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Cutcliffe: Quentin Harris Ready To Step Up

We’ve rarely heard Coach Cut So Positive

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 08 Duke at Northwestern
 EVANSTON, IL - SEPTEMBER 08: Duke Blue Devils quarterback Quentin Harris (18) looks to pass in the 4th quarter during a college football game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Northwestern Wildcats on September 08, 2018, at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL. Duke won 21-7.
Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well David Cutcliffe sounds jazzed.

Duke has a lot of work to do to get ready for this football season and among other things must replace quarterback Daniel Jones and linebackers Ben Humphreys and Joe Giles-Harris.

Cutcliffe is both plain-spoken and player oriented. In other words, he’ll praise his guys, but honestly. So check out what he had to say about Jones’s replacement at QB, Quentin Harris. This is very striking:

“The thing that Quentin Harris didn’t have to do, he didn’t have to become a leader. He’s been a leader in our program. If you just heard him speak, you realize what type of young man he is. He speaks volumes of the character in our program...What people don’t understand is that’s just a small portion of completion percentage. Completion percentage is pre-snap reads. When you become a master of a pre-snap read, you have a much better chance of having a completion. You have post-snap reads where you know where you want to go. You not only know where and when, because it’s got to happen on time. You have to understand why I’m making certain throws. Quentin is brilliant, just plain and simple brilliant. You can coach him intellectually, you can coach him, he understands what the concepts are and what we’re trying to do.”

Cutcliffe has had several really good quarterbacks at Duke, not least of all Jones, but we don’t think we've ever heard him say something that strong about any other QB he’s had.

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