Duke Blue Devils redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown tore his ACL last week and will miss the entire 2015 season. The injury puts an end to his college career. GoDuke.com reported the development.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe offered a statement on Brown’s injury.
“It’s difficult to put into words the feeling of heartbreak I have for Kelby and his family,” Duke head coachDavid Cutcliffe said. “While we will certainly miss his athletic abilities and leadership as one of the best linebackers to play at Duke, what is most important above all else is Kelby’s health. He is a truly special young man who is destined to accomplish great things in his life. Kelby’s strengths lie in his core values, and I know that despite this setback, he will continue to play an integral part of our program’s success both on and off the field.”
Brown also missed all of last season with an ACL injury, and this is his fourth knee surgery since arriving at Duke in 2010. He also missed 2012 recovering from a knee operation.
However, despite missing so much time, Brown managed to accumulate some decent numbers with the Blue Devils, amassing 242 tackles (23.5 for a loss), four sacks, two interceptions, six fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in just 32 games. Though he’ll serve as a student assistant this year, one can’t help but think that he will try and come back as a player in the months leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.
But that still doesn’t take away from the fact that for the 2015 season, Duke football will be without a phenomenal leader on the defensive side.
Duke opens 2015, its eighth under Cutcliffe, on the road against the AAC’s Tulane Green Wave on September 3.
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