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Duke's Jamison Crowder and Jeremy Cash among ACC Player of the Week

Jamison Crowder continues to put up big numbers for Duke. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

For the third time in five weeks, Duke's Jamison Crowder has earned ACC Player of the Week honors. Crowder was joined this week by safety Jeremy Cash, who earned weekly honors for the first time in his career.

Crowder, a junior, was named the league's receiver of the week after catching 7 passes for 149 yards (an average of 21.3 yards per reception) and a touchdown in Duke's 38-31 win against Troy. Six of his seven catches produced Duke first downs. Previously, he was twice named the ACC Specialist of the Week after punt return touchdowns against N.C. Central and Pittsburgh.

Cash, a redshirt sophomore, recorded 14 tackles against the Trojans, including 2.5 tackles for loss, both career-highs. He also reeled in his first career interception on the final play of the game. Cash leads the ACC in both tackles (51) and tackles per game (10.2).

Here's the full release from the ACC. Full disclosure, both Andrew Carter and I are on the panel that votes on the awards.

Duke's Jamison Crowder named ACC Specialist of the Week

For the second time this season, Duke WR Jamison Crowder has been named the ACC Specialist of the Week. His 82-yard punt return touchdown on Pitt's only first-half punt Saturday marked the second time he has taken a punt to the house this year (he opened the season with a 76-yard score against N.C. Central). Crowder is sixth in the nation, and first in the ACC, with a average return of 19.85 yards per punt.

The punt return was one of three touchdowns scored by Crowder in the 58-55 loss to the Panthers, and he became the first Duke players since Scottie Montgomery in 1999 to score via a run, reception and punt return.

Here are the rest of the awards, via the ACC release—lots of Panthers taking home offensive honors, as expected. Andrew Carter and I are among the 11 voters for the weekly recognitions.

Duke's Jamison Crowder among ACC Players of the Week

Thanks in large part to his first-quarter punt return for a touchdown against N.C. Central, Duke's Jamison Crowder was named the ACC Specialist of the Week. Crowder, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound receiver from Monroe, N.C., scored his first career special teams touchdown with the 76-yard return. It's the second time Crowder has received ACC Player of the Week honors—he was the receiver of the week in last year's regular season finale against Miami after recording a 99-yard touchdown reception.

Here are the rest of the awards—guess who is Rookie of the Week—as voted on by a panel of ACC writers, which includes Andrew Carter and myself:

Duke coach Scottie Montgomery putting his stamp on his wide receivers

Scottie Montgomery, shown here in his first coaching stint with Duke, brings a passionate fire to the wide receivers. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

DURHAM—When Scottie Montgomery re-joined Duke’s staff after three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he brought palpable energy and charisma to his introductory press conference in February. By July, he had already begun to make an impact on the recruiting trail, landing four-star quarterback Nico Pierre, a quarterback from Miami.

Now in August, he has put his stamp on his position group, the wide receivers.

Duke football postseason awards

Conner Vernon is one of many Blue Devils to pick up a few postseason awards. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

A one-stop rundown of all the Duke postseason awards:

CB Ross Cockrell—honorable mention All-American (Sports Illustrated), first-team coaches' All-ACC team, first-team coaches' All-ACC team, first team All-ACC

Ross Martin—honorable mention All-American (Sports Illustrated), Freshman All-American (Sporting News, CBSCollegeSports.com), honorable mention coaches All-ACC team, honorable mention All-ACC

QB Sean Renfree—Jim Tatum Award (top senior ACC football senior-athlete),  National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, Pop Warner National College Football Award, AFCA’s Good Works Team, Senior CLASS Award finalist, East West Shrine Game participant

Duke CB Ross Cockrell and P Will Monday earn first-team all-ACC honors

 

Duke punter Will Monday was one of two Blue Devils to receive first-team all-ACC honors. Credit: CHRIS SEWARD

For the first time since 2003, Duke had two players selected for the first-team all-ACC squad. Overall, nine Blue Devils received all-ACC honors

CB Ross Cockrell and P Will Monday both made the first team. Cockrell, a redshirt junior and co-captain, leads the ACC with five interceptions, and he ranks third in total passes defended (17). In 12 games, he has amassed 63 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, and 12 pass breakups. Monday, a redshirt freshman, leads the ACC and ranks 14th nationally in punting average at 44.12 yards per punt. 

Here are two feature stories from earlier in the year, one on Cockrell and the other on Monday

For the third year in a row, Duke WR Conner Vernon was a second-team all-ACC selection. This year, he has caught a team-best (and school single-season record) 75 passes for 955 yards and seven touchdowns. Earlier this season, Vernon became the ACC’s all-time leader in both pass receptions and receiving yardage with 273 catches for 3,630 yards. In 2009, Vernon was on the freshmen all-ACC team. 

Vernon received 51 votes this year—two fewer than Boston College, WR Alex Amidon, who made the first team ahead of him. Amidon has 78 catches for 1,210 yards on the year. 

Duke QB Sean Renfree and WR Jamison Crowder named ACC players of the week

 

Sean Renfree stands deep in his own end zone before finding Jamison Crowder for a 99-yard touchdown pass. That's the longest pass play in ACC history. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

For the first time this year, the ACC offesensive back of the week came from a team that didn't win.

And that player was Duke QB Sean Renfree.

Duke WR Jamison Crowder was also named the ACC recevier of the week. Here's what the conference's release said about both players:

Another career day for Duke WR Jamison Crowder

 

Jamison Crowder had plenty of room to run on his 99-yard touchdown reception, the longest play from scrimmage in Duke history. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

While Duke dropped its regular-season finale to Miami, wide receiver Jamison Crowder continued his breakout year with his best performance to date.

Crowder, a sophomore, caught eight passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns against the Hurricanes. One of those touchdowns was on a 99-yard pass play, as Sean Renfree found Crowder wide open at the 35-yard line, leaving Crowder to run the remaining 64 yards for the score. It was the longest play from scrimmage in Duke football’s 100-year history.

For Crowder, Saturday’s game marked another step in his emotional recovery from the July 4 jet ski accident that left teammate and friend Blair Holliday in a coma. Crowder walked away physically unharmed and took Holliday’s receiver position in Duke’s offense. I wrote about the recovery paths for both Crowder and Holliday for our Thanksgiving paper. Check out the story if you missed it.

Postgame: four observations from Duke at Virginia Tech

 

Although he landed with one foot inbounds Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder was denied this touchdown as the official said he landed out of bounds in the fourth quarter. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

BLACKSBURG, Va.—So take a look at the above picture, folks. That's Jamison Crowder catching a ball in the back on the end zone in the fourth quarter on a thyroid-down pass from Sean Renfree. Now, at this point in the game, the score is 34-20, and, obviously, with a touchdown, Duke would have been down by one obsession with about 9:30 remaining in the game. But, despite the official staring right at Crowder's foot—which is clearly inbounds—he ruled that Crowder was, in fact, out of bounds. The ruling was upheld after a review.

Duke Athletics: The Week That Was

 

Duke's Desmond Scott (33) and Jamison Crowder (3) celebrate Crowder's second-quarter touchdown. Credit: CHRIS SEWARD-cseward@newsobserver.com 

While I was off in Scotland and Ireland, it was quite a busy week back in Durham. A quick rundown of what I missed, just in case you missed something, too:

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