Duke Football’s 5 Most Intriguing Players Heading Into 2014

5 Duke Players To Watch in 2014

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Duke football had one of its best seasons in the history of the program in 2013. They made it to the ACC Championship and nearly took down Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Many of their standout players are returning for the 2014 season, hoping to build on the team's new found success.

Here are the five most intriguing Duke football players for the 2014 season.

5. Laken Tomlinson, G

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5. Laken Tomlinson, G

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A three-year starter, the redshirt senior is the most decorated lineman on either side of the ball for the Blue Devils. He was named to the Freshman All-America Team in 2011 and was named Second Team All-ACC last year.

4. Josh Snead, RB

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4. Josh Snead, RB

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Snead led the team with 651 rushing yards in a timeshare with Jela Duncan last season. With Duncan suspended for the 2014 season, Snead will have to carry a heavier load for the Blue Devils in 2014.

3. Kelby Brown, LB

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3. Kelby Brown, LB

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After missing all of 2012 with a knee injury, Brown returned to lead the Blue Devils' defense last year. The redshirt senior was named First Team All-ACC last season, leading the team in tackles.

2. Anthony Boone, QB

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2. Anthony Boone, QB

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Boone threw for over 2,200 yards last season as the team's primary signal caller. He threw for only 13 touchdowns in 2013, but that was due in part to ceding snaps to Brandon Connette in the red zone. With Connette deciding to transfer, Boone will be running the offense by himself in 2014.

1. Jamison Crowder, WR

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1. Jamison Crowder, WR

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Crowder emerged as one of the top talents in the ACC in 2013. The senior finished second in the conference with a school record 1,360 receiving yards and was named First Team All-ACC. If he puts together his third consecutive 1,000-plus yard season in 2014, he will own the school's career record for receiving yards.

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