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Duke Football Recognizes 2022 Award Recipients

15 January 2023, Sunday
Riley Leonard, a sophomore quarterback, was honored with the Carmen Falcone Team Most Valuable Player Award at the Duke Football Awards event on Saturday night. Mike Elko, the head coach of the Blue Devils football program, presented the award to Leonard.

Daniel Jones, a 6-4, 212-pound native of Fairhope, Ala., was recognized by the Blue Devils for his impressive achievements this season. Jones completed 250-of-392 passes (.638) for 2,967 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing with 699 yards on 124 carries and 13 scores. His performance made him one of only two quarterbacks nationally to register 20-plus passing and 13-plus rushing touchdowns the year, a historical first for Duke. Jones earned Honorable Mention All-ACC selection and was honored as the Military Bowl MVP. His notable games included three 300-plus yard passing performances, including a career-high 391 yards and four touchdowns against Wake Forest, as well as a career-best 130 rushing yards and one touchdown against North Carolina. Jones ultimately set the school's record for touchdowns responsible for with 33, while also ranking tied for second in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and fourth in rushing yards by a quarterback.

The Blue Devils also celebrated 30 departing seniors and 66 letterwinners during the show.

Vincent Anthony Jr. earned the Rookie of the Year Award while Graham Barton was honored with the Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. Jack Burns received the K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award and Jalon Calhoun the Offensive Skill Player of the Year Award. DeWayne Carter was presented with the Defensive Lineman of the Year Award and the Steve Brooks Captain Award. The Ace Parker Award went to Ja'Mion Franklin, the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award to Jeremiah Hasley, and Shaka Heyward the Defensive MVP Award as well as the Steve Brooks Captain Award. Brandon Johnson was presented the Cutcliffe Family Award, Darius Joiner the Defensive Skill Player of the Year Award, Nick Lampert the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award, Jacob Monk the Steve Brooks Captain Award, Jordan Moore the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award, Joshua Pickett the Mike Suglia Award, Chandler Rivers the Rookie of the Year Award, Ryan Smith the Special Teams Player of the Year Award, and Wesley Williams the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award. Additionally, Chazz Surratt was named the Offensive MVP Award.

Anthony, a freshman defensive end from Durham, was honored with the rookie of the year award. He appeared in 12-of-13 games for the Blue Devils, totaling 28 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two pass breakups, three quarterback pressures, and one fumble recovery. Under his leadership, Duke reached fourth place in the ACC in rushing defense, restricting opponents to only 121.08 yards on average, as well as holding five-of-12 foes to less than 100 yards rushing with an average of 3.73 yards per carry and eight rushing scores.

Barton, a junior offensive tackle from Brentwood, Tenn., was given the offensive lineman of the year award. He participated in all 13 games for the Blue Devils at left tackle, aiding the offense in accumulating 2,394 rushing and 3,010 passing yards. The First Team All-ACC honoree also assisted Duke in setting a program record for single season rushing touchdowns, with a total of 31. Barton was the foundation of an offensive line unit that had ACC-leading figures in sacks allowed (17) and tackles for loss allowed (51). At the end of the season, he was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American by Phil Steele.

Duke's T.J. Calhoun was named the 2021 ACC Offensive Skill Player of the Year. After receiving three All-ACC postseason honors, including a third team selection as wide receiver and return specialist and an honorable mention as an all-purpose player, the junior from Greenville, S.C. was recognized for his impressive season. Calhoun led the team with 62 receptions for 873 yards and four touchdowns, making him the 11th player in program history to pass 2,000 career receiving yards. He currently ranks ninth in Duke's all-time records with 2,360 yards.

Carter, a redshirt junior defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio, was awarded the defensive lineman of the year and the Steve Brooks Captain Award this season. The All-ACC Second Team selection had 36 tackles and a team-high 11.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. His three fumble recoveries were tied for the best in the ACC and third nationally, while his three forced fumbles placed him fourth in the conference and 13th in the nation. College Football Network named him to their Third Team All-American at the end of the year.

Franklin, a redshirt senior defensive tackle from Ridgely, Md., was the recipient of the Ace Parker Award, which is presented yearly to someone who has gone through adversity and still contributed. Parker, one of 12 former Duke players and coaches to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, was a two-time All-America selection in 1935 and 1936. Following his NFL tenure, he was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. During this season, Franklin accumulated 26 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, five pass breakups, two quarterback pressures, and one fumble recovery, all in his first full season as a starter.

Redshirt senior linebacker Koby Heyward of Dacula, Ga., was the recipient of the defensive MVP award, as well as the Steve Brooks Captain Award, at Duke University. Heyward was also bestowed with Honorable Mention All-ACC honors. The impressive defender led the team with two interceptions, and finished second in tackles (93), pass breakups (six) and fumble recoveries (two). Heyward's noteworthy Duke career includes being tied for eighth in program history in career fumble recoveries, twelfth in career tackles for loss (32.5), thirteenth in career tackles (339), and tied for fourteenth in career sacks (11.5).

Jalen Joiner, a graduate student from Roanoke, Alabama, was awarded the Defensive Skill Player of the Year Award. He started all 13 games of his first season playing at Duke, leading the team in tackles (97) and tying for first in interceptions (2). He was also second in tackles for loss (8.0) and fourth in sacks (4.0) and quarterback pressures (5), adding five pass breakups and one forced fumble. At the end of the season, Pro Football Focus graded him an 88.7, which ranked fourth among safeties across the nation.

Sophomore wide receiver Sydel Lampert, from Miami, Fla., was bestowed the offensive scout team player of the year award. Lampert played in two games during his second year at Durham, hauling in one pass for seven yards.

Monk was awarded the Steve Brooks Captain Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership throughout the season. The senior from Clayton, N.C., helped the offense accumulate an impressive 2,394 rushing and 3,010 passing yards, additionally record 31 rushing touchdowns - a program record for a single season. Monk was a contributing factor to the ACC's first ranking in sacks allowed (17) and tackles for loss allowed (51). His hard work was rewarded with an Honorable Mention All-ACC selection.

Moore, a sophomore wideout from Sykesville, Md., was given the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award, an honor bestowed on the member of the program who best exemplifies qualities such as inspiration, unselfishness and commitment to the team. The award is given in memory of Micah Harris, who tragically passed away in an automobile accident in June of 2004 before his senior year at Duke. Despite shifting to wide receiver midway through fall camp, Moore had a successful year with the team, winding up second in both receptions (60) and receiving yards (656) and tied for first in receiving touchdowns (5). He had three or more receptions in eight games and 50+ receiving yards in four games, peaking with a career-high performance of 14 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh.

Sophomore cornerback Mark Pickett from Demorest, Ga. was the recipient of the Mike Suglia Award which is given to a second-year member of the Duke football program who best exemplifies the qualities of the late Mike Suglia. Pickett had an impressive campaign on the field, appearing in all 13 games while recording 41 tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks and a team-leading seven pass breakups. He was recognized for living up to the values of Suglia who was an outstanding student, football player and most importantly, a man of highest integrity during his two-year tenure at Duke before his sudden passing in the spring of his sophomore year.

Rivers, a freshman cornerback from Beaumont, Texas, was honored with both the rookie of the year award and an Honorable Mention All-American title by College Football News. He played in all 13 games during his inaugural year in Durham and made five starts. His impressive numbers included six pass breakups, which placed him fourth on the team, along with 52 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one interception, two quarterback pressures and one blocked kick.

Smith, from Acworth, Ga., took home the special teams player of the year award for his performance. He played a total of 240 snaps on kickoffs and punts and ended the season with 13 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

Williams, a freshman defensive end from Gainesville, Va., was honored with the defensive scout team player of the year award. Though he only appeared in one game, his contribution was invaluable.

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