Varner Earns Pre-Season Honors

Donovan Varner

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke wide receiver Donovan Varner has been named to the preseason All-ACC team as voted on by the media attending the annual ACC Kickoff on July 25-26 in Greensboro, N.C.

A year ago, Varner earned first team all-conference honors after leading the ACC in receptions (65), receptions per game (5.42) and receiving yards per game (87.2) while ranking second in both receiving yards (1,047) and touchdown catches (8). On Duke's single-season charts, his totals rank fifth in receiving yards, tied for fifth in receptions, tied for seventh in touchdown catches and 13th in yards per reception (16.11).

Varner's five 100-yard receiving games in 2009 came against N.C. State (7-154), Maryland (8-120), Virginia (7-113), Miami (8-165) and Wake Forest (11-174) to match the school's third-highest single-season total in that category.

The Miami, Fla., native was the top vote-getter among wide receivers, appearing on 27 of the 52 ballots cast.

The lone Blue Devil named to the squad, Varner was joined on the offensive unit by Christian Ponder (QB/Florida State), Ryan Williams (RB/Virginia Tech), Montel Harris (RB/Boston College), Torrey Smith (WR/Maryland), George Bryan (TE/N.C. State), Anthony Castonzo (OT/Boston College), Chris Hairston (OT/Clemson), Rodney Hudson (OG/Florida State), Thomas Claiborne (OT/Boston College) and Sean Bedford (C/Georgia Tech).

The defensive team included Robert Quinn (DE/North Carolina), Allen Bailey (DE/Miami), Marvin Austin (DT/North Carolina), Jarvis Jenkins (DT/Clemson), Alex Wujciak (LB/Maryland), Quan Sturdivant (LB/North Carolina), Luke Kuechly (LB/Boston College), Kendric Burney (CB/North Carolina), Brandon Harris (CB/Miami), DeAndre McDaniel (S/Clemson) and Deunta Williams (S/North Carolina). Matt Bosher (K & P/Miami) and Smith (KR) earned special teams recognition.

Duke opens the 2010 season at home against Elon on September 4 at 7 p.m. Season tickets are available and may be purchased online at GoDuke.com/tickets or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-DUKE (3853).

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