The Duke Blue Devils’ hopes to repeat as ACC Coastal Division champions took yet another large hit when starting tight end Braxton Deaver went down with a torn ACL. Deaver is the second key starter to be declared out for the season after middle linebacker Kelby Brown suffered the same injury just about a week ago. The third team All-ACC selection was hurt during a practice this morning and the injury was confirmed by an MRI just a short while ago. It was his fourth day back with the team, after missing the first week of summer practices due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
In 2013, Deaver caught 46 passes for 600 yards while being a major vocal point of a potent Blue Devil offense. Still, Deaver was suspended for the beginning of fall practices due to undisclosed reasons and the injury occurred less than two weeks after he started practicing.
Head coach David Cutcliffe will look to junior David Reeves as a replacement for Deaver and will need him, and several others, to step up if the team wants to sustain their success from a season ago.