The Duke Blue Devils are coming off their most successful season in school history and are looking to prove they have some staying power in the ACC. Head coach David Cutcliffe has changed the culture around the Duke program in a very short time and has the playmakers to keep things going in 2014. To get it done, however, he’ll need safety Jeremy Cash to lead the way on defense.
Cash plays the key safety position in Duke’s 4-2-5 defensive alignment and brings a ton of playmaking ability to the back end of the defense. The former Ohio State Buckeyes recruit, who started there as a true freshman in 2011, transferred to Duke and made an immediate impact on the field in 2013. He finished second on the team with 121 tackles, with 9.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior doesn’t have blazing speed to get sideline to sideline but he makes up for it with smooth athleticism, excellent size, and instincts that are unmatched on the Duke roster. He is a big hitter who can diagnose a play and get to his spot as well as anyone in the ACC, which helped him earn first-team All-ACC honors in 2013.
This season, Cash has the talent and the experience to make a push for All-American honors leading the Duke defense. If he continues to develop his game and improve as a playmaker and a leader, look for the Blue Devils to be in the thick of the ACC Coastal Division title race once again this fall.