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FB Forecast: WR Anthony Nash

Fourth year wide receiver Anthony Nash is the latest player to be previewed in our player by player position of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils.

Anthony Nash

Position:

WR

Height/Weight:

6-foot-5 / 200 pounds

High School:

West Chester (PA) / Bayard Rustin

Year:

Redshirt Junior

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2014 Review

A reserve wide receiver, Nash appeared in nine of the 13 games and caught two passes for 16 yards.  The entirety of his statistical production occurred in the season opener against Elon.

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2015 Preview

In his fourth year in the program, Nash has moved up to the second string position at wide receiver behind true freshman Chris Taylor.  At 6-foot-5 and with good speed, Nash is a potential red-zone and long ball target for new signal caller Thomas Sirk.  Assuming he can find his way onto the field for meaningful series.       

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TDD Projection

When he committed to Duke, Nash oozed potential as a big receiver with speed and length.  More than three years later, he’s had trouble finding his way into the offense in any meaningful way.  He’s played in 16 contests and caught five passes for 47 yards - mostly in mop up time.  With the parade of talented prospects coming into the program on yearly basis at wide receiver, you wonder if this isn’t the final season for Nash as a fourth year junior.

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How he ended up in Durham

Nash picked Duke shortly after making the trip to the above mentioned camp. Duke was among the first BCS schools to extend and offer and Nash eventually returned that loyalty with a pledge.

"I was sitting down today and talking to my mom and coach about college," said Nash. "I was pretty much down to Duke, Purdue, and North Carolina. I had visited UNC last weekend. It went well, but I didn't have the same feeling I had with Duke so that pretty much did it."

Both the Blue Devils and Boilermakers had offered a scholarship, and the Tar Heels were apparently going to follow suit.

"They told me they wanted to wait a little bit because they just found out about me. This is actually going to be my second year playing football so teams are just learning about me, but I just had a better feeling when it came to Duke."  

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High School Highlights

Two-year letterman at Bayard Rustin under coach Mike St. Clair ... helped Bayard Rustin to a two-year record of 20-4 including an 11-2 mark in 2010 that included an appearance in the Pennsylvania District 1-AAAA semifinals ... also helped Bayard Rustin to consecutive Ches-Mont League American Division championships in 2010 and 2011 with a perfect two-year conference record of 12-0 ... as a senior, caught 31 passes for 533 yards and seven TDs ... two-time all-conference selection. [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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