Duke Football will reportedly say goodbye to redshirt senior quarterback Daniel Jones as well as redshirt junior linebacker Joe Giles-Harris as the two have told coach David Cutcliffe that they will both forgo their respective junior and senior seasons and submit themselves into the NFL Draft. . These two were incredible players for Duke who gave us their whole hearts and will not be soon forgotten. The NFL is gaining two great players and amazing young men.
Daniel Jones came in to Duke as a backup to QB Thomas Sirk after a hand injury derailed his recruiting process, however was thrust into the starting position when Sirk went down in 2016. From there, Jones would grow to become one of Duke’s most successful QBs as well as a highly touted NFL prospect. His journey has been one for the ages and we’re proud to say he’s part of our Duke family.
Joe Giles-Harris has been one of the main components to Duke’s defense for multiple years. He was selected as an All-American last year and first team All-ACC this year as well as 2017. Giles-Harris did not participate in the last four games of the season this year for Duke, held back by a knee injury, but that isn’t expected to be a factor for NFL teams scouting him. We’ve been very lucky to have him here at Duke.
The last four years of my life have been some of the best. It has been a blessing and privilege to wear Duke blue and represent this great university,” Giles-Harris said in a statement. “After much thought, I have decided to forgo my last year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft to pursue my lifelong dream of playing professional football. Thank you to Duke University, Dr. (Kevin) White, Coach Cutcliffe, the entire Duke football staff and Blue Devil fans for providing me with an unforgettable experience. I’d also like to thank my family for their continuous love and support throughout this journey. If it were not for them, I would not be the man I am. Finally, I give all glory to God because without Him, none of this would be possible!Joe Giles-Harris
Bleed blue. Congratulations to Joe and Daniel! We wish them the best in their future endeavors.