Durham, N.C. – It’s not that often that a freshman can step on the football field and produce record numbers in their first season. Conner Vernon is an exception. Coming off another great performance against Virginia where he caught a key touchdown pass, Vernon addressed the media for the first time this season during Duke’s weekly press conference.
Vernon leads the ACC in catches and is third in yards per game, but let’s not forget that he is third in the league in touchdown receptions as well. There is more – Conner is the second leading reciever in the NCAA among freshman in both receptions and yards per game. Want more? Vernon already has the most receptions of any Duke freshman in history, he’s 16 yards away from passing Walter Jones [ex New England Patriot] and his 128 yard game versus Virginia Tech is the fourth most yards of any true freshman.
Vernon talked of how he ended up at Duke, the upcoming UNC game and handling expectations just an hour ago and you can hear his comments for yourself thanks to BDN Audio. It’s worth noting that Cutcliffe said he has never coached a freshman that put up these kind of numbers and said Vernon could well make some All ACC teams based on performance. Enjoy the chat –