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Daniel Jones is the 6th Overall Pick to NYG

DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the New York Giants with the sixth overall pick.

“I can’t have enough praise for Daniel, his family or the process he went through to make a decision to bypass a last year here,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said.  “Anytime you make a decision that is something you really want to do, you make a right decision. There’s a joy in watching players who have worked hard and been committed to the process. Daniel Jones embraces something we believe in here – real swag is no swag.”

Jones, a 6-5, 220-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., attended the NFL Draft in Nashville. He is the highest Blue Devil draft pick since Mike Junkinwent fifth overall to the Cleveland Browns in 1987, and just the seventh Duke player to be selected in the opening round of the draft. Jones is the 14th Duke draft pick by the Giants and the first since Drew Strojny was a seventh round choice in 2004. Jones is also the first Blue Devil quarterback to be chosen in the NFL Draft since Sean Renfree went in the seventh round to the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.

                              A two-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player, Jones played in and started 36 career games with the Blue Devils and completed 764 of 1,275 (.599) passes for 8,201 yards with 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions while rushing 406 times for 1,323 yards and 17 scores.

“He is big, intelligent and has a terrific arm,” Cutcliffe added. “His work ethic and commitment to excellence is right along those same lines. He has a focus on his job and he doesn’t distract easily. He is thirsty for this. It’s refreshing that Daniel’s passion is not money, but success as a player. I’ve never seen him lose his focus.”

Jones closed his career holding Duke all-time records for touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.79), pass completion-to-interception ratio (26.34), pass attempt-to-interception ratio (43.97) and pass attempts per game (35.42). In addition, on Duke’s all-time charts he ranks second in pass completion percentage, second in pass completions per game (21.22), second in most games with multiple touchdown passes (16), second in total offensive yards (9,524), second in TD responsibility (52 passing and 17 rushing), tied for second in games with 30 or more pass completions (5), tied for second in 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback (2), third in passing yards per game (227.81), third in TD passes, third in rushing TDs by a quarterback, tied for third in most games with three or more TD passes (6), third in TD passes of 20 or more yards (27), third in games with 20 or more pass completions (20), third in rushing yards by a quarterback, fourth in pass efficiency rating (122.86), tied for fourth in 300-yard passing games (9), fifth in passing yards, fifth in pass completions, fifth in pass attempts and tied for 14th in rushing TDs.

In 2018, Jones completed 237 of 392 (.605) passes for 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 319 yards and three TDs on 104 attempts.  The regular season was highlighted by a pair of ACC Quarterback of the Week citations following wins over Northwestern and North Carolina.  In the triumph over the Tar Heels, his third as Duke’s starting quarterback, Jones threw for 361 yards while rushing for 186 yards to post the fifth-highest single-game offensive yardage total (547) in ACC history, also the most by a Blue Devil in a single contest. He capped the season by earning Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Offensive Player of the Game honors after leading Duke to a 56-27 win over Temple thanks to a bowl-record 423 passing yards and six total touchdowns (5 passing and 1 rushing).

 The selection of Jones is Duke’s first NFL Draft pick since Laken Tomlinson (first round) and Jamison Crowder (fourth round) were chosen in 2015.

Duke First Round NFL Draft Picks

Year       Pick        Player                                   Team                                     Position

1940       2              George McAfee                Philadelphia Eagles          RB

1942       4              Steve Lach                           Chicago Cardinals             B

1965       14           Mike Curtis                         Baltimore Colts                 LB

1967       18           Bob Matheson                  Cleveland Browns            LB

1987       5              Mike Junkin                        Cleveland Browns            LB

2015       28           Laken Tomlinson              Detroit Lions                      G

2019       6              Daniel Jones                      New York Giants              QB

Duke Football Spring Showcase Set

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Football program will hold its annual Spring Showcase at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, April 5 at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Admission to the event is open to the public and free of charge.

Following the showcase, at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Blue Devils will hold a meet and greet with the student-athletes and coaches on the field. At around 8:45 p.m., Duke will host a Family Movie Night at Wallace Wade Stadium, showing Remember the Titans. Fans are encouraged to bring a blanket and sit on the field or in a stadium seat to watch a movie on the video board. No chairs are allowed on the playing field.

Duke is coming off an 8-5 campaign that included a victory over Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. The Blue Devils return 50 lettermen and 15 starters with head coach David Cutcliffe entering his 12th season in Durham.

For the Spring Showcase, the Science Drive Garage (no tailgating) and Grounds Lot (ADA Parking and Blue Devil Tower guests) parking lots will open at 5 p.m. The Bostock Gate (North) and Powers Gate (West) will open at 6 p.m. with all seating on the west side of the stadium. Highlights inside the venue for the showcase include:

  • Open seating will be available on the west side of the stadium, in the blue chairback seats
  • Concessions will be open and Duke Merchandise will be on sale
  • Interactive inflatable games will be set up on the concourse throughout the event
  • Face painters will be on hand during the event
  • Duke Ticket Office will be on hand to answer any questions

Live coverage will be provided on ACC Network Extra, starting at 6:30 p.m. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting GoDuke.com/Footballtix or by calling the Duke Athletics Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE (2583).

Duke Football Preps for Spring Practice

DURHAM, N.C. – Under the direction of head coach David Cutcliffe, the Duke football team will open spring practice on Friday, March 1 at the Brooks Practice Facility. Under NCAA regulations, the Blue Devils will have 15 practice sessions including the program’s annual Spring Showcase scheduled for Friday, April 5.

Duke returns 15 starters and 50 lettermen from last year’s squad that went 8-5 and capped the campaign with a 56-27 victory over Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

Cutcliffe has guided the Blue Devils to six bowl game appearances in the last seven years while this past season, Duke earned its fifth winning campaign in the last six years and picked up the program’s third consecutive bowl victory.

On offense, All-ACC running back Deon Jackson headlines a group of four returning starters including three offensive linemen.  In 2018, Jackson rushed for 847 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 26 passes for an additional 253 yards and two scores.  On October 27 at Pittsburgh, the rising junior established a school single-game record with 403 all-purpose yards while becoming just the third player in ACC history to top the 400-yard plateau.  Up front, guard Rakavius Chambers, tackle Robert Kraeling and center Jack Wohlabaugh return after playing 818, 955 and 828 total snaps, respectively, a season ago.

Duke must replace seven offensive starters including quarterback Daniel Jones, who amassed 9,524 total offensive yards in three years prior to forgoing his final season of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.  Rising redshirt senior Quentin Harris returns having played in 23 career games and guided the Blue Devils to wins over Baylor and N.C. Central last fall while Jones missed action due to injury.  In his career, Harris has thrown for 510 yards and eight touchdowns against just one interception while rushing for 275 yards and seven scores.  Rising redshirt sophomore Chris Katrenick and rising redshirt freshman Gunnar Holmberg also return with limited playing experience to their credit.

Defensively, eight starters return including all four linemen and All-ACC safety Dylan Singleton, who posted 73 tackles in 10 games in 2018 before suffering a season-ending injury versus North Carolina.  In addition, Duke brings back tackle Edgar Cerenord, who has played in 41 career games but suffered a season-ending Achilles injury at Georgia Tech on October 13, as the Miami, Fla., native was awarded a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.  The Blue Devils must replace a pair of all-star linebackers in Joe Giles-Harris (313 career tackles; two-time All-ACC; All-America in 2017) and Ben Humphreys (274 career tackles; two-time All-ACC).

Four members of Duke’s 2019 Signing Class – defensive back Jalen Alexander, defensive back Tony Davis, wide receiver Darrell Harding Jr. and offensive lineman Jacob Monk – enrolled in January and will participate in spring drills.

The Blue Devils open the 2019 season on Saturday, August 31 in Atlanta, Ga., against Alabama. Duke’s home games for the upcoming campaign include dates with North Carolina A&T, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Miami. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting

2019 Duke Football Schedule Announced

DURHAM, N.C. -- Six total home dates, 11 contests against 2018 bowl teams and two tilts versus a pair of College Football Playoff participants from season ago highlight the 2019 Duke football schedule released on Wednesday by the ACC office.

Duke opens the 2019 campaign in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Alabama on Saturday, August 31 in Atlanta, Ga.  The Blue Devils will continue non-conference action in each of the next two weeks with games at home versus North Carolina A&T (September 7) and on the road at Middle Tennessee (September 14).

Following the season’s first of two open dates, the Blue Devils begin ACC play at Virginia Tech on Friday, September 27.  The month of October includes home tilts with Pittsburgh (October 5) and Georgia Tech (October 12) followed by road trips to face Virginia (October 19) and North Carolina (October 26).

November begins with an open date on November 2 and features three home contests against Notre Dame (November 9; TV: ACC Network), Syracuse (November 16) and Miami (November 30) along with a road game at Wake Forest (November 23).

Duke’s 12 opponents combined for a 2018 overall record of 98-59 (.624) and includes four squads that won 10-plus games (Alabama [14], North Carolina A&T [10], Notre Dame [12] & Syracuse [10]), three teams that captured division crowns of their respective conferences (Alabama [SEC West], Middle Tennessee [C-USA East] & Pittsburgh [ACC Coastal]) and two league champions (Alabama [SEC] & North Carolina A&T [MEAC]).

Tickets for the Duke-Alabama game are currently available at GoDuke.com/Footballtix. Season tickets will be available in early February.

2019 Duke Football Schedule

AUGUST

31 – *vs. Alabama (14-1; defeated Oklahoma, 45-34, in Capital One Orange Bowl/CFP Semifinal; lost to Clemson, 44-16, in CFP National Championship presented by AT&T)

SEPTEMBER

7 – NORTH CAROLINA A&T (10-2; defeated Alcorn State, 24-22, in Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl)

14 – at Middle Tennessee (8-6; lost to Appalachian State, 45-13, in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl)

21 – Open date

27 – at Virginia Tech (6-7; lost to Cincinnati, 35-31, in Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman)

OCTOBER

5 – PITTSBURGH (7-7; lost to Stanford, 14-13, in Hyundai Sun Bowl)

12 – GEORGIA TECH (7-6; lost to Minnesota, 34-10, in Quick Lane Bowl)

19 – at Virginia (8-5; defeated South Carolina, 28-0, in Belk Bowl)

26 – at North Carolina (2-9)

NOVEMBER

2 – Open date

9 – NOTRE DAME (12-1; lost to Clemson, 30-3, in Goodyear Cotton Classic/CFP Semifinal)

16 – SYRACUSE (10-3; defeated West Virginia, 34-18, in Camping World Bowl)

23 – at Wake Forest (7-6; defeated Memphis, 37-34, in Jared Birmingham Bowl)

30 – MIAMI (7-6, lost to Wisconsin, 35-3, in New Era Pinstripe Bowl)

*Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Mercedes Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.)

Daniel Jones to Enter NFL Draft

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University quarterback Daniel Jones will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2019 National Football League draft. The Charlotte, N.C., native graduated from Duke this month with a degree in economics.

“Without a doubt, we are excited for Daniel and his decision to enter the upcoming NFL Draft and could not be happier for him and his family,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “Daniel has been a cornerstone of our program and leaves with our full support. It has been a privilege to coach him, but the best part about Daniel is he’s an even better young man than he is a football player. The bottom line is he’s a special person and we’ll miss him greatly.”

A two-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player, Jones played in and started 36 career games with the Blue Devils and completed 764 of 1,275 (.599) passes for 8,201 yards with 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions while rushing 406 times for 1,323 yards and 17 scores.

Jones closes his career holding Duke all-time records for touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.79), pass completion-to-interception ratio (26.34), pass attempt-to-interception ratio (43.97) and pass attempts per game (35.42). In addition, on Duke’s all-time charts he ranks second in pass completion percentage, second in pass completions per game (21.22), second in most games with multiple touchdown passes (16), second in total offensive yards (9,524), second in TD responsibility (52 passing and 17 rushing), tied for second in games with 30 or more pass completions (5), tied for second in 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback (2), third in passing yards per game (227.81), third in TD passes, third in rushing TDs by a quarterback, tied for third in most games with three or more TD passes (6), third in TD passes of 20 or more yards (27), third in games with 20 or more pass completions (20), third in rushing yards by a quarterback, fourth in pass efficiency rating (122.86), tied for fourth in 300-yard passing games (9), fifth in passing yards, fifth in pass completions, fifth in pass attempts and tied for 14th in rushing TDs.

In 2018, Jones completed 237 of 392 (.605) passes for 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 319 yards and three TDs on 104 attempts. The regular season was highlighted by a pair of ACC Quarterback of the Week citations following wins over Northwestern and North Carolina. In the triumph over the Tar Heels, his third as Duke’s starting quarterback, Jones threw for 361 yards while rushing for 186 yards to post the fifth-highest single-game offensive yardage total (547) in ACC history, also the most by a Blue Devil in a single contest. He capped the season by earning Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Offensive Player of the Game honors after leading Duke to a 56-27 win over Temple thanks to a bowl-record 423 passing yards and six total touchdowns (5 passing and 1 rushing).

Jones was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl after compiling 338 yards of total offense and accounting for three touchdowns (2 passing and 1 rushing) in a 36-14 victory over Northern Illinois.

Duke concluded the 2018 season with an 8-5 overall record after defeating Temple, 56-27, in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl during the Blue Devils' sixth bowl appearance in the past seven years.

Duke will return three quarterbacks for the 2019 season including rising redshirt senior Quentin Harris, redshirt sophomore Chris Katrenick and redshirt freshman Gunnar Holmberg. The Blue Devils open the campaign on August 31 against Alabama in Atlanta, Ga., in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

STATEMENT FROM DANIEL JONES

After careful deliberation with family, close friends and coaches, I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL draft.

Growing up in Charlotte, I watched Coach Cutcliffe transform the Duke Football program into a true force within the ACC with annual bowl eligibility and championship expectations. It became my dream to play for him and the Duke program, and these last four years have surpassed my every expectation. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to graduate from one of the most respected academic institutions in the world while growing and maturing through a football experience that taught me far more than the game itself.

To the Duke Football fans, thank you for your support of our team and of me individually as a player. The opportunity to represent you on and off the field was a tremendous honor and is something I will treasure for a lifetime.

To my teammates, I would like to say thank you to each one of you. Every single player I have had the honor to share the locker room with has taught me something. I am forever grateful for the brotherhood, friendship and support. Thank you for allowing me the honor of being your quarterback.

To Dr. White and our athletic administration, football coaches, strength coaches, sports medicine staff, equipment staff and the academic staff, thank you all for all you all have done for me over my time at Duke. Your care and support for the student-athletes is what makes our program special.

To Coach Cutcliffe, thank you for giving me a chance to play for Duke University. Your support and guidance over these four years has meant the world to me. Thank you for the role you have played in my development as both a player and as a person. I will forever be indebted to you for this opportunity.

I look forward to representing Duke University and Duke Football for the rest of my life, and will do my best to make you all proud.

Duke Football Adds Talent on Signing Day

Duke Football adds new prospects, all of which have all signed to play in Durham next season.

Jalen Alexander DB 5-11 165 Loganville, Ga. Grayson
Jalon Calhoun WR 5-11 182 Greenville, S.C. Southside
Ron Carr OL 6-4 250 Solon, Ohio Solon
DeWayne Carter DL 6-3 290 Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington Central
Jaylen Coleman RB 6-1 195 Matthews, N.C. Porter Ridge
Ahmad Craig DL 6-5 250 Buford, Ga. Buford
Tony Davis DB 6-2 190 Gastonia, N.C. Hunter Huss
John Gelotte OL 6-5 290 Moore, S.C. Dorman
Charlie Ham K 6-1 180 Atlanta, Ga. The Westminster School
Darrell Harding Jr. WR 6-4 200 Winter Garden, Fla. West Orange
Isaiah Kemp DB 6-1 180 Wilmington, N.C. John T. Hoggard
Jacob Monk OL 6-3 299 Clayton, N.C. Corinth Holders
R.J. Oben DL 6-4 240 Montclair, N.J. St. Peters
Caleb Oppan DL 6-4 220 Kennesaw, Ga. North Cobb
Eli Pancol WR 6-3 195 Pendleton, Ind. Pendleton Heights
Christian Rorie DL 6-6 270 Raleigh, N.C. Enloe
Matt Smith TE 6-4 220 Needham, Mass. Needham
Sayyid Stevens LB 6-2 220 Midway, Ga. Calvary Baptist Day School
Jordan Waters DB 6-1 205 Lumberton, N.C. Fairmont
Elijah Wroten OL 6-3 310 Oreland, Pa.