ESPN had a series on their blog last week about different players you should root for in the 2014 season. Ugh, I know stop with the off-season lists, and play some real games. Anyways, Matt Furtuna, the blogger who covers the ACC, listed David Durham among the ACC's nice guys this season. It sounds like the ex-Ohio State fullback turned Pitt defensive end is a pretty good, well-rounded guy.
"The starting defensive end has done no shortage of work around his new community since transferring from Ohio State prior to the 2012 season. Durham has hosted youth football clinics, wrapped and delivered Christmas gifts to families in need, volunteered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and, most recently, was part of a group of Pitt players who visited an orphanage in Haiti in May for a weeklong mission trip. Durham was the Panthers defense's winner of the Ed Conway Award this spring, which goes to the most improved player."
Durham obviously is a busy guy, and certainly makes a positive impact off the field. The senior defensive end is one of the least talked about returning starters, but he is not mentioned in a bad way either. All that could be attributed to just being a solid, program player. Judging by him winning the most improved player award, the staff took notice of his work ethic. Durham is not one of the stars of this team, but he is a good contributor to the program. He may not have a future in the NFL as a 6'2" 240-pound defensive end, but being the lone returning starter on the defensive line, he could take on an important leadership role for a young unit.