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FB Forecast: DT Carlos Wray

Our player by player preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils continues with a look at starting defensive tackle Carlos Wray - the lone returning starter up front.

Carlos Wray

Position:

DT

Height/Weight:

6-foot-2 / 290 pounds

High School:

Shelby (NC) / Shelby

Year:

Senior

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2014 Review

Wray started all 13 games for Duke in 2014, appearing for nearly 700 snaps (698) and recording 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks.  

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2015 Preview

He returns as the starter at defensive tackle - the only returning starter on the defensive line.  This year, however, Wray has a bit more depth behind him which should help with preventative maintenance and staying healthy.  He begins camp alongside A.J. Wolf, Kyler Brown, and Britton Grier.  

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TDD Projection

Wray has the experience, strength, and athleticism to factor in and, more importantly, log a high number of productive snaps for the Blue Devils.  We expect him to be the every down starter and option at defensive tackle for Duke throughout the season.  He’ll sub out in various situations in favor of different players, but ultimately the job is and will remain his.

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How he ended up in Durham

ray committed to Duke in June of 2011 and remained solid to the Blue Devils despite continued recruitment and offers from schools such as Minnesota, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and Kentucky. 

Auburn also got in late and invited him for a visit, which Wray declined.

"We're projected Carlos to come in and be on the interior of the defensive line. He's continued to add some good weight and is very explosive. When I saw him on tape, I thought 'This kid is a play-maker'. That's exactly what we need on the inside of the defensive line. We need more and more big time players at that position, and we feel Carlos gives us that." - Rick Petri

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Shelby under coaches Chris Norman and Lance Ware ... helped Shelby to four-year record of 38-18 with four state play-off appearances including consecutive berths in the state 2-AA semifinals in both 2010 and 2011 ... first team 2A all-state pick by NCPreps.com following senior season ... three-time All-Cleveland County pick (2009-10-11) by the Shelby Star ... four-time All-South Mountain Athletic Conference selection ... as a senior, posted 91 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and five caused fumbles ... in junior season, logged 78 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks ...  [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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