DURHAM, N.C. – Highlighted by repeat first team selection Joe Giles-Harris, a total of six Blue Devils garnered All-ACC honors following voting by the league’s head coaches and selected media representatives.
Giles-Harris secured his third all-conference citation at linebacker after earning first team accolades a season ago and an honorable mention selection in 2016. In addition, back Deon Jackson received second team all-league honors while wide receiver T.J. Rahming and tight end Daniel Helm garnered third team recognition. Linebacker Ben Humphreys and safety Dylan Singleton netted honorable mention accolades.
Giles-Harris, a 6-2, 240-pound redshirt junior from Nyack, N.Y., leads the Blue Devils in tackles (81) for the third consecutive season and ranks third in the ACC in tackles per game (9.00). He is the first Duke linebacker with two first team All-ACC selections since Mike Junkin in 1985 and 1986. A team captain for 2018, Giles-Harris was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week following a 15-tackle outing in Duke’s 28-14 victory at Georgia Tech. Earlier this season, he became the 20th Blue Devil to reach 300 career tackles.
Helm, a 6-4, 255-pound redshirt senior from Chatham, Ill., ranks fifth on the team in receptions (22) and fourth in both receiving yards (248) and touchdowns (two). The Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team honoree owns three or more receptions in three games with a year-high four catches for 34 yards at Miami. Helm caught the game-winning touchdown pass at Miami, helping Duke to its first road win versus the Hurricanes since 1976.
Humphreys, a 6-2, 225-pound senior from Newport Beach, Calif., has carded 66 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, three quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries and one caused fumble. The Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist was selected as the ACC Linebacker of the Week after 15-tackle performance in Duke’s 21-7 victory at Northwestern. Humphreys, a team captain for 2018, was also a finalist for the ninth annual Pop Warner National College Football Award.
Jackson, a 6-0, 220-pound sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., set the Duke single-game record for all-purpose yards with 403 at Pittsburgh, becoming just the third ACC player to reach 400 all-purpose yards in a contest. He leads Duke in rushing yards (806) and rushing touchdowns (7) while ranking second in points (54) and fourth in receptions (24). He ranks third in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (124.6) and topped the conference in league games with 157.4 yards a contest.
Rahming, a 5-10, 170-pound senior from Powder Springs, Ga., paces Duke in receptions (63) and receiving yardage (571) on the year. Among active FBS players, he ranks second in career receptions (241) and 12th in receiving yards (2,679). Earlier this season, Rahming became just the fourth Blue Devil to surpass the 200-catch plateau in a career. He was the ACC Wide Receiver of the Week following Duke’s 28-14 victory at Georgia Tech.
Singleton, a 5-11, 190-pound junior from Dacula, Ga., has totaled 73 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. Before suffering a season-ending fractured left ankle against North Carolina, he had totaled four double-digit tackle performances, becoming the first Blue Devil safety with four 10+ tackle games in a season since Jeremy Cash had five in 2015. Singleton was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week following Duke’s 41-27 win at Baylor, where he finished with seven tackles, one PBU, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The Blue Devils will learn their bowl destination on Sunday.