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Eight Named to Athlon Sports 2023 Preseason All-ACC Group


May 26, 2023

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DURHAM – Eight Duke football players have been chosen to the Athlon Sports 2023 preseason All-ACC group, the organization announced.

Offensive lineman Graham Barton, defensive lineman DeWayne Carter and kickoff return specialist Jaylen Stinson have been tabbed to the initially group, wide receiver Jalon Calhoun and security Brandon Johnson have been chosen to the second group whilst center Jacob Monk, security Stinson, and punter Porter Wilson have been named to the third group. Quarterback Riley Leonard closed out the Blue Devil honorees just after garnering fourth group nods.
Barton, a 2022 initially group All-ACC choice, blocked for a Blue Devil offense that accumulated two,394 rushing and three,010 pass­ing yards final season. The Brentwood, Tenn., native has played in 31 profession games along the offensive line, producing 30 begins. In 2022, Barton helped Duke register 31 rushing touchdowns, which set the program’s single season record. He anchored an offensive line unit that ranked initially in the ACC in sacks permitted (17) and tackles for loss permitted (51). At the conclusion of the season, he held a Pro Football Focus grade of 88.two, which ranked fifth nationally amongst offensive tackles.
Carter, a 3-time group captain, has registered 86 tackles, 21.five tackles for loss, 11. sacks, seven triggered fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 11 quarterback pressures and seven pass breakups in 39 profession games. The Pickerington, Ohio, native was named a second group All-ACC section a year ago just after finishing tied for third and tied for 13th nationally in fumble recoveries and forced fumbles, respectively.
Stinson, an Opelika, Ala., native completed third in the ACC final season with 15 kick returns, whilst his 380 kick return yards placed him tied for second. All through his Blue Devil profession, Stinson has recorded 66 returns for 1,553 yards with two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, the security has compiled 130 tackles, two.five tackles for loss, 1 sack, two interceptions, six pass breakups, 1 triggered fumble, two fumble recoveries and 1 quarterback hurry. A season ago, he placed third on the group with 74 tackles, whilst adding 1.five tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Calhoun, a 2022 third group All-ACC choice, hauled in 62 passes for 873 yards with 4 touchdowns final season to lead the Blue Devils. Of his 62 receptions, 37 made a initially down and 20 covered 20-plus yards. In 2022, the Greenville, S.C., native became the 11th player in plan history to eclipse two,000 profession getting yards with two,360, ranking him ninth all-time in Duke history. In addition, his 203 profession receptions spot him fifth all-time.
Johnson, an honorable mention All-ACC choice, completed final season ranking tied for initially on the group in sacks (five.five), tied for initially in pass breakups (seven), tied for second in interceptions (two), and third in tackles for loss (7.five). The Newton, N.C., native returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2022 for his initially-profession score. Johnson owns 72 profession tackles, 7.five tackles for loss, five.five sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, two triggered fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 4 quarterback hurries in 24 profession games.
Monk, a 5-year starter along the offensive line, has played three,051 profession snaps all through 46 profession games. Final season the honorable mention All-ACC choice helped Duke register 31 rushing touchdowns, which set the program’s single-season record. He anchored an offensive line unit that ranked initially in the ACC in sacks permitted (17) and tackles for loss permitted (51). 

Wilson, a 2022 honorable mention All-ACC recipient, registered 46 total punts on the year for 1,984 yards for an typical of 43.13 yards per punt. He was 1 of 5 punters in the ACC with more than 1,800 punting yards and 13-plus kicks inside the 20 with ten-plus boots of 50-plus yards. The Fairlawn, Ohio, item has booted 160 profession punts for six,992 yards with 41 of these getting 50-plus yards.

Leonard has completed 287-of-454 pass attempts (.632) for three,348 yards with 21 touchdowns against seven interceptions and has rushed 171 occasions for 872 yards (five.09) with 15 touchdowns in 20 profession games. He was tabbed an honorable mention All-ACC choice and the Military Bowl MVP throughout his initially year as Duke’s starter a season ago. The Fairhope, Ala., native set college single-season records for touchdowns accountable with 33 and pass completion-to-interception ratio (41.67), whilst also ranking tied for initially in wins by a beginning quarterback, second in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, tied for third in rushing touchdowns, and fourth in rushing yards by quarterback. In addition, he completed with the sixth-highest pass completion percentage and seventh-most passing yards in a single season.

Duke is set to kick off the 2023 season at residence on Monday, Sept. four when it welcomes Clemson to Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2023 campaign are now obtainable by visiting GoDuke.com/footballtix.


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