Duke Football BIO
6 Ross Cockrell
2012: Honorable mention All-America selection by Sports Illustrated ... first team All-ACC pick by both the media and coaches ... Willis Aldridge Award recipient as Duke’s most outstanding defensive back ... first team Capital One Academic All-District III choice ... Academic All-ACC selection ... ACC Defensive Back of the Week honoree after posting six tackles, two INTs and two PBUs in Duke’s 54-17 win over N.C. Central ... team captain ... started all 13 games ... carded 71 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, five INTs, 13 PBUs and one caused fumble ... scored 12 total points on two TDs ... registered a school-record 75-yard blocked field goal return for a TD against FIU and had a 32-yard INT return for a score versus N.C. Central ... led Duke in INTs, PBUs and total passes defended ... the 18 total passes defended matched the second-highest single-season total in Duke history while the 13 PBUs matched the fourth-highest single-season total in school history ... finished third on the team in tackles ... in the ACC, ranked tied for first in INTs per game (0.38), third in passes defended per game (1.38) and 41st in tackles per game (5.46) ... became the first Blue Devil to lead the league in INTs per game since John Talley in 2006 ... nationally, ranked tied for 12th in passes defended per game and tied for 17th in INTs per game ... logged 4+ tackles in all 13 contests including a season-high eight in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati ... INTs came against Stanford, N.C. Central (2), Virginia & Clemson ... on the field for 996 total snaps.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, a team honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... played in and started 11 games ... missed the Tulane game due to injury ... carded 56 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, nine PBUs and one INT ... ranked fourth on the team in total tackles and second in PBUs ... in the ACC, ranked seventh in total passes defended per game (0.91) and 34th in tackles per game (5.1) ... ranked 68th nationally in passes defended per contest ... closed the season on a high note with a career-high matching 10 tackles and one INT at North Carolina ... had nine stops in Duke’s win at Boston College ... posted seven tackles against both FIU and Virginia Tech ... logged multiple PBUs versus both Richmond (3) and Georgia Tech (2) ... on the field for 735 total snaps.
2010: Freshman All-America selection by Phil Steele (3rd team) and College Football News (HM) ... Academic All-ACC choice ... started all 12 games ... finished sixth on the team with 60 tackles ... led the squad with three INTs and finished second with seven PBUs ... became just the second Duke freshman to lead the team in INTs by himself, joining Wyatt Smith (1988) ... matched school single-season record for INTs by a freshman (Wyatt Smith, 3, 1988) ... matched school single-game record for INTs by a freshman (John Talley, 2 vs. Clemson, 2007) ... ranked tied for eighth in the ACC in total passes defended (10) ... passes defended total ranked second among league rookies ... the 60 tackles rank as the ninth-highest single-season total by a rookie in Duke history ... posted a season-high 10 tackles at Wake Forest ... on the field for 826 total snaps.
2009: Did not see game action.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Two-year letterman under Larry McNulty at Charlotte Latin ... charted as the 74th-top cornerback in the nation by Scout.com ... listed as the 76th-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com ... in senior season, had 29 receptions for 459 yards and 11 TDs while posting 34 tackles and three INTs as Latin went 9-3 and reached the state championship game ... helped Latin to a 13-0 record and state title as a junior by catching 41 passes for 806 yards and seven TDs and compiling 38 tackles and nine INTs with four defensive TDs ... scored six defensive TDs during prep career ... two-time all-conference and all-state selection ... also lettered in basketball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Son of Serena and Keith Cockrell ... father played football at Columbia University ... born August 6, 1991 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2013 with a degree in political science while also earning a certificate in markets and management studies ... currently pursuing a graduate degree in political science.