on the team with 93 tackles to go with 6.0 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, one interception and two fumble recoveries.
Varner, a junior wide receiver, finished the regular season ranked fourth in the ACC with 5.0 receptions per game and eighth with 61.3 yards per game. He started in 11 of the 12 games and tallied 60 catches for 736 yards and one touchdown.
Helfet, a junior tight end, made his Duke debut in 2010 as a junior college transfer. He became one of the main targets for Renfree late in the season and finished with 34 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns. He led all ACC tight ends in both catches and yards in the regular season.
Hill, a junior left tackle, was a mainstay on Duke's offensive line, starting in all 12 games and playing a team-high 918 snaps. He was a big reason for the upgrades on the offensive line as he has started in all 36 games of his collegiate career at the left tackle position.