Duke redshirt senior defensive back Ross Cockrell was named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Defensive Back Trophy Watch List.
As a junior, Cockrell was named to the All-American honorable mention team by Sports Illustrated. He led the ACC with 0.38 interceptions per game. He was third in the ACC in passes defended with 1.38 per game. Overall, he picked off five passes and broke up 13 more passes.
Cockrell also had 71 tackles as a captain in 2012. Heading into his final season at Duke, he is one of the ACC’s top cornerbacks.
Here is more about the CFPA Award:
The CFPA Defensive Back Trophy is one of 20 position-specific awards presented by CFPA that encompass the offensive, defensive and special teams aspects of football. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections.
The Duke football team gets underway with their first game on Saturday, August 31st against NC Central at 4pm ET. It can be seen live on ESPN3.