Mark Gilbert and Joe Giles-Harris headlined Duke’s All-ACC honorees for the 2017 football season. Seven Blue Devils were honored. The teams were announced Monday by the conference and voted on by the league’s coaches and selected media.
Mark Gilbert was the leading vote getter at cornerback. The sophomore proved to be one of the better pass defenders in the nation, finishing the regular season with six interceptions and 13 pass breakups. Linebacker Giles-Harris led the ACC in tackles for a loss with 15. He also totaled 117 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 pass breakups, and 1 interception. Giles-Harris was named as an All-ACC Honorable Mention last season as a redshirt freshman.
Senior, defensive tackle Mike Ramsay, junior, safety Jeremy McDuffie, and senior, center Austin Davis were name All-ACC Third Team. Ramsay was the unquestioned leader for a defensive line group that played very well for the Blue Devils this season. Ramsay had 9.5 tackles for a loss and a team leading 5.5 sacks in the regular season. McDuffie suffered a season ending knee injury in Duke’s win over Georgia Tech, but had shown enough through the first 10.5 games of the season to earn third team honors. McDuffie had 9 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and 58 tackles this season. Davis was the anchor for Duke’s offensive line. Duke had 19 rushing touchdowns this season.
TJ Rahming and Shaun Wilson were each name All-ACC Honorable Mention. Rahming, a junior wide receiver, had 61 catches for 733 yards, leading the team in both categories. Senior running back Wilson was honored as an all purpose back for his contributions in the running and passing game, as well as on special teams. He ranks second in the ACC with 131.8 all purpose yards per game.