Daniel Jones- QB Duke

6-5, 221, (U) 4.81

32 1/2" Arms, 9 5/8" Hands. 

10' Broad! 33.5" Vert, 

7.0 3-Cone! 4.41 Short Shuttle

The Best Pure Pocket Passer In The Draft, But... 

By TOM

Jones is another big QB who would look very good at 32. He was inconsistent at Duke, but he is smart and was great in their Bowl game and against Temple. He has the arm and toughness. He just has to learn to play it a little faster, and show some clutch down here in Mobile. They have to give him an end of quarter two-minute drive this week. He could be a Patriot when all is said and done. 

He might be the second best QB in this Draft. He has a great arm. He throws it to the RB out in the flat on a line. He can hit the WR 50-yards down field where the only the WR catch it and the CB has no chance. He was the first QB to engineer a scoring drive in the 1st quarter against Clemson on the season, and he did it twice. In this amazing defensive Draft, offensive players are going to emerge. He is one of them.

Combine: He tested as maybe the most athletic QB at the Combine. 10-foot broad jump is a great number. He ran a sub 5.0 Forty (4.81), is a rare number for a QB. Getting a 7-scond flat 3-cone drill is a phenomenal number. A number that could get the Pats interested. He does not have an elite arm. He has a very good Payton Manning like arm. I have been seeing Payton when I break down the Tape over and over. 

Pittsburgh: He was great against Pitt. He threw for two TDs of over 60-yards. He can be too much of a thinker. Can he develop the instinct to throw on reaction? Needs to see too much before he throws. He has to throw quicker. He can run a play action and turn his back to the defense, turn back, and find the receiver outside. Nice job throwing down the seam. He throws a nice touch ball, but I wonder about his fast ball. How strong is his arm? 

Miami: He played with a lot of smaller and slottier WRs. He can one step and turn outside for the WR screen. He can complete the next pass after the big hit. He can look at three guys on one play. At his best when he fires a fast ball at his first option. Played in a Spread offense. He was in the shotgun all the time. But he did run play action out of the shotgun. Throws inside to the Slot guy a lot. 

He has some technique issues, which can be worked out if he spends his rookie season on the bench. He really needs a season to sit behind an NFL QB. He will loose control of his feet sometimes. Doesn't use steps in drop. He played in the ACC, usually against more talented teams like Clemson and FLA ST. So had to be better and smarter. I thought he was throwing it quicker this season, which is my main concern with him. 

 

Senior Bowl: He showed he could run a conventional NFL Offense at the Senior Bowl. The Pats may have to trade up and get him. He is my second rated QB with Lock. Lock is more of a Favre instinctual sling and go dude. While Jones is more of a Brady cerebral QB. But he needs work on his feet and pocket discipline. He ran some great play actions in the Game. 

He throws a nice back shoulder fade. He has a rocket. He can throw it on a line 20-yads down field on a deep out. He plays flat footed a lot. He is going to have to be retrained on NFL footwork. He rarely drops, and never goes under center. He catches the shotgun snap, and doesn’t move. 

When he throws quickly he looks like an NFL QB. He has the arm to rolling to his right, stop, and throw all the way across the field to his TE. He has a beautiful arm. They even started rolling him out in the 3rd quarter at SB, and he was throwing darts on the move. It was very impressive. He holds onto the ball too long too often. Needs to trust his instincts a little more. 

I don’t think he is a pure drop back passer. In fact when he drops backs, and thinks, is when he got in trouble. When he was on the move his internal clock seemed to jump start and he got the ball out in time, every time at the SB. When the coverage was good in the pocket, and he had to think, and got sacked. When he had time it the pocket, he threw a beautiful pass. 

Jones needs to quicken up his reads and release. He is not ready for prime time. He has all the physical tools, but has to sharpen it up mentally. Nice play action, and when he turns without thinking he can hit the FB dragging outside with perfect timing. He has the ability to play quick, but looked like he got caught thinking too much in the game.

His test in the NFL will be his ability to consistently move his feet. He did a great job of that at the Senior Bowl. He had a great Senior Bowl running NFL plays, going under center, and running NFL play action and his turning his back to the field. He looked like he had played his entire college career in a conventional offense and went under center a lot. 

Jones Vs. Temple:

He throws a beautiful deep pass down the sideline. He can throw a nice touch pass over the CB deep down the sideline. Smooth easy Arm. He is a pure shotgun QB. Which I’m not sure is a negative anymore. He will turn and throw almost without looking into great coverage. They have him look to one side, then he snaps his head over to the other side of the field and throws to another guy a lot, like it is schemed that way. 

He fires it fast to his TE in the slot. He will stare down his WR terribly. He will throw it as another DB moves over to the player he is staring down, and intercept the ball. He doesn’t move his feet enough and over relies on his arm. He needs to work on his footwork in the pocket. Throws flat footed and awkward too much. He will throw and duck at the same time, but it can be accurate as well. 

Rarely more than one steps. He can make the great accurate throw when he stepped into it, and moved his feet. He has the physical and mental talent to play in the NFL. When he has time and a wide open guy, he can throw a beautiful pass down field. He is too measured on the field. He needs to let go and just react more. He will need some time to adjust to the NFL. 

He has been playing on a bad ankle all season. He has had to come in and out of games all season. He loves to throw that high tough pass over the DBs to the WR. His not as accurate to the second and third levels when he fires a hard one. He throws a great Post to his slot WR. When he throws in rhythm, and can two or three step drop. He throws a great catchable ball. 

He has some great quick feet. He can throw it between three DBs. When his feet are in balance and he steps into the throw, and can hit his WR in stride to let him run a long way. His big thing is balance and controlling his feet in the pocket. He will let his feet get hyper sometimes, and that is almost as bad as when he got flat footed. 

He will force it into small windows sometimes. He will force it into double teams sometimes. Nice job throwing on the move. He can throw the nice pass across his body while running outside. Teams are going to have to take a good look at him, because a lot of his problems this season were caused by injuries. He has completely mastered their offense. Very smart guy, who already has a degree in economics. He really looks the part. When he is on he can look like Manning. 

He will turn and block for his WR on the double reverse. He can really throw the great fast ball when he has time to wind up and step into the throw. I love his touch passes. Terrific thrower off the play action over the middle. He is a pretty good athlete, and will line up outside in the wildcat and he will run a pattern. 

Daniel Jones Vs Temple:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gqy2HjlaDA

Jones Senior Bowl: 

Jones had an elite Senior Bowl. He showed he could do everything in a pro style offense that you couldn't see on Tape. He showed he wasn't just a wacky spread guy. But a guy who can go under center, make the right reads, and dominate. He had the best Senior Bowl of all the QBs. 

This is beautiful. Just what we need to see. He played in that wacky spread offense, where there was no NFL footwork or going under center. Watch him go under center and run an NFL play action. He extend his arm nicely, and snapped the ball back. He fooled the entire front seven (:01). Which left the FB uncovered in the flat with enough room to run for the 1st. 

Back under center, which is something he never did at Duke. Another nice play action that fooled most of the front-7. Then watch how quick he turned and got into the throw. That is an NFL throw in a conventional NFL offense (:09). Another great play action that fooled the entire front-7 (:17). He rolled out to his right. Watch the read, as he turned his back to his left and showed his arm on the great throw back across his body to the TE Sample. Just watch the entire front seven slide the wrong on the play action. Jones likes to throw to the opposite shoulder as the DB, even when his guy his facing the wrong way. 

Forth read. He threw a bullet to his Z in the Redzone (:41). The old flea-flicker. He caught the ball. Got his read. and threw with great timing. That was a great throw (:59). Though it was into triple coverage. He threw it were only his guy could catch it. He looked like an NFL QB at the Senior Bowl. 

Daniel Jones at Senior Bowl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9bf5ck63eQ

Jones Vs Clemson: 

Quads. He had a lot of half-field reads, which is not a deathnel anymore. More teams are moving to half field reads, like the Rams (:05). They overwhelmed the left side of the Clemson D and he had his choice of a few guys. He didn't drop at all. He hopped around on his feet badly (:55). He choose the quick slot guy like ant Patriots QB would. 

When he gets the ball out quick he looks like a 1st Round pick (:17). He is a smooth athlete with some giddy-up in his gallop. He looked like Luck running there (:26). He can change the play at the line. He will throw too low and the DT can slap it down (:42). This is not the next play after the big hit, it is the second play (:55). Nice throw. He looked to the left. Then went across the field and completed the pass after the big hit by Wilkins. He didn't read his way across the field, but looked left and then turned to the outside to the guy on the far right. That didn't looked like a progression across the field. It looked more like he looked at the outside guy on the Left. Then peeked at the Safety, and then the outside guy on the right. Three-read progression.

It was not good when the QB lined up against Clemson in the Redzone. That same head snap read. Is that a one, two, three option read. It is starting to look like two (1:31). Play Action. He turned his back to the defense, rolled out, and threw the easy one to the TE on the chip and go. Very Brady like throw (1:42). He got twitchy feet in the pocket sometimes. Needs to step (1:50). But he got the ball to his dude. 

This is an NFL throw against the best defense in the FBS (I thought it was Alabama, but Clemson won the big one). He hit the TE 20-yards down the numbers. It was his forth read. You can see the progression from one, two, three, to four (2:05). Nice play action where he turned his back to the defense, rolled out, and got a rusher in his face (2:17). That is an NFL throw. He put that on his WR's hands 37-yards down field where only he could catch it. 

This is not the next play after Ferrell's big hit. He loves to look left and then throw right. He one stepped, and went to his second option. He threw as he was getting hit (2:55). This is he next play after the big hit, but there was a false start in between. He very Brady like hit his Slot guy on the quick curl out (2:59). That pass was a big deal. It was after a big hit. It was quick and accurate. And his foot work was excellent. Watch the feet, one-two-three quick steps with balance, and the third step towards his target. Boom the ball was gone.

Redzone baby. This is a huge deal. This was the 11th game of the season. Clemson had not allowed a team to score in the 1st quarter against any team all season. This was the best NFL like defense in the FBS. Alabama had more of an NFL defense size wise, while Clemson had more of a defense speed wise, and the front four (3:17). He let the rush panic him on that play as Clemson sent six. He knew he had to get rid of it quick. 

This was a nice play. Watch him step up into the pocket with great feet and body discipline. That looked like Brady again (and I'm talking about mechanics not clutch). Then he took off, while still looking down field with the ball ready to throw (3:33). They kicked the field goal to score the first points in the 1st quarter against Clemson's Championship Defense. 

He ran out onto the field late, after the turnover. He rolled himself out into a trap (3:59). He tried the Fade, and placed the ball where only his WR could catch it (4:23). Back in the Redzone (4:43). He got swarmed over by the rush (4:55). 3rd and 6 after the big hit. That was not a good throw (5:05). But Duke kicked the field goal to to put up the only two scores against Clemson in the 1st quarter so far that season. They were the first team to score against their defense in the 1st quarter, and the only offense to score twice. Though every team they played after this game scored in the 1st quarter. 

Daniel Jones Vs Temple:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gqy2HjlaDA

Jones' Official Bio:

POST DUKE: On December 31, 2018, declared intention to forgo final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2019 National Football League draft ... on January 26, 2019, named MVP of the Reese’s Senior Bowl after completing eight-of-11 (.727) passes for 115 yards and one TD while rushing for another score in a 34-24 North team victory.

DUKE CAREER: Three-year letterman (2016-17-18) ... two-year team captain (2017-18) ... two-time recipient of the Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player (2016 & 2018) ... three-time Academic All-ACC selection (2016-17-18) ... two-time ACC Quarterback of the Week (vs. Northwestern, 2018; vs. North Carolina, 2018) ... four-time Manning Award Star of the Week recipient (vs. Notre Dame, 2016; vs. North Carolina, 2016; vs. Northwestern, 2018; vs. North Carolina, 2018) ... Davey O’Brien Award Great Eight weekly honoree following win at Notre Dame in 2016 ... four-time ACC Rookie of the Week in 2016 (vs. Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina & Miami) ... MVP of the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl vs. Northern Illinois ... Offensive Player of the Game of the 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple ... in 36 career games (36 starts), completed 764-of-1,275 (.599) passes for 8,201 yards with 52 TDs and 29 INTs ... posted a career pass efficiency rating of 122.86 ... rushed 406 times for 1,323 yards (3.26) and 17 TDs, caught two passes for six yards (3.00) and punted five times for 170 yards (34.00) ... compiled 9,524 yards of total offense ... posted career per game averages of 36.75 rushing yards, 227.81 passing yards and 264.56 total offensive yards ... carded career TD responsibility of 69 (17 rush & 52 pass) ... scored 102 points on 17 rushing TDs ... lost 13 fumbles ... played 2,603 career snaps ... recorded 300+ yards of total offense in 13 games including a career-high 547 (186 rush & 361 pass) versus North Carolina in 2018 ... accounted for multiple TDs in 20 games including a career-high six (1 rush & 5 pass) against Temple in 2018 ... threw multiple TD passes in 16 games including a career-high five versus Temple in 2018 ... rushed for multiple TDs in four games including a career-high two against Wake Forest (2016), Virginia Tech (2016), North Carolina (2016) and Northwestern (2017) ... completed 20+ passes in 20 games including a career-high 34 versus Miami in 2016 ... threw for 300+ yards in nine games including a career-high 423 yards against Temple in 2018 ... hit on 26 pass completions of 40+ yards including a career-long 85-yard strike to T.J. Rahming against Temple in 2018 ... logged 69 rushing attempts of 10+ yards including a career-long 68-yard jaunt against North Carolina in 2018 ... rushed for 70+ yards in seven contests including a career-high 186 versus North Carolina in 2018 ... finished career holding Duke single-game records for total offensive yards (547 vs. North Carolina, 2018) and rushing yards by a QB (186 vs. North Carolina, 2018) while sharing school game marks for TD passes of 20+ yards (3 vs. Temple, 2018), TD passes of 50+ yards (2 vs. Pittsburgh, 2018) and TD responsibility (6 vs. Temple, 2018) ... secured Duke bowl game records for pass completion percentage in a half (.809 [17-of-21]; 2nd; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple), pass efficiency rating (190.32; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple), average yards per pass attempt (10.32; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple), TD passes in a half (3; 2nd; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple), TD passes (5; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple), total TD responsibility (6; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple) and most pass attempts without an INT (40; 2017 Quick Lane Bowl vs. Northern Illinois) and shares the school bowl standard for TD passes in a quarter (2 on three occasions; most recent [3rd]; 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. Temple) ... completed career holding Blue Devil all-time records for pass attempts per game (35.42), TD-to-INT ratio (1.79:1), pass completion-to-INT ratio (26.34:1), pass attempt-to-INT ratio (43.97:1), total offensive yards per game and total offensive plays per game (46.69) and sharing the school career standard for TD passes of 50+ yards (10) ... additionally, on Duke’s all-time charts, finished career ranking second in pass completion percentage, second in pass completions per game (21.22), second in most games with 2+ TD passes (16), second in games with 40+ pass attempts without an INT (5), second in total offensive yards, second in total offensive plays (1,681), second in TD responsibility, tied for second in most seasons with 10+ TD passes (3), tied for second in most games with 15+ TD passes (2), tied for second in most games with 20+ TD passes (1), tied for second in most seasons with 2,000+ passing yards (3), tied for second in games with 30+ pass completions (5), tied for second in games with 30+ pass attempts without an INT (9), tied for second in games with 50+ pass attempts without an INT (1), tied for second in 100-yard rushing games by a QB (2), third in passing yards per game, third in TD passes, third in rushing TDs by a QB, tied for third in most games with 3+ TD passes (6), third in TD passes of 20+ yards (27), third in games with 20+ pass completions (20), third in rushing yards by a QB, tied for third in most games with 4+ TD passes (2), tied for third in games with 20+ pass attempts without an INT (13), fourth in pass efficiency rating, tied for fourth in 200-yard passing games (21), tied for fourth in 300-yard passing games (9), fifth in passing yards, fifth in pass completions, fifth in pass attempts, tied for fifth in 400-yard passing games (1), tied for fifth in most seasons with 1,000+ passing yards (3), sixth in most games with 1+ TD pass (26), ninth in average yards per pass attempt (6.43) and tied for 14th in rushing TDs.

2018 Game-by-Game Statistics: 2018: Team captain ... Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Offensive Player of the Game ... received the program’s Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the sixth two-time recipient of the honor, joining Leo Hart (1969-70), Keith Stoneback (1973-74), Scottie Montgomery (1998-99), Mike Hart (2000-01) and John Talley (2005-06) ... two-time ACC Quarterback of the Week honoree and Manning Award Star of the Week recipient following performances against Northwestern and North Carolina ... played in and started 11 games ... missed the Baylor and N.C. Central tilts due to injury ... suffered fractured left clavicle in the third quarter versus Northwestern and underwent surgery on September 9 ... completed 237-of-392 (.605) passes for 2,674 yards with 22 TDs and nine INTs while rushing 104 times for 319 yards (3.07) ... recorded a pass efficiency rating of 131.69 ... compiled 2,993 total offensive yards ... averaged 243.09 passing yards, 29.00 rushing yards and 272.09 total yards per game ... caught one pass for six yards (6.00) ... punted twice for 54 yards (27.00) with both kicks downed inside the opponent 20 yard line ... scored 18 points ... posted a point responsibility total of 150 ... had TD responsibility of 25 ... completed 20+ passes in six games including a season-high 31 versus North Carolina ... also reached the 30-completion plateau in the bowl win over Temple (30) ... posted completion percentage of .600 or better in six contests including a season-best .765 mark (13-of-17) against Army West Point ... also topped the .700 standard versus Northwestern (.727; 16-of-22) and Temple (.732; 30-of-41) ... threw for 200+ yards in six weeks ... had 300+ yards three times versus Pittsburgh (396), North Carolina (361) and Temple (423) ... tossed 3+ TD passes against Northwestern (3), Georgia Tech (3), Pittsburgh (4), North Carolina (3) and Temple (5) ... had 10 completions of 40+ yards including a season-long 85-yard pass to WR T.J. Rahming against Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl ... logged 17 rushing attempts of 10+ yards including a season-long 68-yard effort against North Carolina ... had 10+ rushing attempts in five weeks including a season-high 15 carries against Virginia, Pittsburgh and North Carolina ... rushed for 35+ yards in four weeks versus Army West Point (43), Virginia (37), Pittsburgh (38) and North Carolina (186) ... logged single-game rushing TDs versus Army West Point, North Carolina and Temple ... carded a season-high 547 total offensive yards against North Carolina while becoming the third player in ACC history to post multiple 300+ passing and 100+ rushing yard games, joining Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (5) and Clemson’s Tahj Boyd (2) ... the 547-yard performance ranked as the fifth-highest single-game outing in ACC history, trailing only Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (610 vs. Syracuse, 2016), Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (588 vs. Pittsburgh, 2016), Miami’s Stephen Morris (568 vs. N.C. State, 2012) and Wake Forest’s Rusty LaRue (554 vs. N.C. State, 1995) ... accounted for 3+ TDs in five weeks against Northwestern (3 pass), Georgia Tech (3 pass), Pittsburgh (4 pass), North Carolina (3 pass & 1 rush) and Temple (5 pass & 1 rush) ... in the ACC, ranked second in pass completions per game (21.55), third in passing yards per game, fourth in total offensive yards per game, fourth in total points responsible for per game (13.60), fifth in passing TDs, sixth in pass completion percentage, seventh in pass efficiency rating and eighth in total points responsible for ... nationally, ranked 19th in pass completions per game, 26th in total offensive yards per game, 29th in passing yards per game, 34th in total points responsible for per game, 38th in passing TDs and 50th in total points responsible for ... set Duke single-game records for total offensive yards (547 vs. North Carolina) and rushing yards by a QB (186 vs. North Carolina) ... equaled school single-game standards for most TD passes of 20+ yards (3 vs. Temple), TD passes of 50+ yards (2 vs. Pittsburgh) and TD responsibility (6 vs. Temple) ... in addition, posted the 11th- (423 vs. Temple), 17th- (396 vs. Pittsburgh) and 33rd-highest (361 vs. North Carolina) single-game passing yardage totals in school history as well as Duke’s 10th-highest single-game total for total offensive yards (434 vs. Pittsburgh) ... matched Duke’s second-highest single-game total for TD passes with five against Temple, one shy of the school standard of six set by Steve Slayden versus Georgia Tech in 1987 ... set Walk-On’s Independence Bowl records for passing yards, TD responsibility and TD passes ... guided the Blue Devil offense to Walk-On’s Independence Bowl records for total points (56), TDs (8), passing TDs (5), most points in a second half (35) and most points in a third quarter (21; tie) ... on Duke’s bowl game charts, Walk-On’s Independence Bowl totals rank first (180; 3rd) and fifth (128; 2nd) for passing yards in a quarter, first for pass completion percentage in a half (.809 [17-of-21]; 2nd), first for pass efficiency rating (190.32), first for average yards per pass attempt (10.32), first (3; 2nd) and tied for second (2; 1st) for TD passes in a half, first for TD passes (5), first for total TD responsibility (6), tied for first (2; 2nd & 2; 3rd) and tied for fifth (1; 4th) for TD passes in a quarter; second for passing yards, second (.867 [12-of-14]; 3rd) and fifth (.750 [9-of-12]; 2nd) for pass completion percentage in a quarter, second (12; 3rd) and tied for sixth (9; 2nd) for pass completions in a quarter, tied for second for pass completions in a half (17; 2nd), second for pass completions (30), second for pass completions of 20+ yards (7), second for total offensive yards (417), third (224; 2nd) and fourth (199; 1st) for passing yards in a half, third for pass completion percentage (.732 [30-of-41]), third for average yards per completion (14.10), fourth (14; 3rd) and tied for eighth (12; 2nd) for pass attempts in a quarter, fourth for pass attempts (41), sixth (21; 2nd) and tied for seventh (20; 1st) for pass attempts in a half and sixth for total offensive plays (47) ... also established school bowl standard for longest pass with 85-yard scoring toss to Rahming ... matched Blue Devil single-season standards for most games with 3+ TD passes (5), most games with 4+ TD passes (2), TD passes of 20+ yards (11) and TD passes of 50+ yards (5) ... on Duke’s single-season charts, yearly totals rank second for TD passes, tied for second for games with 40+ pass attempts without an INT (2), third for TD-to-INT ratio (2.44:1), tied for third for TD responsibility, sixth for passing efficiency, sixth for total offensive yards per game, tied for sixth for games with 1+ TD pass (9), tied for sixth for 100-yard rushing games by a QB (1), seventh for pass completion-to-INT ratio (26.22:1), seventh for pass attempt-to-INT ratio (43.55:1), tied for eighth for games with 2+ TD passes (5), tied for eighth for 300-yard passing games (3), ninth for total offensive yards and 13th for passing yards ... on the field for 731 snaps.

2017 Game-by-Game Statistics: 2017: Team captain ... Quick Lane Bowl MVP ... ACC All-Bowl Team choice by ESPN ... Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Ace Parker Award, an honor presented annually to an individual who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute ... started all 13 games ... completed 257-of-453 (.567) passes for 2,691 yards with 14 TDs and 11 INTs while rushing 161 times for 518 yards (3.22) and seven TDs ... posted pass efficiency rating of 111.97 ... compiled 3,209 total offensive yards ... punted once for 45 yards ... scored 42 points ... carded point responsibility total of 126 ... one of six QBs among Power 5 schools to amass 2,500+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke and Wake Forest’s John Wolford ... completed 20+ passes in six games including a season-high 29 completions against Northwestern ... posted completion percentage of .600 or better in six contests including a season-best .760 mark (19-of-25) against N.C. Central ... threw for 200+ yards in seven weeks ... had 300+ passing yards twice against Northwestern (305) and Wake Forest (346) ... had a season-high two TD passes in six games versus N.C. Central, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Northern Illinois ... had eight completions of 40+ yards including a season-long 58-yard pass to RB Shaun Wilson against Pittsburgh ... opened the season with 29 pass attempts without an INT to push his streak to 202 dating back to 2016 and establish the second-longest run in school history, behind only Thaddeus Lewis, who threw 206 consecutive passes without an INT over the 2007-08 seasons ... also stretched streak of consecutive games with 20+ pass attempts without an INT to five dating back to 2016 and establish the second-longest run in school history, behind only Lewis, who posted six straight games with 20+ pass attempts without an INT over the 2007-08 seasons ... logged 24 rushing attempts of 10+ yards including a season-long 33-yard effort at Virginia Tech ... had 10+ rushing attempts in nine weeks including a season-high 19 carries against Army West Point ... rushed for 65+ yards in four weeks versus Northwestern (108), Virginia Tech (65), Georgia Tech (91) and Northern Illinois (86) ... rushed for a season-high two TDs against Northwestern ... logged single-game rushing TDs versus N.C. Central, Army West Point, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Northern Illinois ... logged a season-high 413 yards of total offense against Northwestern while becoming the second player in Duke history to post 300+ passing and 100+ rushing yards in a single game, joining Brandon Connette, who accomplished the feat on September 21, 2013, against Pittsburgh with 323 passing yards and 101 rushing yards ... accounted for 3+ TDs in games against N.C. Central (2 pass & 1 rush), Northwestern (2 & 2), Georgia Tech (2 & 1), Wake Forest (2 & 1) and Northern Illinois (2 & 1) ... in the ACC, ranked third in pass attempts, fourth in pass completions, sixth in pass completions per game (19.77), eighth in passing yards per game (207.00), eighth in total offensive yards per game (246.85), tied for eighth in TD passes and 10th in pass completion percentage ... nationally, ranked 35th in pass completions per game, 46th in total offensive yards per game, 53rd in passing yards and 72nd in total points responsible ... set Quick Lane Bowl record for pass completions (27) while matching bowl game standard for TD passes (2) with Gary Nova of Rutgers (2014), Perry Hills of Maryland (2016) and Patrick Towles of Boston College (2016) ... engineered a Duke offense which set Quick Lane Bowl team records for total offensive plays (92) and time of possession (38:21) while matching bowl standards for total TDs (5), first downs (27) and rushing TDs (3) ... set Duke bowl game record for most pass attempts without an INT (40) ... on Duke’s bowl game charts, Quick Lane Bowl totals rank second for rushing yards by a QB (86), tied for second for rushing attempts by a QB (16), tied for second for total TD responsibility (3), third for TD passes, third for total offensive yards (338), fourth for passing attempts, fourth for pass completions, fifth for passing yards (252), tied for seventh for rushing attempts, 11th for rushing yards per attempt (5.38) and 12th for rushing yards ... set school single-season record for most total offensive plays with 614 (161 rush & 453 pass) ... on Duke’s single-season charts, yearly totals rank tied for second for most games with 2+ TD passes (6), tied for second for most games with 100+ passing yards (12), tied for fourth for pass attempts, fifth for most total offensive yards, tied for fifth for most games with 20+ pass attempts without an INT (5), tied for fifth for most games with 30+ pass attempts without an INT (3), sixth for most rushing yards by a QB, tied for sixth for most 100-yard rushing games by a QB (1), eighth for pass completions, eighth for highest pass attempt-to-INT ratio (41.18:1), tied for eighth for most rushing TDs by a QB, tied for ninth for most wins by a starting QB (7), 10th for total TD responsibility (21) and 12th for passing yards ... joined Shaun Wilson (818) and Brittain Brown (701) to form the first trio in Duke history to post 500+ rushing yards each ... coupled with Wilson (6) and Brown (7) to form the fifth trio in Blue Devil history to compile 5+ rushing TDs each ... teamed with Wilson and Brown to form one of two ACC trios with 500+ rushing yards and 6+ rushing TDs each, joining Clemson’s Travis Etinne (744 & 13), Tavien Feaster (659 & 7) & Kelly Bryant (646 & 11) ... on the field for 981 snaps.

2016 Game-by-Game Statistics: 2016: Honorable mention Freshman All-America pick by Campus Insiders ... second team Freshman All-ACC pick by Athlon Sports ... recipient of the program’s Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player ... Academic All-ACC selection ... four-time ACC Rookie of the Week choice following performances against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Miami ... the four weekly citations matched the highest total in the league alongside Florida State QB Deondre Francois ... Manning Award Star of the Week recipient after victories over Notre Dame and North Carolina ... Davey O’Brien Award Great Eight weekly honoree following the win at Notre Dame ... runner-up in the balloting behind recipient Francois for both ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... finished third in the balloting for both ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year by the league’s head coaches ... started all 12 games ... completed 270-of-430 (.638) passes for 2,836 yards with 16 TDs and nine INTs while rushing 141 times for 486 (3.45) yards and seven TDs ... posted a pass efficiency rating of 126.28 ... caught one pass for zero yards and punted twice for 71 yards (35.50) with one boot downed inside the opponent 20 yard line ... completed 20+ passes in eight contests ... hit on 30+ pass attempts in three weeks against Miami (34), Virginia (33) and Wake Forest (31) ... posted completion percentage of .600 or better in nine games including a season-best .750 mark (24-of-32) in the win at Notre Dame ... threw for 200+ yards in eight games ... had 300+ passing yards in four weeks against Wake Forest (332), Virginia (324), Miami (316) and Georgia Tech (305) ... had 2+ TD passes in five games including a season-high three versus both Notre Dame and Miami ... had eight completions of 40+ yards including a season-long 64-yard pass to WR Anthony Nash at Notre Dame ... logged 28 rushing attempts of 10+ yards including a season-long 29-yard effort against Virginia Tech ... had a season-high 21 carries against Army West Point ... rushed for 40+ yards in five contests and had 70+ yards versus Georgia Tech (73), Virginia Tech (99) and North Carolina (94) ... rushed for two TDs in three games against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and North Carolina ... other ground TD came versus N.C. Central ... engineered game-winning 10-play, 44-yard drive to set up K AJ Reed’s 19-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining in the fourth period as Duke defeated Notre Dame, 38-35 ... threw game-winning two-yard touchdown pass to TE Davis Koppenhaver with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter as the Blue Devils upended No. 15 North Carolina, 28-27 ... also against the Tar Heels, closed out a 13-play, 65-yard non-scoring drive that started at the Duke 2-yard line with a 28-yard punt downed at the North Carolina 6-yard line with 1:51 remaining in the fourth period ... in the ACC, ranked fourth in pass completions per game (22.50), fifth in pass completion percentage, sixth in total offensive yards per game (276.8), eighth in passing yards per game (236.3), eighth in total points responsible (138), tied for ninth in rushes of 10+ yards, 10th in passing TDs, 10th in pass efficiency, 10th in red zone rushing TDs (7), 12th in rushing TDs and 14th in rushing yards per attempt ... only starting QB in the ACC with zero INTs against nationally-ranked foes ... only starting QB in the ACC with zero INTs in the month of November ... nationally, ranked 15th in completions per game, 28th in completion percentage, 32nd in total offensive yards per game, 43rd in passing yards, 47th in passing yards per game and 54th in total points responsible ... nationally among freshmen, ranked first in pass completions, first in passing attempts, first in total offensive yards per game, second in total plays, third in pass completion percentage, fourth in total offensive yards, fifth in passing yards, fifth in passing yards per game, seventh in passing TDs, and seventh in pass efficiency rating ... set Duke single-game records for highest average yards per attempt by a freshman (12.60 vs. N.C. Central), highest pass efficiency rating by a freshman (216.51 vs. N.C. Central) and most total offensive plays by a freshman (67 vs. Wake Forest) ... matched school single-game records for most TD passes of 20+ yards (3 vs. Notre Dame) and highest pass completion percentage by a freshman (.750 vs. Notre Dame) ... on Duke’s single-game charts, weekly totals rank second for most offensive plays (67 vs. Wake Forest), tied for third for most TD passes of 20+ yards by a combination (with WR Anthony Nash; 2 vs. Notre Dame), fifth for passing efficiency (216.51 vs. N.C. Central), tied for fifth for most pass attempts without an INT (50 vs. Miami), tied for seventh for most offensive plays (64 vs. Miami), tied for ninth for pass completions (34 vs. Miami), tied for 10th for most pass attempts without an INT (46 vs. Pittsburgh), tied for 11th for most offensive plays (62 vs. Virginia) and tied for 11th in most pass attempts (54 vs. Virginia) ... set Duke single-season records for most passing yards by a freshman, highest pass completion percentage by a freshman, most TD passes by a freshman, most games with 20+ pass completions by a freshman, most games with 30+ pass completions by a freshman, most pass attempts by a freshman, most pass completions by a freshman, highest average yards per pass attempt by a freshman (6.60), highest pass efficiency rating by a freshman, most games with 100+ passing yards by a freshman (11), most games with 200+ passing yards by a freshman, most games with 300+ passing yards by a freshman, total TD responsibility by a freshman, most total offensive yards by a freshman and most total offensive plays by a freshman (571) ... on Duke’s single-season charts, yearly totals rank second for most total offensive plays, tied for second for most games with 30+ pass completions, tied for third for most games with 20+ pass completions, fourth for total offensive yards, tied for fourth for most games with 300+ passing yards, tied for fourth for TD passes of 20+ yards (9), fifth for total offensive yards per game, fifth for pass completion-to-INT ratio (30.00:1), fifth for pass attempt-to-INT ratio (47.78:1), tied for sixth for most games with 1+ TD pass (9), tied for sixth for most games with 100+ passing yards, seventh for pass completions, seventh for pass completion percentage, seventh for rushing yards by a QB, tied for seventh for most games with 2+ TD passes (5), tied for seventh for TD responsibility (23), ninth for passing yards, ninth for pass efficiency rating, tied for ninth for most games with 200+ passing yards, tied for ninth for rushing TDs by a QB, 10th for pass attempts, 10th for TD-to-INT ratio (1.78:1) and tied for 10th for TD passes ... only QB in the ACC to complete 15+ passes along with 1+ TD strike to three TEs (Erich Schneider [29 & 2], Daniel Helm [21 & 2] & Davis Koppenhaver [15 & 1]) ... first freshman to lead Duke in passing and total offensive yards since Thaddeus Lewis in 2006 ... became the second QB in Duke history to post 16+ passing TDs and 7+ rushing TDs in a single season, joining Thomas Sirk (2015) ... along with RBs Jela Duncan (450 & 6) and Shaun Wilson (623 & 4), member of a Duke ground game that was one of two in the ACC to have three players with 450+ yards and 4+ TDs on the year, joining Georgia Tech ... with Duncan and Wilson, became just the third trio in Duke history to post 450+ rushing yards and 4+ rushing TDs each in a season, joining Ace Parker (884 & 10), Jule Ward (594 & 4) and Elmore Hackney (521 & 5) in 1935 and Tom Davis (569 & 7), Steve Lach (532 & 7) and Winston Seigfried (459 & 14) in 1941 ... helped Duke finish the season as one of four ACC schools to complete at least 62 percent of its passes along with a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio, joining Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech ... part of a Duke offensive unit that was the lone ACC squad to have zero turnovers in the red zone in league action ... after throwing six TD passes against eight INTs through the first five weeks of the season, had 10 TD tosses versus just one INT over the final seven weeks ... on the field for 891 snaps.

2015: Did not see game action.

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