Duke will be without arguably its best player Dec. 26 in the Pinstripe Bowl against Indiana as ACC Defensive Player of the Year Jeremy Cash has been ruled out.
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Cash Undergoes Wrist Surgery
Wednesday, Dec. 16
According to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star, the star safety underwent wrist surgery, which will keep him on the shelf.
The senior defensive back enjoyed a monster 2015 campaign with 100 tackles, 18 stops for loss and 2.5 sacks, but the Blue Devils will need to look elsewhere in order to slow down the Hoosiers' offensive attack.
Cash—who was named a first-team All-American—will end his Duke career on a low note, but he goes out as one of the best defensive players to ever put on a Blue Devils uniform.
He totaled at least 100 tackles in each of the past three seasons, and Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com believes his versatility will make him an intriguing draft option in the NFL:
Dane Brugler @dpbrugler
Looking for the next Deone Bucannon in the 2016 Draft? He plays at #Duke and his name is Jeremy Cash. Best fit is a hybrid LB/S role in NFL.2015-12-11 04:13:25
Replacing Cash over the long haul will be a tall order for Duke, and in regards to the short term, doing it in the Pinstripe Bowl will be extremely difficult as well.
Junior Corbin McCarthy is likely in line for an increased role, but it is extremely unlikely he will be able to truly take Cash's spot since he excelled as both a safety and a linebacker.
With a very obvious hole in Duke's defense, look for Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld to attack early and often in the highly anticipated bowl game.
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