College notebook: 2 from Duke candidates for Nagurski award; UNC, NCSU swimmers honored

From News ReleasesJuly 10, 2014 

— Duke senior linebacker Kelby Brown and junior safety Jeremy Cash were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list, which goes to the nation’s top defensive player.

Brown ranked second in the ACC with 8.8 tackles per game last season, while Cash was fourth with 8.6.

Brown was an All-ACC first team selection by the league’s media and second-team pick by the coaches.

Cash earned All-America second team honors from USA Today in 2013.

• Senior offensive guard Laken Tomlinson was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list as one of the nation’s top interior linemen.

Tomlinson was an All-ACC first-team pick by the league’s coaches in 2013 and has started 39 consecutive games and has played 3,032 career snaps, the second-most among active offensive linemen in the country.

Swimming

The N.C. State and North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have been named to the Scholar All-Americans team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The award is given to programs that have achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Tennis

Five Duke players were named 2014 All-Academic Scholar-Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The players were: seniors Raphael Hemmeler and Jason Tahir, juniors Josh Levine and Daniel McCall, and sophomore TJ Pura represented Duke on the list of All-Academic Scholar-Athletes. In addition, the Blue Devil squad was honored as a team for compiling a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above.

• N.C. State’s Sean Weber was also named a Scholar Athlete by the ITA, as were Joelle Kissell, Elisha Hande and Taylor Zaytoun of the women’s team.

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