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FB Forecast: S Jake Kite

Continuing the player by player season preview with a look at sophomore safety Jake Kite.

JAKE KITE

Position:

S

Height/Weight:

6-foot-0 / 185 pounds

High School:

Roanoke (VA) / Hidden Valley

Year:

Redshirt Sophomore

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2014 Review

After redshirting in 2013, Kite hit the field and appeared in eight games - primarily on special teams - before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Virginia Tech.  

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2015 Preview

Kite missed most of Spring Practice while continuing to rehab from the torn ACL, but has been fully cleared for the upcoming season.  He’s listed as the third string STRIKE safety in the preseason behind Jeremy Cash and Corbin McCarthy.    

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TDD Projection

Simply put, Jeremy Cash will play as much as possible for meaningful snaps and the rest will likely be gobbled up by McCarthy, leaving Kite’s role to appear sporadically in various situations as a safety and then with the various coverage units where (assuming he’s fully recovered) his ball-hawkish style will likely garner some big hits.  Moving forward, we’d expect him to factor in as a potential future starter later in his career.

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How he ended up in Durham

Kite was the fourth member of the class of 2013 to commit, choosing Duke over offers from Ohio and North Carolina State, as well as interest from Illinois, Stanford, East Carolina, and Pittsburgh.

"Honestly they'd been talking to me a for a while and I was extremely interested in everything they were saying. They have a plan for me and for the program.".  

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Hidden Valley under coach Scott Weaver ...two-time Timesland Defensive Player of the Year pick by the Roanoke Times ... two-time Virginia Region IV Defensive Player of the Year choice ... two-time River Ridge District Defensive Player of the Year honoree ... earned first team all-district and all-region honors as a kick return specialist in 2012 after returning 14 kickoffs for 304 yards and 19 punts for 215 yards … [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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