Jordon Byas had the game of his career Saturday against Wake Forest, recording his first career interception and a career-high 11 tackles.
The conference named the redshirt senior the ACC Defensive Back of the Week as a reward for his performance. Byas missed Duke’s first three games of the season after knee surgery, but has started the two contests since, accumulating 17 tackles in the team’s wins against Memphis and Wake Forest.
“He is a coach’s player,” head coach David Cutcliffe said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. “You get a productive safety out of our system, and they can be a good pro player.”
Byas is the second Blue Devil this season to earn the award after fellow defensive back Ross Cockrell earned Defensive Back of the Week honors following his two-interception game against N.C. Central earlier in the season. Senior wide receiver Conner Vernon is the only other Duke player to earn ACC honors thus far.