Duke Now: WR Conner Vernon first Blue Devil in Senior Bowl since 1999

lkeeley@newsobserver.comJanuary 3, 2013 

Duke WR Conner Vernon has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. Here's the full release from the school:

Duke’s Conner Vernon, the ACC’s all-time leader in pass receptions and receiving yardage, has accepted an invitation to play in the 64th annual Senior Bowl. The game is set for 4 p.m. (ET) on January 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be televised live by the NFL Network.

In 48 career games at Duke, Vernon caught 283 passes for 3,749 yards and 21 touchdowns and established ACC records for career pass receptions, career receiving yardage, most consecutive games with at least one pass reception (48), most seasons with 50-plus receptions (4) and most seasons with 70-plus receptions (3). On the NCAA’s career charts, he ranks 23rd for career catches and 24th for career receiving yards.

The Miami, Fla., native posted 85 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior captain in 2012 as the Blue Devils played in a bowl game for the first time since 1994. The 85 catches set a Duke single-season record and matched the fifth-highest single-season total in ACC history. Vernon led a Blue Devil receiving unit that established school records for most catches by two teammates (161 with Jamison Crowder [76]), most catches by three teammates (227 with Crowder & Desmond Scott [66]), most receiving yardage by two teammates (2,148 with Crowder [1,074]) and most receiving yardage by three teammates (2,814 with Crowder & Scott [666]).

In addition, Duke is the only team nationally with three players with 65-plus receptions on the year.

Vernon will become the 21st player from Duke to play in the Senior Bowl and first Blue Devil since Chris Combs participated in the game following the 1999 season.

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