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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
ACC breakout players: Duke

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

We'll sneak one more in this series in today as we look at which players in the ACC made a splash this spring and showed potential of having a breakout season in 2011.

A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. We'll pick one on offense, one on defense.

Brandon Braxton, WR: Duke has two of the most talented receivers in the ACC in Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner, but it won't be long before Braxton's name is as well known. He played in all 12 games last season and started five. He finished sixth on the team with 14 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 12.9 yards per catch and eight of his catches resulted in first downs.

August Campbell, S: He's an outstanding athlete who lacks experience as a redshirt sophomore. He played in three games in 2009 before he was injured and played in 10 games last season with two starts. Campbell had 10 tackles but showed a glimpse of something special by returning a fumble a school-record 95 yards for a touchdown against Boston College.

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