2018: Returning starting tight end ... preseason All-ACC selection by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd team) and Athlon Sports (3rd) ... candidate for the John Mackey Award, an honor presented annually to the top tight end in the nation by the Friends of John Mackey ... joined the program in January, 2015, after transferring from the University of Tennessee and did not play in 2015 due to NCAA transfer regulations ... in 38 career collegiate games (15 starts), has 49 pass receptions for 533 yards (10.88) and four TDs ... in 25 career games (13 starts) at Duke, has 43 receptions for 496 yards (11.54) and four TDs ... at Duke, has 12 games with 2+ receptions including a career-high six catches against Georgia Tech in 2016 and 11 games with 20+ receiving yards including a career-best 73 yards versus Northern Illinois in 2017 ... has played 1,549 career snaps at Duke ... pairs with Davis Koppenhaver to form a TE duo with combined career totals of 84 receptions, 849 yards and nine TDs ... among active TEs in the ACC, enters the 2018 season ranking fourth in both total pass receptions and receiving yards ... one of two active TEs in the ACC to have registered 20+ pass receptions, 200+ receiving yards and 2+ TD catches in each of the past two seasons, joining Boston College’s Tommy Sweeney ... in May, 2018, joined 10 teammates on a mission trip to Guatemala for a Habitat for Humanity initiative.
2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, an honor presented annually to offensive, defensive and developmental program members for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... started all 13 games ... caught 22 passes for 261 yards (11.86) and two TDs ... had seven games with 2+ receptions including a season-high five catches against Northern Illinois ... had four games with 20+ receiving yards including a season-best 73 yards versus Northern Illinois ... led Duke in both catches and receiving yardage in the Quick Lane Bowl victory over Northern Illinois ... posted single-game TD receptions against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest ... over the final three games, carded 10 receptions for 155 yards and two TDs as Duke secured victories over Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Northern Illinois ... coupled with teammates Davis Koppenhaver (3) and Noah Gray (2) to form the only TE trio in the ACC with multiple receiving TDs each ... paired with Koppenhaver (17-154-3) to form the lone TE duo in the ACC to post 15+ receptions, 150+ receiving yards and 2+ TDs apiece ... on the field for 929 snaps.
2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: Played in all 12 games ... caught 21 passes for 235 yards (11.19) and two TDs ... had five games with 2+ receptions including a season-high six grabs at Georgia Tech ... had seven games with 20+ receiving yards including a season-high 72 at Georgia Tech ... both receiving TDs came at Georgia Tech covering 23 and seven yards from QB Daniel Jones ... had three catches against both Northwestern and Pittsburgh ... closed the season with 13 receptions for 153 yards and two TDs over the final five weeks ... teamed with fellow TEs Davis Koppenhaver (17-157-2) and Erich Schneider (30-269-3) to combine for 68 receptions for 661 yards and seven TDs ... on the field for 620 snaps.
2015: Did not see game action due to NCAA transfer regulations.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Enrolled at the University of Tennessee in January, 2014 ... played in all 12 regular season games with two starting assignments for the Volunteers in 2014 ... finished the year with six receptions for 37 yards (6.17) and one two-point conversion at Georgia ... hauled in first career reception in season-opener against Utah State ... had season highs of two receptions and 16 yards against Florida ... recipient of Tennessee’s Alstom Power Excellence in Engineering Endowment ... lettered at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill., for coach Dan Rourke ... a consensus top-10 tight end recruit; ranked No. 1 by Rivals.com, No. 3 by Scout.com, No. 4 by 247Sports.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com ... after senior year, was selected to play in 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... named to the MaxPreps 2013 All-America second team ... a second team all-state pick by the Chicago Tribune in 2013 ... set the Glenwood career record with 35 receiving TDs ... caught 35 passes for 565 yards and 13 TDs as a senior ... used on defense as a strong safety and recorded 68 tackles, an INT and four pass breakups during final campaign ... helped Titans to an 8-3 record and trip to the second round of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) 5A playoffs as a senior ... during junior year, had 44 receptions for 821 yards with 17 TDs ... Glenwood finished 9-3 as a junior and advanced to the quarterfinals of the IHSA state playoffs ... also lettered in basketball.
PERSONAL: Born April 20, 1995 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2018, with a degree in mechanical engineering ... currently pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management ... married to the former Miranda Esperum of Chatham, Ill. (May 28, 2016) ... son of Steve and Christy Helm.