Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2012: Enters the fall as a starting safety ... versatile back who can play all three safety positions ... brings toughness and a physical presence to the defensive backfield ... has been a key contributor on special teams for the past three seasons ... in 35 career games (8 starts), has 88 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery ... has played 956 career snaps ... enters the 2012 campaign with a streak of eight consecutive games with 3+ tackles ... only player on the Blue Devil roster to record 20+ tackles in each of the past three seasons ... joins Lee Butler as Duke’s active leaders for most career games with 2+ tackles (24) ... has produced 1+ tackles in 31 of 35 career games ... tackle total has increased each season (20-28-40) ... helped the White squad to a 38-24 win in the annual Spring Game by posting three tackles and returning an INT 32 yards for a TD ... led all defensive backs in the bench press (355 lbs.) and 225-pound bench press repetitions (17) while ranking third in the broad jump (10’3”) and tied for third in power clean (280 lbs.) in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... along with punter Alex King, co-recipient of the Bill Keziah Award as Duke’s top special teams performer ... played in 11 games with five starting assignments ... started five of the final six games of the year ... missed the Stanford contest due to injury ... finished sixth on the team with 40 total tackles ... added 2.0 tackles for loss ... led the Blue Devils in special teams tackles with 11 ... posted a career-high seven stops including one for loss against Virginia Tech ... had 4+ tackles in seven of the last eight weeks of the year ... averaged 5.0 tackles per game over the second half of the season ... on the field for 381 total snaps including 293 defensive plays.
2010: Played in all 12 games with two starts ... totaled 28 tackles, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery ... had a career-high six tackles against North Carolina ... had a fumble recovery versus Miami ... on the field for 292 total snaps including 159 defensive plays.
2009: Played in all 12 games with one start ... logged 20 tackles on the year ... posted a season-high four tackles versus Georgia Tech ... blocked one punt in the North Carolina game ... on the field for 283 total snaps including 124 on defense.
2008: Did not see game action.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterman at Bay under Michael Healey ... listed as the No. 137 safety in the nation by Scout.com ... as a senior, rushed for 736 yards and seven TDs while registering 79 tackles and two INTs to earn district MVP, all-district and all-county accolades ... missed the majority of his junior season due to injury ... logged 85 tackles and three INTs as a sophomore en route to garnering all-county and all-district honors ... had 22 tackles and one INT as a freshman as Bay went 10-1 and advanced to the state playoffs ... also participated in track and field ... Florida AAA state champion in the 400-meters (47.20) in 2007 ... set county record in the 200-meters in 2006 (21.65) ... member of Florida AAA state runner-up 4x400 relay team in 2007.
Personal: Son of Aaron and Nora Byas ... father lettered three seasons (1973-74-75) in football at Southern Illinois ... born November 7, 1989 ... double majoring in biological anthropology and anatomy and psychology ... also pursuing a certificate in markets and management studies.