Redshirt senior safety Jordon Byas was named
Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week after
anchoring Duke's defense during Saturday's 34-27 win at Wake Forest. He amassed
a team-high 11 tackles and his first career interception as the Blue Devils
improved to 4-1 on the season. Playing the strike safety position, Byas carded
six solo stops along with a half tackle for loss and a half sack as the Duke
defense forced four Wake Forest turnovers, including the Demon Deacons' first
two lost fumbles of the season.
Byas, who returned to action in week four after missing
Duke's first three games with an injury, has registered 17 tackles in his first
two games back on the field. Since his return, he has bolstered a Duke defense
that is holding opponents to 118.6 rushing yards per game, the fifth-lowest
average in the ACC. Opposing teams are averaging just 3.4 yards per carry
against the Blue Devils, the fourth-lowest clip in the ACC, and have posted
just 354.4 total yards per game which also ranks fourth in the league.
Byas and the Blue Devils look to improve on their 4-1 start this
Saturday, Oct. 6, when they return home to Wallace Wade Stadium for a 3 p.m.
contest against Virginia.
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