Duke quarterback Daniel Jones said Monday that he will bypass his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL draft.
Jones is considered to be a probable first-round draft pick. He passed for 8,201 yards and 52 touchdowns against 29 interceptions in three seasons with the Blue Devils.
“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,” Jones said in a statement released by Duke. “Growing up in Charlotte, I watched Coach (David) 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.”
Jones passed for 2,674 yards and 22 touchdowns against nine interceptions in 2018. He also rushed for three touchdowns to raise his career count in that category to 17.
Jones completed his Duke career by passing for 423 yards and five touchdowns against two interceptions in Thursday’s 56-27 victory over Temple in the Independence Bowl.
Jones was not the only Duke player to announce his intentions on Monday. Linebacker Joe Giles-Harris also declared that he is skipping his senior season and entering the draft.
Giles-Harris had 80 tackles this season and 312 in his career. He was a first-team All-ACC selection in each of the past two seasons.
“Congratulations to Joe for putting himself in a position to continue his football career,” Cutcliffe said in a statement. “We are thrilled for him and his family as this opportunity presents itself. We could not be more appreciative of Joe’s commitment and dedication as he has represented our program both on and off the field to the highest degree.
“Two-time first-team All-ACC linebackers don’t come around very often and while Joe will be missed, we wish him the best of luck.”
–Field Level Media