Coach: David Cutcliffe
Duke Players to watch:
***Freshman DE Chris Rumph II (6-3/225)
Rumph II collected 24 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. He is tied for 36th in the ACC in sacks and tied for second among the league’s freshmen. His 8.0 tackles for loss are the sixth most in a year by a rookie at Duke and tied for the second most by an ACC rookie this season.
*Junior LB Joe Giles-Harris LB (6-2/240)
Giles-Harris leads the Blue Devils in tackles (81) for the third consecutive season and ranks third in the ACC in tackles per game (9.00). Earlier this season, he became the 20th Blue Devil to reach 300 career tackles.
Senior TE Danny Helm (6-4/255)
Helm, from Chatham, Ill., ranks fifth on the team in receptions (22) and fourth in both receiving yards (248) and touchdowns (two). He owns three or more receptions in three games with a year-high four catches for 34 yards at Miami.
**Sophomore RB Deon Jackson (6-0/220)
Jackson, a 6-0, 220-pound sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., set the Duke single-game record for all-purpose yards with 403 at Pittsburgh, becoming just the third ACC player to reach 400 all-purpose yards in a contest.
Coach: Ed Foley
Temple Players to watch:
Senior DT Michael Dogbe (6-3/280)
Dogbe has been a force in the middle of the defensive line all season and has been in wreaking havoc in every backfield the Owls faced. Dogbe led the line with 69 tackles, 12.5 TFLs, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was named First Team All-AAC for his performance this season.
Senior CB Rock Ya-Sin (6-2/190)
NFL Scouts have their eyes on Ya-Sin. The Decatur, Ga., transfer forced offenses to stay away from his side of the field all season. When they did throw his way, he made them pay. In his only 12 games with the Owls, Ya-Sin had 47 tackles, two TFLs, two interceptions, and 12 PBUs.
*Junior WR/RS Isaiah Wright (6-2/218)
Wright was named AAC Special Teams Player of the Year. He accumulated 1,428 all-purpose yards this season and scored seven total touchdowns. He returned two punts and a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown this season. He also ranks second in the nation in combined kick return yards with 976.
Senior RB Ryquell Armstead (6-11/215)
Armstead had a career year despite only playing 10 games this season. He rushed 210 times for 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best game this season was against Houston when he rushed for 210-yards and a conference-record six touchdowns on the way to victory. He sits at third all-time in Temple history with 34 rushing touchdowns.
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Duke 56, Temple 27