Duke Football BIO
5 Raphael Chestnut
Career: Graduated from Duke in May, 2009 with a degree in biological anthropology and anatomy with a minor in history ... four-year letterwinner ...played in 36 career games with nine starts ... hauled in 72 career receptions for 760 yards and three touchdowns.
2008: Established wide receiver with good quickness ... slated to play a key role in Duke’s offense ... missed spring practice recovering from a torn right ACL suffered at Miami on September 29, 2007 ... listed first on the depth chart at the No. 2 wide receiver spot heading into the fall ... in 26 career games, has 53 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns.
2007: Played in the first five games with four starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Miami ... tallied 12 receptions for 188 yards on the season ... caught two or more passes in all five games ... had three catches for 51 yards at Northwestern and three grabs for 49 yards at Navy ... caught two passes for 37 yards prior to his injury against Miami ... five of his 12 catches on the season went for 20 or more yards ... averaged 15.7 yards per catch for the year ... on the gridiron for 246 snaps with 208 on offense and 38 on special teams ... played over 50 plays in three of his five games with a season-high 64 against Connecticut.
2006: Played in all 12 games, earning three starts versus Virginia, Navy and Boston College ... finished second on the team with 39 receptions for 375 yards and two touchdowns ... teamed with Eron Riley and Jomar Wright to become the first set of Duke wide receivers to each have 30 or more catches in a season ... the trio combined for 111 receptions for 1,579 yards and seven touchdowns on the year ... set career single-game highs of eight catches and 81 yards at Georgia Tech ... posted seven receptions for 73 yards in the season-opener against Richmond and registered a five-catch, 46-yard outing at Boston College ... logged four or more catches in six contests ... had 15 receptions for 140 yards over the final three weeks of the season ... touchdowns came versus Miami and North Carolina ... hauled in an 11-yard scoring strike from Thaddeus Lewis against the Hurricanes and a six-yard toss from Clifford Harris versus the Tar Heels ... caught at least one pass in 10-of-12 games.
2005: Played in nine games ... did not play against East Carolina and Virginia Tech ... caught two passes for 12 yards ... first career catch came against Wake Forest and covered seven yards ... one of 12 true freshmen to earn a varsity letter.
Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Reidsville under Jimmy Teague ... helped team to back-to-back state championships in 2002 and 2003 along with a state playoff semifinal appearance in 2004 ... Reidsville produced a record of 42-5 in his three seasons .. two-time all-conference pick ... as a senior, caught 70 passes for 1,209 yards and 13 touchdowns while returning 19 punts for 498 yards and three scores ... finished career with 115 pass receptions for 2,054 yards and 24 TDs ... all-conference choice in basketball and track and field ... helped Reidsville to 2003 state basketball title ... member of state champion 4x400 relay team.
Personal: Son of Michael and Turnette Chestnut ... born November 7, 1986.