Today we’ll continue our look at ACC quarterbacks by focusing in on the signal callers in the Coastal Division. As the numbers will show, if football games were decided by quarterback play alone, then the Hokies would be the Coastal Division favorite heading into the 2018 season.
We’ll start with Duke, and then proceed in alphabetical order. Note: all stats are from sports-reference.com.
After watching Daniel Jones play in 2016, I, and many others, were convinced that he was going to have a breakout season as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. However, he didn’t make as much progress as people envisioned. Here are his season numbers…
Passing: 257-of-453 (56.7%) for 2,691 yards, 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions
Rushing: 161 carries, 518 yards, 3.2 ypc, 7 TDs
Jones had roughly the same number of attempts in 2016 and 2017 (430 to 453), but his completion percentage dropped by about 6%, and his touchdown-to-interception ration went from 16:9 to 14:11. A famous saying in college football is that players improve the most between their freshman and sophomore seasons. That certainly wasn’t the case with Jones.
However, the physical tools are still there for Jones, who is going into his third season as Duke’s starter. He has a good enough arm, and with over...
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