Five Devils Earn Preseason Honors

Five Duke players have earned preseason recognition from annual publications previewing the 2005 football season.

The Sporting News named John Talley and Tyler Krieg to its second team all-league unit while Athlon Sports tabbed Talley and Chris Davis to its second team all-conference squad with Phillip Alexander receiving third team merit. In addition, rookie Vince Oghobaase was named the ACC's Top Impact Freshman by Street & Smith's college football preview edition.

Talley, a junior cornerback from Duncan, S.C., earned Second Team All-ACC honors in 2004 after posting 59 tackles and four interceptions while Krieg, a junior offensive guard from Tualatin, Ore., enjoyed his first season as a starter last fall. A sophomore safety/kick returner from Stone Mountain, Ga., Davis was a Freshman All-ACC and Freshman All-America selection in 2004 after ranking 13th nationally in kickoff return average.

Alexander, a senior defensive end from Bronx, N.Y., suffered a season-ending leg injury in week two of the 2004 campaign. In 2003, the defensive end recorded 18.5 tackles for loss along with 59 tackles and 6.5 quarterback sacks. Oghobaase, a native of Houston, Texas, enrolled at Duke in January of 2005 and participated in spring drills. In his final season at Alief Hastings High School, the 6-6, 325-pound defensive tackle picked up 68 tackles and 12 sacks en route to earning prep All-America accolades.

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