Cutcliffe Announces Several Roster Updates

It’s been a painful week for the Duke Football program. A day after announcing the career ending injury to senior linebacker Kelby Brown, head coach David Cutcliffe delivered similar news for a pair of linemen.

On Monday head coach David Cutliffe announced that senior Kelby Brown’s career had come to an end after a fourth (yes, you read that correctly) torn ACL.

The bad injury news continued on Wednesday as Cutcliffe released a statement announcing that efensive lineman Michael Mann and offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder would both serve as student coaches this year after suffering career-ending injuries to their upper bodies.

Mann, a former two star defensive end out of Colorado’s Valor Christian High School, appeared in seven games over his three year career at Duke as a reserve defensive lineman. In those appearances he logged four tackles.

Meanwhile, Schroeder was a three star offensive tackle who redshirted last season after picking Duke over offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, and Washington State. He was projected to play offensive tackle over the next four years.

With three players being lost to injury in the last 72 hours, there’s now some extra room on the scholarship chart. Enter former gray shirt candidate Daniel Jones, who was slated to receive a scholarship in January, but will now be awarded a full scholarship immediately.

Jones committed early in the recruiting process to Princeton, but ended up backing out of that commitment and fielding interest from schools such as North Carolina, Boston College, and Wake Forest.

He is coming off a strong senior campaign at Latin where he earned Quarterback of the Year honors in the talent rich Charlotte area. For the season he threw for more than 2300 yards in leading Latin to the state championship game where the Hawks fell to 2016 Duke commit Elijah Deveaux and Charlotte Christian.

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