Duke’s Tahj Rice undergoes appendectomy, will miss Independence Bowl


A non-football health issue will cost Duke some depth along its defensive line this postseason.

Tuesday, Duke announced defensive tackle Tahj Rice underwent an appendectomy the previous evening.  As a result of the procedure, the freshman lineman will be sidelined for Thursday’s Walk-On’s Independence Bowl matchup with Temple.

A four-star member of the Blue Devils’ 2018 recruiting class, Rice was rated as the No. 15 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Kentucky.  The Louisville high school product was the top-rated player in Duke’s class last year.

In 12 games as a true freshman, Rice was credited with six tackles, 1½ tackles for loss and one sack.