The Duke Blue Devils received some devastating news on Sunday evening.
After suffering an injury over the weekend in a loss to Georgia Tech, Duke has announced leading rusher Jela Duncan is set to miss the remainder of the college football season with a ruptured Achilles.
“Certainly we are all heartbroken for Jela and his family,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement from the university.
“His passion, toughness and level of commitment have been exemplary, and everyone in our program has benefited from his presence. As one of six players to rush for two thousand-plus yards in the history of Duke University, Jela’s play on the field speaks for itself, but what he has meant to our program off the field is also extremely relevant. He’s a special young man who, with our support, I know will attack this next challenge.”
Duncan has rushed for 450 yards and six touchdowns in seven games this season.
The injury also ends the senior running back’s collegiate career, leaving him with 2,025 yards and scoring 18 total touchdowns. He is also one of two Duke players in school history to rush for more than 450 yards in four seasons.
Duncan closes his 43-game career with 2,025 rushing yards & 18 total TDs — 1 of 2 Duke players with 450+ rush yards in 4 seasons.
— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) October 30, 2016
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