Returning starting cornerback ... has good size and speed ... has proven ability to make plays in the secondary ... post-season honors candidate ... in 23 career games (23 starts), has 116 tackles, four INTs and 16 PBUs ... has played 1,561 career snaps ... stands four PBUs shy of cracking Duke's career top 10 list ... Duke's active leader in both INTs and PBUs ... has two career double figure tackle performances including a career-high 10 stops against both Wake Forest in 2010 and North Carolina in 2011 ... enters the 2012 season with streaks of 23 consecutive games with 1+ tackle and 15 contests with 2+ tackles ... has registered 3+ tackles in 18 career games ... among active players in the ACC, ranks tied for 11th in career INTs ... earned Defensive MVP honors in the annual Spring Game after helping the White squad to a 38-24 victory with four tackles, one caused fumble, two pass break-ups and one QB pressure ... carded the team's third-fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds) while posting the second-best vertical jump mark (37.5") during the program's post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation ... two-time Academic All-ACC pick.
Cockrell received his second straight All-ACC first team nod in 2013. This season he has amassed a team-leading 12 pass breakups with three interceptions, 40 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble on the way to breaking Duke's all-time passes defended and pass breakup records. His third interception of the season came in a 28-21 win at Wake Forest and ended the Demon Deacons' final drive with Duke leading by one touchdown.
Started all 13 games in 2012 (996 snaps)...In the ACC, ranked tied for 1st in interceptions per game (0.38), 3rd in passes defended per game (1.38) and 41st in tackles per game (5.5)...2012 honorable mention All-America pick by Sports Illustrated...2012 first team All-ACC choice by both media and coaches...2012 Capital One Academic All-District selection...2012 Academic All-ACC selection...On Duke's career charts, ranks tied for 4th in total passes defended (38), 6th in pass breakups (29) and tied for 9th in interceptions (9).
Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, a team honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... played in and started 11 games ... missed the Tulane game due to injury ... carded 56 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, nine PBUs and one INT ... ranked fourth on the team in total tackles and second in PBUs ... in the ACC, ranked seventh in total passes defended per game (0.91) and 34th in tackles per game (5.1) ... ranked 68th nationally in passes defended per contest ... closed the season on a high note with a career-high matching 10 tackles and one INT at North Carolina ... had nine stops in Duke's win at Boston College ... posted seven tackles against both FIU and Virginia Tech ... logged multiple PBUs versus both Richmond (3) and Georgia Tech (2) ... on the field for 735 total snaps.
Freshman All-America selection by Phil Steele (3rd team) and College Football News (HM) ... Academic All-ACC choice ... started all 12 games ... finished sixth on the team with 60 tackles ... led the squad with three INTs and finished second with seven PBUs ... became just the second Duke freshman to lead the team in INTs by himself, joining Wyatt Smith (1988) ... matched school single-season record for INTs by a freshman (Wyatt Smith, 3, 1988) ... matched school single-game record for INTs by a freshman (John Talley, 2 vs. Clemson, 2007) ... ranked tied for eighth in the ACC in total passes defended (10) ... passes defended total ranked second among league rookies ... the 60 tackles rank as the ninth-highest single-season total by a rookie in Duke history ... posted a season-high 10 tackles at Wake Forest ... logged two PBUs against both Miami and Navy ... on the field for 826 total snaps including 795 defensive plays ... snap total was tops among defensive players and the fifth-highest overall.
Did not see game action.
Two-year letterman under Larry McNulty at Charlotte Latin ... charted as the 74th-top cornerback in the nation by Scout.com ... listed as the 76th-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com ... in senior season, had 29 receptions for 459 yards and 11 TDs while posting 34 tackles and three INTs as Latin went 9-3 and reached the state championship game ... helped Latin to a 13-0 record and state title as a junior by catching 41 passes for 806 yards and seven TDs and compiling 38 tackles and nine INTs with four defensive TDs ... scored six defensive TDs during prep career ... two-time all-conference and all-state selection ... also lettered in basketball and track and field, earning all-conference honors in both sports ... at the NCISAA 3A state championship track and field meet, placed first in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and 4x400-meter relay competitions.
Son of Serena and Keith Cockrell ... father played football at Columbia University ... born August 6, 1991 ... majoring in political science while pursuing a certificate in markets and management studies.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 4/109 -- Ross Cockrell, DB, 6-0, 190, Duke...He started 49 games at Duke, recording 233 tackles, 12 interceptions and 42 pass breakups. Was a durable player who played 3,536 snaps in his college career. A two-time first team All-ACC, he graduated a year ago with a degree in political science. His father played at Columbia, so he's probably going to be the smartest guy in the room when he arrives. He figures to contribute to special teams, and perhaps battle for a backup position in the secondary. - The Sports Xchange