DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament last Tuesday. The injury signifies the end of Brown’s collegiate football career.
"It's difficult to put into words the feeling of heartbreak I have for Kelby and his family," Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. "While we will certainly miss his athletic abilities and leadership as one of the best linebackers to play at Duke, what is most important above all else is Kelby's health. He is a truly special young man who is destined to accomplish great things in his life. Kelby's strengths lie in his core values, and I know that despite this setback, he will continue to play an integral part of our program's success both on and off the field."
Brown will serve the program as a student assistant for the 2015 season.
Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke’s head team physician and the director of Duke Sports Medicine, will handle the surgical procedure.
Brown, a 6-2, 225-pound native of Matthews, North Carolina, missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during the preseason. Brown overcame two surgeries on his right knee since arriving at Duke with procedures in December of 2010 and February of 2012. He missed the entire 2012 campaign while recovering from the latter surgery.
In 32 career games (29 starts), Brown amassed 242 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 quarterback sacks, 15 QB pressures, two interceptions, six fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles and five PBUs. In addition, he has compiled double figures in the tackle column nine times including a career-best 17 stops against both Georgia Tech and Miami during the 2013 season.
A first-team All-ACC selection in 2013, Brown ranked second in the league with 8.77 tackles per game to help the Blue Devils post a school-record 10 wins and claim the ACC Coastal Division crown for the first time in program history. He added 11.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, two interceptions, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and eight QB pressures and earned ACC Linebacker of the Week three times following victories against Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Miami.
An Academic All-ACC team selection in both 2011 and 2013, Brown graduated from Duke in June, 2014 with a degree in evolutionary anthropology while posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.729 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Christian studies.