Duke’s Crowder Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

July 17, 2013 

Duke: Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder was named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Pre-season Watch List, announced Tuesday by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc.

Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound wide receiver from Monroe, N.C., posted totals of 76 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 while starting all 13 games for the Blue Devils. He ranked among the top five in the ACC in receptions per game (5.8), receiving yards per game (82.6) and receiving touchdowns.

Crowder is one of 75 players on the Billetnikoff Award Watch List and one of nine from the ACC. He is the fifth Duke player this season to appear on a major college football award watch list, joining Ross Cockrell (Nagurski Trophy, Thorpe Award), Ross Martin (Groza Award), Will Monday (Ray Guy Award) and Laken Tomlinson (Outland Trophy).

Men’s soccer

N.C. State: N.C. State’s Alex Martinez earned a spot on the College Soccer News preseason All-American second team, announced Tuesday by the web site.

Martinez led the ACC in assists, finished second in points, and third in goals during the 2012 season, his first at NC State after transferring from High Point.

The rising senior finished with 32 points on 11 goals and 10 assists to become the first Wolfpack soccer player since Henry Gutierrez in 1991 to notch double-digit goals and assists in a single season.

Women’s golf

Duke: After carding a two-under-par, 70, in the pre-qualifying stage of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, Duke senior Laetitia Beck was one of 26 golfers who advanced to final qualifying, which will take place on Monday, July 29 at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland.

Beck, who is a product of Caesarea, Israel, turned in a 70 on Monday and was only four strokes off medalist Tamara Johns, who carded a six-under-par, 66, at The Berkshire Golf Club in the United Kingdom.

A 2013 All-America at Duke, Beck has only played in one career LPGA event as she competed in the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open and finished tied for 70th. The Ricoh Women’s British Open will be played Aug. 1-4 at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Swimming

Duke: Former Duke swimmer and All-American Ashley Twichell is set to begin competition at the 2013 World University Games Wednesday, July 17 in Kazan, Russia. She will represent the United States in the women’s open water 10K event at 9:15 a.m. local time.

A 2011 graduate of Duke, Twichell earned a spot on the U.S. open water roster for the World University Games after finishing fifth in the women’s 10K open water race at the 2013 Open Water National Championships in May.

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