Brown Done For The Year

Kelby Brown

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Sunday that freshman linebacker Kelby Brown will miss the season finale against North Carolina after suffering a knee injury in yesterday's 30-20 loss to Georgia Tech.

A 6-2, 215-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., Brown played in nine contests this season, starting the last seven at middle linebacker. He suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and will undergo surgery at a later date with Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke's head team physician and the director of Duke Sports Medicine, handling the duties.

A candidate for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, Brown leads the nation in fumble recoveries per game (0.44) while his 7.3 tackles per game average ranks 14th overall and second among rookies in the ACC. After sitting out the first two games of the year, Brown carded 63 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and five quarterback pressures over the next nine weeks.

Brown twice reached double figures in the tackle column with a season-best 12 with 2.5 tackles for loss in Duke's 34-31 win at Navy and a 10-stop outing versus Army. His four fumble recoveries – a Duke single-season record for freshmen and the most by a Duke player since Terrell Smith had four recoveries in 2002 – came against Alabama, Miami, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

"It is unfortunate that Kelby's fine freshman season ends prematurely," said Cutcliffe. "It is really tough for a freshman to arrive on campus in June and start seven games at middle linebacker, and he did just that. We know he is in great hands with our medical staff – it is the best in the country – and we're confident Kelby will overcome this obstacle and be back as soon as possible."

Duke closes out the 2010 season at home against rival North Carolina on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPNU. Tickets are available at GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-3853.

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