College football analyst Phil Steele has released his annual preseason All American and All Conference teams and many Blue Devils were named by the publication.
The Blue Devils were led by safety Jeremy Cash and linebacker Kelby Brown, who were named to Steele’s preseason All American team. Cash, who turned down an opportunity to leave for the NFL and returned for his senior campaign, was named a first team All American. While Brown, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after tearing his ACL before last season began, was named to the second team.
In addition to being named a first team All American, Jeremy Cash also received first team All ACC honors by the publication. Cash is joined on the first team by center Matt Skura. Skura helped lead an offensive line that proved to be one of the best in all of college football. DeVon Edwards was also selected for the first team as a kick returner. Edwards averaged 25.7 yards per return and had one kickoff returned for a touchdown in Duke’s overtime win on the road against Pitt.
Edwards also found himself named to the All ACC second team as a defensive back. Last season he ranked second in the nation for tackles by a DB and forced 5 fumbles. Kelby Brown was also selected to the second team.
Another offensive lineman and a pair of special teamers made the All ACC third team. Senior offensive guard Lucas Patrick looks to have another strong season and will be even more important with the loses of Takoby Cofield and Laken Tomlinson. Senior kicker Ross Martin and senior punter Will Monday rounded out the third team. Martin is the all time leading scorer in Duke Football history with 310 points.
While not all that common, Steele’s publication also fills out a fourth team for its preseason all conference honors. Second year starter, junior offensive tackle Casey Blaser was named to the fourth team.
Duke will help kick off the 2015 college football season on Thursday, September 3rd at Tulane.