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Duke football's Brittain Brown, Aaron Young enter transfer portal

<p>Brittain Brown had a standout freshman campaign, but injuries derailed his Duke career.</p>

Brittain Brown had a standout freshman campaign, but injuries derailed his Duke career.

After a season marred by injury, redshirt junior running back Brittain Brown has entered the transfer portal. 

Duke football spokesman Art Chase confirmed the news in an email to The Chronicle Wednesday, after 247Sports initially reported Tuesday afternoon.

Brown's former teammate, wide receiver Aaron Young, will also be entering the transfer portal, as he announced on his Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Unlike Brown, Young assured that he will not be returning to the Blue Devils.

In 2017, Brown established himself as one of Duke's most lethal weapons on the ground, averaging 5.4 yards per carry with seven touchdowns to his name. However, two shoulder injuries kept the Canton, Ga., native on the sideline for much of the next two seasons, as junior Deon Jackson and sophomore Mataeo Durant shouldered a majority of the Blue Devils' rushing offense. In 2019, Brown played just three games with a season-high 36 total rushing yards in the season opener against Alabama.

The preseason Doak Walker Award candidate will finish his 2019 spring semester at Duke before graduating in May. 247Sports also reported that Brown has already received offers from Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, UCLA and Alabama A&M.

Young's time with the Blue Devils was also marred by injuries and inconsistency, though the 6-foot-4 wideout had career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2019.

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