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Joe

Giles-Harris

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#44

Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240
Year: Redshirt Junior
City/State: Nyack, N.Y.
High School: St. Joseph Regional [N.J.]

Bio

Career Statistics

2018: Returning starting weakside linebacker ... preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports (2nd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd) ... unanimous preseason first team All-ACC pick by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and Street & Smith’s College Football Yearbook ... listed by Lindy’s Sports as the No. 3 outside linebacker in the nation ... charted as the No. 15 linebacker and the No. 99 overall player in the country by Sports Illustrated ... member of Duke LB unit ranked No. 1 in the ACC by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... candidate for the Bednarik Award, an honor presented annually to the top defensive player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club ... candidate for the Butkus Award, an honor presented annually to the top linebacker in the nation by the Butkus Foundation ... one of two returning players nationally to have posted 125+ tackles and 15.0+ TFL a season ago, joining Joe Dineen of Kansas ... enters the 2018 season as one of eight active players nationally with 200+ tackles, 20.0+ TFL and 8.0+ sacks, joining Idaho’s Kaden Elliss, Akron’s Ulysees Gilbert, San Jose State’s Frank Ginda, New Mexico State’s Terrill Hanks, Iowa State’s Willie Harvey, Duke’s Ben Humphreys and Hawai’i’s Jahlani Tavai ... in 25 career games (25 starts), has 232 tackles, 25.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, two INTs, six PBUs, one caused fumble, one fumble recovery and 13 QB pressures ... has 24 games with 4+ tackles including a career-high 16 stops against North Carolina in 2016 ... has 10 career games with 10+ tackles ... owns career average of 10.56 tackles per game versus ACC opponents (169 tackles in 16 games) ... has multiple TFL in six games including a career-high 3.5 stops for lost yardage against Virginia in 2017 ... enters the 2018 season having carded 2+ tackles in 25 consecutive games and 6+ tackles in 17 consecutive contests ... has played 1,688 career snaps ... pairs with Ben Humphreys (207) to provide Duke with the only active duo in the ACC to have 200+ tackles each ... couples with Humphreys (1,934) and Koby Quansah (798) to form a LB trio with 4,420 combined snaps of experience ... one of four Duke defensive players with 1,200+ career snaps of experience, joining LB Humphreys (1,934), S Jeremy McDuffie (1,302) and CB Mark Gilbert (1,262) ... among active players in the ACC, enters the 2018 campaign ranking first in total tackles and tied for fourth in tackle for loss ... aiming to become the third player in Duke history to record 100+ tackles in freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, joining Carl McGee (1975-76-77) and Erwin Sampson (1988-89-90) ... biding to become just the third Duke LB since 1990 to record multiple seasons with 100+ tackles and 11.0+ TFL, joining Ryan Fowler (2002-03) and Michael Tauiliili (2007-08) ... sits 68 tackles and 4.5 TFL shy of becoming the fifth player in Blue Devil history to amass 300+ tackles and 30.0+ TFL, joining Mike Junkin (513 tackles & 36.0 TFL; 1984-87), Fowler (495 tackles & 47.5 TFL; 2000-03), Tauiliili (434 tackles & 46.0 TFL; 2005-08) and Jeremy Cash (333 tackles & 38.0 TFL; 2013-15).

2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017: 
All-America selection by Walter Camp Foundation (2nd team), CBS Sports (3rd), Phil Steele (3rd) and College Football News (HM) ... first team All-ACC pick ... recipient of the program’s Carmen Falcone MVP award as Duke’s most outstanding player as well as the Vincent Rey Award as the team’s top linebacker ... ACC Player of the Week honoree following performance at Virginia ... started all 13 games ... compiled 125 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, one INT, four PBUs, one caused fumble and nine QB pressures ... in the ACC, ranked third in total tackles, third in tackles per game (9.62), fourth in TFL and fourth in TFL per game (1.23) ... led all ACC LBs in TFL ... nationally, ranked 19th in tackles per game and tied for 28th in TFL per game ... tackle total matched the 29th-highest single-season total in Duke history ... TFL total equaled the 10th-best single-season total in Blue Devil history ... became the first player in Duke history to register 125+ tackles and 16.0+ TFL in a single campaign ... became the third player in school history to record 100+ tackles in both freshman and sophomore seasons, joining Carl McGee (1975-76) and Erwin Sampson (1988-89) ... one of three players nationally to post 125+ tackles and 15.0+ TFL, joining Joe Dineen of Kansas and Dalton Herrington of New Mexico State ... posted 10+ tackles in five weeks including a season-high 15 stops at Virginia ... added 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, one PBU, one caused fumble and two QB pressures against the Cavaliers ... also reached double figures versus Baylor (12), Virginia Tech (11), Army West Point (10) and Georgia Tech (14) ... logged nine stops against Miami and Florida State ... had 6+ tackles in all 13 games and 8+ stops in 11 weeks ... recorded multiple TFL against N.C. Central (2.0), Baylor (2.5), North Carolina (1.5), Virginia and Pittsburgh (3.0) ... had at least one TFL in 10 games ... lone INT of the season came versus Baylor ... coupled with teammates Tre Hornbuckle (9.5), Mike Ramsay (9.5) and Ben Humphreys (9.0) to make Duke one of four teams in the ACC to have 4+ players with 9.0+ TFL, joining Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech ... on the field for 855 snaps.

2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: 
First team Freshman All-America pick by Athlon Sports, Campus Insiders and USA Today ... honorable mention All-ACC pick by both the head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... first team Freshman All-ACC pick by Athlon Sports ... Academic All-ACC selection ... ACC Linebacker of the Week following the win over North Carolina ... finished second in the balloting for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... co-recipient with Ben Humphreys of the program’s Vincent Rey Award as Duke’s most outstanding linebacker ... started all 12 games ... recorded 107 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, one INT, two PBUs, one fumble recovery and four QB pressures ... in the ACC, ranked fourth in tackles per game (8.97) and ninth in total tackles ... led all ACC rookies in total tackles ... nationally, ranked tied for 40th in tackles per game ... among freshmen nationally, ranked second in tackles per game, trailing only Bryan London of Texas State ... on Duke’s single-season charts, posted the third-highest total for tackles by a freshman and the fifth-best total for TFL by a freshman ... had 4+ tackles in 11 games ... averaged 11.0 tackles per game in ACC play ... reached double figures in tackles against North Carolina (16), Wake Forest (15), Miami (13), Virginia Tech (13) and Virginia (12) ... averaged an ACC-best 12.00 tackles per game in the month of November ... registered at least one TFL in nine games and logged a season-high 2.0 TFL in the season-opener against N.C. Central ... both INT and fumble recovery came against Wake Forest ... posted single-game sacks versus N.C. Central, Northwestern, Louisville and Virginia Tech ... led Duke in tackles with nine including a sack of eventual Heisman Trophy recipient Lamar Jackson as the Blue Devils held Louisville to 34 points and 190.2 total offensive yards below its season averages entering the contest ... registered the second-most games with 12+ tackles (5) by a Blue Devil rookie, trailing only Erwin Sampson’s total of seven in 1988 ... became the fourth Duke freshman to lead the team in total tackles, joining Sampson, Ryan Fowler (2000) and Michael Tauiliili (2005) ... paired with Humphreys to form one of just 14 LB duos nationally to register 100+ tackles each ... coupled with Humphreys to form the third Duke LB tandem since 1990 to post 100+ tackles and 9.0+ TFL each, joining Ryan Stallmeyer (110 tackles & 9.0 TFL) and Todd DeLamielleure (103 tackles & 10.0 TFL) in 1999 and Tauiliili (140 tackles & 13.0 TFL) and Vincent Rey (109 tackles & 10.5 TFL) in 2008 ... became just the 11th first team Freshman All-America pick in Duke history, joining Tony Benjamin (1973), Carl McGee (1975), Chris Port (1986), Tauiliili (2005), Kyle Hill (2008), Conner Vernon (2009), Laken Tomlinson (2011), Ross Martin (2012), Will Monday (2012) and DeVon Edwards (2013) ... on the field for 833 total snaps.

2015: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at St. Joseph Regional High School under coaches Tony Karcich (2012-13) and August Hoffmann (2014) ... rated as the No. 42 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com ... helped the Green Knights to two New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public Group 3 state championships as a sophomore and junior and a semifinal trip during final campaign ... following senior year, received first team all-league, all-county, all-metro and all-state honors ... registered 95 tackles, 3.0 sacks, four INTs, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... on offense as a senior, added 24 receptions for 315 yards and two TDs ... as a junior, led team to a 10-1 mark and state title by posting 58 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four INTs and two fumble recoveries ... team captured NJSIAA state title with a 62-14 victory against Pope John XXIII ... blocked two punts in the championship tilt ... named second team all-state after junior season ... as a sophomore, carded 72 tackles during NJSIAA state championship campaign ... also lettered in lacrosse and basketball.

PERSONAL: Born April 1, 1997 ... majoring in cultural anthropology and minoring in political science ... son of Lynn Giles-Harris and John Harris ... father lettered three seasons (1984-85-86) in football at Southern Connecticut State University and helped the Owls to a three-year record of 18-11 ... brother, William, lettered four seasons (2009-10-11-12) as a linebacker at Gannon University, recording career totals of 181 tackles, 18.0 TFL, five sacks, seven INTs and 22 PBUs while earning Academic All-America honors as a senior ... brother, J.T., is a member of the Duke lacrosse program who has helped the Blue Devils to a two-year record (2017-18) of 29-9 with two NCAA Tournament berths including an appearance in the 2018 national championship game, and, as a sophomore in 2018, earned USILA Third Team All-America honors and NCAA All-Final Four accolades.

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