Duke Football BIO
47 David Helton
CAREER: Lettered four (2011-12-13-14) seasons … played in 49 career games with 32 starting assignments … registered 347 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 quarterback sacks, 10 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... recipient of the most prolific academic award in college football, the 2014 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy … a first team Capital One Academic All-America and All-District III selection as a senior … four time Academic All-ACC honoree … first team All-ACC honoree as a senior … ended career ranked 10th in program history with 347 tackles … became the 15th Blue Devil to reach the 300-tackle plateau … led the ACC in both tackles and tackles per game in both 2013 & 2014, becoming only the fifth player in league history to repeat as tackle champion, and the first since NFL Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly of Boston College in 2009-10-11 … became the 16th player in program history to have two or more seasons with 100 tackles (133 in 2013 & 134 in 2014) … turned in three career games with 16+ tackles, tied for the fourth most in program history … finished with 11 career games totaling 10+ tackles, including a career-high 19 stops at Virginia Tech in 2013 … the 19 stops are tied for the 16th most in a game in program history … finished with 18 tackles at Pittsburgh in 2014 to tie for the 26th most tackles in a contest … played 2,695 career snaps.
2014: National Football Foundation (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy winner ... NFF Scholar-Athlete and NFF Hampshire Honor Society selection … first team Capital One Academic All-America and All-District III pick ... Jim Tatum Award recipient as the ACC’s top senior scholar-athlete … Academic All-ACC selection ... first team All-ACC choice by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and a second team all-league selection by the ACC coaches … started all 13 games ... recorded 134 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sack, five quarterback pressures, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery ... season tackle total is tied for the 14th-highest single-campaign total in school history ... led the ACC in both tackles and tackles per game (10.31) ... also led the league in tackles and tackles per game in 2013, becoming only the fifth player in league history to repeat as tackle champion, and the first since NFL Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly of Boston College from 2009-10-11 ... nationally, ranked 15th in tackles per game ... posted double-digit tackles in six games, reaching 15+ three times, against Troy (15), Pittsburgh (18) and North Carolina (17) ... tackle total against the Panthers matched the 26th-highest single-game total in school history ... had two games with 16+ stops, tied for the seventh most in program history … recorded 5+ tackles in 12 of the year’s 13 contests … was the only Blue Devil to surpass 85 stops on rushing plays … in ACC contests, finished tied for second in the league with 83 tackles … led the Blue Devils in tackles in a team-high five contests ... lone solo sack of the year came in a week four win against Tulane ... averaged 10.20 tackles per non-conference game ... contributed 11.50 tackles per home ACC contest, in which Duke went 3-1 ... recovered first career fumble against North Carolina … teamed with DeVon Edwards (133) and Jeremy Cash (111) to become just the third trio in Duke history to post 110 or more tackles in the same season, joining Jim Reilly (137), Carl McGee (130) and Hank Rossell (130) in 1976 and Helton (133), Cash (121) and Kelby Brown (114) in 2013 ... with Edwards and Cash in 2014, provided Duke with one of four defensive trios nationally to post 100 or more tackles each, joining Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Illinois ... coupled with Edwards to become the sixth set of Blue Devils to register 120 or more 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, Terrell Smith (140) and Ryan Fowler (136) in 2003 and Cash (121) and Helton (133) in 2013 ... on the field for 961 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 en route to earning 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.