FB Forecast: TE Braxton Deaver

A year after suffering an ACL injury, Duke's most dynamic red zone threat is ready to go in 2015.

Braxton Deaver

Position:
TE

Height/Weight:
6-foot-5 / 245 pounds

High School:
Charlotte (NC) / Providence

Year:
Redshirt Senior

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2014 Review
Slated to be a big part of the Duke passing game a season ago, Deaver missed the entire year with a torn ACL suffered in preseason camp.

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2015 Preview
Now healthy and back to 100 percent, Deaver has regained his starting position and has earned a number of preseason accolades including being named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top tight end. On the eve of the first practice Deaver told TDD that it took him nine months to feel completely healed. With a new quarterback under center, Deaver’s playmaking ability will provide both a great red zone target and a pressure release valve when the defense is closing in on Thomas Sirk.

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TDD Projection
Deaver contemplated entering the NFL Draft a season ago before ultimately deciding to return to Duke for his redshirt senior season. He’s a definite pro prospect with ideal size and athleticism for the position - able to stretch the field or help in the blocking game. We look for Deaver to rank in the top two for receptions and touchdowns amongst receivers before joining Jeremy Cash in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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How he ended up in Durham
Deaver, who was the 12th commitment from the class of 2010, chose Duke over offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and Marshall. He was also receiving interest from other in-state programs such as North Carolina and NC State.

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High School Highlights
Lettered three seasons at Providence High School under coach Randy Long…helped team to three-year record of 23-18 with three state playoff appearances ... as a senior, earned first team all-state honors from both the Associated Press and NCPreps.com after catching 72 passes for 1,002 yards and 13 TDs ... received all-conference and all-county accolades in 2009 ... had 46 receptions for 752 yards and 10 TDs as a junior and 58 catches for 800 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]

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