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Duke TE Deaver out for season with torn ACL

Posted August 18

Braxton Deaver (89) with the catch for Duke. The Miami Hurricanes face Duke at Wallace-Wade Stadium for a showdown of the 7-2 ACC teams. Duke shocks the Canes with a 48 to 30 victory. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

— Duke confirmed Monday that redshirt senior tight end Braxton Deaver will miss the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

"Our thoughts and prayers lie with Braxton and his family with this news,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “While we’ll miss his presence on the field, the priorities with Braxton right now shift to his health and spirit. We do know that Braxton will continue to be a valued member of our program going forward.”

Deaver, a 6-foot-5, 240-pounder from Charlotte, was one of the top targets for quarterback Anthony Boone catching 46 passes for 600 yards with four touchdowns last season. He recorded multiple receptions in every game in 2013, including six for a career-high 116 against Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Deaver is the second key player from the defending ACC Coastal Division champions who has been lost for the season with a torn ACL. Senior linebacker Kelby Brown tore his left ACL during a scrimmage last week.

Deaver missed the 2012 season following three surgeries, one to his left ACL, one to his knee cap and one to his left thumb. 

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  • vt94hokies Aug 26, 7:02 p.m.

    I always hate to read when a top player goes down. I still hope they can beat the biggest cheating University in the Country. Beat UNC. Go Hokies!

  • fbguru Aug 19, 1:22 p.m.

    Man, tough break for this young man and Duke. Duke can't have too many more key losses and still take care of UNCheat!!!

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