Duke’s starting TE Braxton Deaver is missing the start of camp because he is serving a suspension. Head coach David Cutcliffe shared,
“Braxton is not going to join us until (Saturday) August 9. “He’s doing a few things to satisfy me, which I expect to be done in a timely manner. He should be finished with those things and ready to go and in great spirits and attitude by August 9. I’m looking forward to that for him.”
According to the newsobserver.com, Deaver’s suspension also included the summer months and quarterback Anthony Booneconfirmed that the tight end was not even a part of the Blue Devils’ player-led workouts while school was out. Boone added,
“When I go home he is going to ask me how practice was, and we’re going to watch film together. We know Deaver can do it, he’s going to be our guy. He’s ready to come back, he’s ready to work, that’s the only mindset he has. He’s ready to come out here and prove to the team that he’s ready to play football.”
Whatever the reasoning, the Blue Devils hope Deaver can learn from the time away and come back contributing to the success Duke experienced last season.
Deaver, who earned third-team all-ACC honors last year, started all 14 games and caught 46 passes for 600 yards and four touchdowns. He had an especially productive bowl game, a recording a career-high 116 receiving yards on six catches against Texas A&M.