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Week 2's Top 10

The Blue Devils will look to move to 2-0 on the season when they face off against NC Central on Saturday in the new Wallace Wade Stadium. Here's our updated Top 10 list of the most crucial and best performing players for Duke heading into the second game.

1. Jeremy Cash, SENIOR, SAFETY
Last Week: 1

In Week One the Blue Devils got what they expected from their captain.  Cash made plays when he had to and generally quarterbacked the defenve in an overall dominant effort against Tulane. By the end of the night the senior had added five tackles, one pass breakup and a quarterback pressure.  Cash is just 60 tackles shy of becoming the 16th player in Duke history to reach the 300-tackle mark.

2. Devon Edwards, SOPHOMORE, SAFETY false
Last Week: 3

Much like his fellow safety, Edwards had a very strong game against Tulane.  Not only did he register a quarterback sack to go along with three tackles, he also recorded his fourth kickoff return for a touchdown.  His four returns for scores ranks him second in hte country among active players.  

3. Johnell Barnes, JUNIOR, WIDE RECEIVER false
Last Week: 4

Tabbed as the guy who would replace Jamison Crowder in the Duke offense during the preseason, Barnes' seaosn didn't start overly strong as the junior fumbled his first reception of the season.  However, he quickly righted the ship to lead the Blue Devils in catches (11) and receiving yards (109) against the Green Wave.  Both numbers were career highs.

4. Thomas Sirk, JUNIOR, QUARTERBACK false
Last Week: 7

Perhaps the biggest question of the preseason was how well Thomas Sirk would fare as the starting quarterback with demands that hadn't been seen on the junior in his first handful of seasons.  So far, so good as Sirk completed 27 of 40 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 79 yards on 15 carries.  He has thrown 54 consecutive passes without being picked off.   That streak is second only to Thaddeus Lewis' streak of 69 passes in 2006.

Last Week: 5

Wilson was Duke's most explosive playmaker early in 2014.  He was hurt throughout the early portion of camp, but recovered well enough to prove himself, once again, as the program's most explosive back.  He may not be a guy who can grind it out on every down, but he certainly seemed capable and willing to handle teh lion's share of the work, leading the team in carries (15) and yards (68).  Wilson also caught a couple of passes for 18 yards.  

6. Breon Borders, JUNIOR, CORNERBACK false
Last Week: 10

The Duke secondary is going to be picked on early if the front six can't generate a pass rush early on.  That was the narrative coming out of camp.  Well, there was a pass rush generated and the secondary was free to make plays.  Borders was the team leader in tackles, tackles for loss (1.5), and sacks (1.0).  Hard not to move him up after that kind of night.

7. Will Monday, JUNIOR, PUNTER false
Lask Week: 6

Like Martin, Will Monday simply did his job and did it very well.  He was called on to punt the ball four times last week and placed each ball inside the 20 to be downed.  The four downed inside the 20 tied Monday’s career high, set as a freshman October 27, 2012, at Florida State.  In total, Monday's efforts coupled with those of his special teams squad resulted in Tulane gaining just eight total return yards on the night.

8. Zavier Carmichael, SOPHOMORE, LINEBACKER false
Last Week: NR

The new starter provided, arguably, the play of the night with a terrific diving interception in the second half.  In addition, the new starter at middle linebacker showed a new element of speed in the second line of the Duke defense.  Carmichael finished tied for second on the team with weakside linebacker Tinashe Bere with five tackles on the night. 

9. Ross Martin, JUNIOR, KICKER
Last Week:9

As noted with Monday, Ross Martin is part of a duo of specialists who may be the best in the ACC.  He had a very nice opener, scoring 13 points to up his career total to 323 - good enough for 10th on the all-time ACC list.  He's also a career 83 percent converter on field goals.

10. Braxton Deaver, SENIOR, TIGHT END false
Last: 2

After returning to the starting lineup and with so many questions facing the Blue Devil receivers, the thinking was that Deaver would become a primary target of Thomas Sirk.  However, the sixth year senior caught just one pass and was targeted only twice on the night.  

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