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College notebook: Duke football, UNC volleyball players honored

Duke redshirt senior offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson and redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash received All-America accolades from Phil Steele Magazine, according to an announcement by the publication Thursday. Cash was placed on the second team while Tomlinson earned third team honors.

The Phil Steele recognition is Cash’s third All-America citation this year, joining second team honors from the Walter Camp Foundationand Football Writers Association of America . Tomlinson becomes the seventh player in Duke history to be named to six or more All-America teams. He was a first team selection by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation and a second team honoree by USA Today, Athlon Sports and Sporting News.

The nine overall All-America selections for Duke are the most since earning 11 in 1963.

Volleyball

North Carolina: Chaniel Nelson has been selected as a 2014 Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American for her outstanding career, on and off the court, at Carolina.

Nelson, a redshirt senior opposite hitter, led the Tar Heels with a .300 hitting percentage and was named an AVCA Second-Team All-American for her senior season.

• Eve Rackham was named the AVCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year.



Rackham, a native of Sebastopol, Calif., just finished her sixth season as a coach at UNC, compiling an overall record of 143-48 and five NCAA appearances during her time on staff. During the 2014 season, Rackham was an integral part of a coaching staff that led the Tar Heels to a 29-3 record, a No. 7 AVCA Coaches Poll ranking, a No. 5 NCAA RPI ranking, an ACC Championship and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals.

Track

Saint Augustine’s: Sophomore sensation Shakinah Brooks was named CIAA Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week late Wednesday for her performance at the JDL College Kickoff Classic indoor track & field meet in Winston-Salem on Dec. 6.

Brooks leaped 19 feet, 6 inches to win the women’s long jump event at the meet held at the JDL Fast Track. With her jump, Brooks reached the provisional qualifying mark for the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. It is the third-longest jump nationally in Division II this season.

Brooks is coming off a stellar freshman season. She earned All-America long jump honors in the indoor and outdoor seasons and is a CIAA outdoor champion in the event. A criminal justice major, Brooks placed third in the NCAA Indoor Championships and sixth in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump in 2014.

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