Former Blue Devil safety Jeffrey Faris joined the Duke staff in July of 2012 and coaches the wide receivers. Faris served as a graduate assistant coach, working primarily with the offense, for the 2012 and 2013 seasons before being promoted to assistant coach in March of 2014.
The 2015 season featured the emergence of Max McCaffrey as Duke’s top receiving target as the senior wideout caught 52 passes for 643 yards and five touchdowns – all team-highs for the season. McCaffrey finished his career with 117 receptions for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns. Rookie T.J. Rahming and redshirt junior Anthony Nash complemented McCaffrey by catching 43 and 32 passes, respectively. Rahming flourished on Duke’s trip to Charlottesville, Va., as the Powder Springs, Ga., native set Duke freshman single-game records for pass receptions (12) and receiving yardage (190) against the Cavaliers. Nash enjoyed his best season in Durham by averaging a team-high 14.8 yards per reception and posting a pair of 100-yard games against Pittsburgh (101) and Virginia (104) in consecutive weeks.
In 2014, Faris guided senior Jamison Crowder to a record-breaking finish to the Monroe, N.C., native’s career. Crowder ended his career with 283 receptions to match the Duke and ACC career records previously set by former teammate Conner Vernon. Crowder’s 3,641 receiving yards marked the second most by a Blue Devil rank third in ACC history, behind only Vernon (3,749) and Florida State’s Rashad Greene (3,830). In addition, Crowder joined Duke’s Clarkston Hines (1987-89) as the only ACC players with three 1,000-yard seasons and finished as the only player in ACC history to catch 100 or more passes in a season (108 receptions in 2013).
Crowder was a fourth round choice of the Washington Redskins in the 2015 NFL Draft, becoming Duke’s first wide receiver selected since Hines went in the ninth round to the Buffalo Bills in 1990.
Also in 2014, wideout Issac Blakeney turned in his best year as a Blue Devil and caught 47 passes for 559 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns. Blakeney agreed to terms with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers following the season.
Faris will oversee this year’s wide receiving unit, which will be led by senior Max McCaffrey, who caught 37 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns last season. Last year’s wideouts helped Duke average 32.38 points per game. It marked the first time in program history averaging 30.00 or more points for three straight years.
In 2013, Faris worked alongside Scottie Montgomery with Duke’s wide receivers as the Blue Devil offense ranked among ACC leaders in scoring (5th; 32.8 ppg), total offense (4th; 426.1 ypg), rushing offense (5th; 178.0 ypg) and passing offense (6th; 248.1 ypg). On its way to the ACC Coastal Division championship, the 2013 Duke squad set a school record for total points (459) while becoming the first team in school history to post 25-plus rushing touchdowns and 25-plus passing touchdowns in the same season.
Faris graduated from Duke in 2011 with a degree in economics. In 2009, he earned the Mike Suglia Award, an honor presented annually to the sophomore member of the Duke football program who best exemplifies the academic and athletic qualities of the late Mike Suglia.
In 2011, Faris received the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award which is presented each season to a Duke player who displays the traits of a true teammate — character, unselfishness, compassion and pride. In the spring of 2011, Faris was honored by the ACC with a Top 6 For Service award.
Faris, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., earned a master’s degree in economics from Duke in 2012 and a master’s degree in Christian studies in 2013.