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DURHAM – Eight Duke football players had 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 had been tabbed to the initial group, wide receiver Jalon Calhoun and security Brandon Johnson had been chosen to the second group although center Jacob Monk, security Stinson, and punter Porter Wilson had been named to the third group. Quarterback Riley Leonard closed out the Blue Devil honorees immediately after garnering fourth group nods.
Barton, a 2022 initial 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, generating 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 initial 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 immediately 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, although 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, a single sack, two interceptions, six pass breakups, a single triggered fumble, two fumble recoveries and a single quarterback hurry. A season ago, he placed third on the group with 74 tackles, although 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 created a initial 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 location him fifth all-time.
Johnson, an honorable mention All-ACC choice, completed final season ranking tied for initial on the group in sacks (five.five), tied for initial 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 initial-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 initial 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 a single 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, solution 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 instances 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 initial 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), although also ranking tied for initial 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 household on Monday, Sept. four when it welcomes Clemson to Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
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