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Duke's Jeremy Cash, Miami's Hunter Knighton get Tatum, Piccolo awards

Duke safety Jeremy Cash and Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton were honored by the ACC on Thursday, with Cash winning the Jim Tatum Award and Knighton winning the Brian Piccolo Award.

Cash became the fourth straight Duke player to win the Tatum Award, given to the top senior student-athlete, joining David Helton (2014), Perry Simmons (2013) and Sean Renfree (2012).

“Jeremy Cash is more than a great football player,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a press release. “Obviously, he has his priorities in order in regards to all of the different elements of being a successful student-athlete. He is a team captain and team leader. He is a great student and friend.”

Knighton, meanwhile, won the Piccolo Award as the ACC’s most courageous player after recovering from a heatstroke in the spring of 2014 that nearly took his life.

“Hunter Knighton is truly deserving of this prestigious award,” Miami interim coach Larry Scott said in a press release. “No one has worked harder than Hunter to get back on the field and play the game he truly loves. His sacrifice and determination over the past year is truly inspiring. He has defied the odds to return to the field and play a major role on our team. We could not be happier for Hunter and his family.”

Like the Blue Devils, the Hurricanes also are familiar with Thursday’s hardware: Duke Johnson won the Piccolo Award last season.

On Wednesday, Cash was honored as the ACC’s defensive player of the year.