FB Forecast: CB Breon Borders

As we continued our player by player preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devil football program, we look at one of the team's starting cornerbacks is poised to play a key role for Duke this year.

Breon Borders

Position:
CB

Height/Weight:
6-foot-0 / 170 pounds

High School:
Statesville (NC) / Statesville

Year:
Junior

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2014 Review
After playing in all 14 games as a true freshman in 2013, Borders built on his early success by grabbing a starting position during camp and holding on to it for all 13 games in 2014. During that time he recorded a team high three interceptions. It was the second time in as many seasons in Durham that he led the Blue Devils in INTs - just the fourth player in program history to do so.

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  2015 Preview
Borders has a death grip on the starting cornerback position and for good reason. He’s appeared in 27 games, and started 13 of them. He’s recorded seven interceptions in those appearances, and should be on the field throughout most of the season after playing nearly 1,060 snaps a year ago. He’ll be backed up by Zach Muñiz.

*****

TDD Projection
Depending on how the defensive line and linebackers perform, opponents may not throw as much on Duke this season. The flip side of that argument is that the Blue Devils won’t have any hesitation to put Borders on an island while trying to drum up extra pressure against the run with blitzes to generate stops and pressure.

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  How he ended up in Durham
  Somewhat of a sleeper prospect out of high school, Borders picked Duke over an offer from Georgia State and interest from Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

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High School Highlights
Three-year letterman at Statesville under coach Randall Gusler ... helped Statesville to a three-year record of 28-12 with three state playoff berths including a 13-2 ledger and state 3A semifinal appearance in 201…during junior campaign, registered 48 tackles, five interceptions and six pass breakups ... finished career with 15 interceptions and 25 pass breakups ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... led Statesville to the 2013 3A state championship basketball game, and had 26 points and nine rebounds in a 73-70 overtime loss to Oxford Webb [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]

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