Duke making an impact off the field

Duke might not be producing the on-field results fans had been hoping for, but the Blue Devils are making a difference in the classroom and in the community.

Duke will partner with the school’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority this week to raise awareness for breast cancer when the Blue Devils host Miami at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. The theme of the partnership is “Tackling Breast Cancer, One Hit at a Time.”

In support of breast cancer awareness, Duke will wear pink ribbon stickers on both its helmets and coaching headsets. In addition, sorority members will distribute pink ribbons to fans on the concourse of Wallace Wade Stadium prior to kickoff.

It was also announced this week that Duke freshman defensive tackle Tevin Hood was named one of five regional winners of the 2010 National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete Award.

Hood has played in three games this season as a true freshman walk-on for the Blue Devils. He has seen action on 51 snaps with three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

In high school he attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. where he was rated among the state’s top 25 players by the Arizona Football Coaches Association as a senior and was named All-Arizona by the Arizona Republic while also receiving first team All-State honors after he tallied 106 tackles, 19 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on the way to the Arizona State championship. He was also a two-time state champion wrestler in high school.

He made his mark in the classroom as well, recording a 4.52 GPA and graduating in the top four percent in a class of 734. Honored by the NFF Valley of the Sun Chapter as a 2010 Scholar-Athlete, he posted three 4.0 academic years. Hood was a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and a National Achievement Semifinalist.

“My mother stressed academics to me from a young age and pushed me hard because she was an assistant principal at my high school,” Hood said in a prepared statement. “Without academics in today’s society you are left in the lurch. Football can only take you so far in life.”