Four blue devils placed on the big board of the NFLPA



DURHAM – Graduate student cornerback Josh blackwell, senior running back Mateo Durant, senior redshirt cornerback Leonard Johnson and center for the elderly redshirt Jack wohlabaugh represented Duke on the grand board of directors for the 2021-2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl preseason, the organization announced on Friday.

Since 2011, the NFLPA Bowl has provided senior NFL prospects with an exceptional platform to showcase their talents to 32 NFL teams, as well as a unique experience that educates participants in the world of football.

In 25 career games, including 17 starts, Blackwell has 61 tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble in addition to 13 missed passes. The Buford, Ga. Product has 17 career games with two or more tackles and recorded a career-high six saves against Wake Forest in 2019.

He started the first two games of the 2020 season before suffering a late season injury. Earlier in his career, Blackwell set the Duke Bowl game record with four assists in the Blue Devils 2018 Independence Bowl win over Temple.

Durant, a native of Plum Branch, SC, has 1,321 yards on 234 carries with nine scores in 32 career games. In addition, the senior caught 28 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. At the start of the 2021 season, Durant’s 1,321 career rushing yards rank 30th in program history.

Last year, Durant led the Blue Devils in rushing yards (817) and rushing touchdowns (eight) while placing second on the team in points (54 points). Average 6.81 yards per rushing attempt, the fourth highest of a season in the tradition of the program.

Johnson returns as Duke’s starting cornerback. The Hayden, Alabama product has appeared in 35 career games, with 28 starts. He has 131 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 13 pass stoppages throughout his career. He also has 10 games with six or more tackles and three games with multiple assists.

Most recently in 2020, Johnson was in 10 games with seven starts and compiled 24 tackles, one interception and three breakouts. Johnson’s longest interception return of his career came at Baylor in 2018, following a 53-yard touchdown return.

Wohlabaugh, who was recently named to the 2021 Rimington Trophy Watchlist, has played 22 games as the Blue Devil, including 18 starts. The senior red shirt missed the whole of 2020 after sustaining a season-ending knee injury at preseason camp.

The Akron, Ohio native, 6-4, 305 pounds, earned an honorable mention of All-ACC honors in 2019 and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after Duke’s victory over Virginia Tech . In addition to his conference accolades, Wohlabaugh also won Duke’s Dan “Tiger” Hill award as the most outstanding offensive lineman after anchoring an offensive line that placed fifth in the ACC for sacks. authorized and 15th nationally for tackles for authorized losses.

In January, the NFL Players Association will produce the 10th annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl game at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. In the past two years alone, 87 NFLPA Bowl participants have been invited to the NFL Combine and 58 have been drafted by NFL clubs.

Duke begins the 2021 season on Friday, September 3 in Charlotte. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Season tickets are available online at or by calling the Duke Athletic Box Office at 919-681-2583.



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