The steady rise of Duke Football in recent years has certainly shined a spotlight on the program. Coach David Cutcliffe and his staff have built a program in Durham, one that is gaining respect on the national stage. With the success on the field and in the classroom many Blue Devils have earned special recognition for their accomplishments.
Head coach David Cutcliffe was recently announced as the American Football Coaches Association FBS Region 1 Coach of the Year. Cutcliffe won the AFCA National Coach of the Year Award in 2013.
As announced last week, linebacker David Helton won the 2014 Jim Tatum Award. On Tuesday, Helton was announced as the recipient of the 2014 William V. Campbell trophy by the National Football Foundation. The award recognizes an individual athlete based on their on the field performance, community involvement, and academic success. Along with the trophy, Helton will receive a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship. David is also a 2014 Academic All-American.
Cutcliffe and Helton aren’t they only Blue Devils being recognized for their success. Several members of this years football team made the all conference teams as voted by the media and coaches.
As voted by ACC coaches, Jamison Crowder made the All-ACC 1st Team as a wide receiver and return specialist. He is joined by right guard Laken Tomlinson. David Helton and safety Jeremy Cash made the 2nd team, and kicker Ross Martin and punter Will Monday made the 3rd team. Quarterback Anthony Boone and center Matt Skura were honorable mentions.
The ACSMA announced their selections last week. Blue Devil selections included Laken Tomlinson, Jamison Crowder (WR & return specialist), and David Helton on the 1st team, Jeremy Cash on the 2nd team, and Matt Skura, left tackle Takoby Cofield, kick returner DeVon Edwards, and kicker Ross Martin on the 3rd team. Will Monday and DeVon Edwards, as a safety, were named as honorable mentions.
The National Football Foundation also honored Duke Athletic Director Kevin White with the John L. Toner Award. The award is given to the athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college sports, specifically football. Dr. White has played a vital role in the resurrection of the Duke Football program. This award is much deserved.
On Thursday, Laken Tomlinson and Jeremy Cash received All-American honors from the Walter Camp Foundation. Tomlinson was place on the 1sty t team and Cash on the 2nd team. This is the first time Duke has had two Walter Camp honorees in the same year. Tomlinson was also announced as a 2nd team All-American by USA Today Sports.
As the football program continues to grow and succeed it is nice to see some of the individual players and coaches receive recognition for their hard work on and off the field.