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Duke Football Position by Position - Quarterback

After Thomas Sirk went down early, quarterback was a huge question. Not anymore.

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NCAA Football: Duke at Pittsburgh
Nov 19, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones (17) warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. 
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Daniel Jones (6'5" 215) was thrown into the briar patch last year when Thomas Sirk suffered an Achilles tendon injury and Jones went from understudy to starter in the blink of an eye. Unsurprisingly, Jones struggled early, throwing eight interceptions in his first five games before righting the ship with only one interception over the final seven games of the season.

The situation this season is completely different with Jones starting camp as the returning starter and leader of the offense. During the ACC’s Football Kickoff in Charlotte, head Coach David Cutcliffe stated Jones is physically bigger and faster than a year ago, the Xs and Os are better and confidence and leadership are better.

How high is Daniel Jones' ceiling?

Unknown at this time, but we will get a glimpse starting on September 2nd against North Carolina Central University.

The real preview will come the following two weeks when Duke hosts Northwestern, followed by Baylor. Jones' performances against those two Power 5 Conference opponents will be telling.

When Duke travels to Chapel Hill to take on rival North Carolina on September 23rd, everyone should have an idea about how good Daniel Jones and the Duke offense can be in 2017.

Cutcliffe has coached a long line of NFL quarterbacks including Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning, as well as former Blue Devils Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree. All early indications point toward Jones being the next.

How much can Jones accomplish in college over the next three seasons? That’s easy: Jones is capable of leading Duke football to the next level.

After throwing for 2,836 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and rushing for an additional 486 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, Jones has been named to the 2017 preseason watch list for both the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. The Maxwell Award recognizes the nation's best player while the Davey O'Brien Award honors the nation's best quarterback.

Jones will look to improve on his freshman season where he racked up impressive statistics but only four wins. Those statistics include 3,322 yards of total offense which is the most ever by a freshman at Duke; four games with 300 yards passing; 28 rushing attempts of 10+ yards; eight pass completions of 40+ yards.

Jones is one of two returning ACC quarterbacks with 2,500+ passing yards, 15+ passing TDs, 450+ rushing yards and 5+ rushing TDs. He is riding a streak of 173 pass attempts without an interception.

The only statistic Jones is focused on is increasing the number of wins.

Moving on to the depth chart:

Quentin Harris (6'1" 195): redshirt sophomore who has moved up on the depth chart to the number two slot. Harris played in one game in 2016.

Parker Boehme (6'2" 220): experienced redshirt senior who has played 224 snaps in 18 games with one starting assignment. Boehme has thrown four touchdown passes against one interception in his career. He also has six rushing touchdowns.

Chris Katrenick (6'3" 210): a true freshman from Algonquin, IL. Katrenick is a consensus three star recruit and rated the number 34 pocket passer in the nation by ESPN.

Daniel Karlin (6'3" 210): a true freshman from Providence, RI. Karlin is a preferred walk-on.

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