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Josh

Blackwell

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Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Buford, Ga.
High School: Buford

Bio

Career Statistics

2019: Projected starter at cornerback ... in 13 career games (5 starts), has 28 tackles, six PBUs and one caused fumble ... owns 2+ tackles in six games including a career-high five stops against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Temple in 2018 ... has played 658 career snaps ... set the Duke bowl game record for PBUs with four against Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl ... also owns the Blue Devil career record for PBUs in bowl competition with four. 

2018 Game-by-Game Statistics
2018: Played in all 13 games with five starts ... earned starting assignments against Northwestern, Baylor, N.C. Central, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech ... thrust into a prominent role following a season-ending injury to All-America CB Mark Gilbert in week two at Northwestern ... totaled 28 tackles, six PBUs and one caused fumble ... tied for the team lead in PBUs ... had 2+ tackles in six games including a season-high five stops against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Temple ... logged four tackles versus Northwestern in first career start ... recorded caused fumble at Baylor ... set Duke bowl game record for PBUs with four against Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl to help the Blue Devils capture their third consecutive bowl win ... helped Duke rank among the ACC leaders in both passing defense (4th) and passing efficiency defense (5th) ... on the field for 658 snaps.

2017: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Played at Buford High School for coach Jess Simpson ... consensus three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... charted as the No. 41 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com ... following senior season, received the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett's Cecil Morris Award, an honor presented to an all-county caliber player whose season was cut short by injury ... helped the Wolves to a 13-2 record and appearance in the state championship game ... as a junior, earned first team all-state (4A) honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association as squad went 13-2 and reached the state title game ... also a first team all-region selection ... posted 47 tackles and one INT as part of a Buford defense that allowed just 7.33 points per game ... averaged 14.4 yards per punt return ... in sophomore season, helped Buford to a perfect 15-0 record and Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class 4A state championship with a 55-10 victory against St. Pius X Catholic in the title tilt ... member of Team North Georgia, the 2013 Football University eighth grade national champions ... also participated in track and field ... helped 4x100-meter relay team to a fourth place finish (42.51) at the GHSA Class 4A state meet during junior year ... as a senior at the GHSA 5A Section B meet, placed fourth in the 100-meters (10.96) and seventh in the 200-meters (22.27).

PERSONAL: Born April 5, 1999 ... majoring in public policy while minoring in psychology and pursuing a certificate in markets and management ... son of Joe and Janine Blackwell ... cousin, Katherine Randolph, was a member of the track and field program at Georgia State University and a member of the Sun Belt Conference championship 4x100 relay team in 2015. 

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The Duke Football Report 8/26/19
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