2018: Returning starting Strike safety ... missed contact portion of spring drills while recovering from knee surgery performed on November 27, 2017 ... preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy’s Sports (3rd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (3rd) ... candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association ... in 34 career games (13 starts), has 92 tackles, 0.5 TFL, four INTs, nine PBUs and two QB pressures ... has played 1,302 career snaps ... one of four Duke defensive players with 1,200+ career snaps of experience, joining LB Ben Humphreys (1,934), LB Joe Giles-Harris (1,688) and CB Mark Gilbert (1,262) ... among active players in the ACC, begins the 2018 campaign ranking tied for sixth in career INTs ... enters the 2018 season having secured 2+ tackles in 12 consecutive games dating back to the 2016 regular season finale versus Miami ... has 2+ tackles in 20 games including a career-high 10 stops against North Carolina in 2017 ... has 2+ PBUs in two games including a career-high four versus Baylor in 2017 ... made transition from cornerback to safety during 2017 spring drills ... member of the Duke track & field team for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2017, earning second team All-ACC honors in both the triple jump (50-9.25 feet; 5th place) and 110-meter hurdles (14.35; 4th place) at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Atlanta, Ga. (May 13-15).
2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017: Third team All-ACC pick ... one of 13 semifinalists for the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back ... played in and started 11 games ... missed the final two contests of the year after suffering season-ending knee injury in Week 11 against Georgia Tech ... underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in right knee on November 27, 2017 ... totaled 58 tackles, 0.5 TFL, three INTs, nine PBUs and one QB pressure ... in the ACC, ranked sixth in total passes defended per game (1.09), ninth in INTs per game (0.27), tied for 14th in PBUs and 48th in tackles per game (5.27) ... registered 2+ tackles in 11 games including a season-high 10 stops against North Carolina ... had nine tackles versus Florida State and eight stops against both Virginia and Pittsburgh ... logged single-game INTs versus Baylor, Virginia and Florida State ... against the Cavaliers, returned INT 42 yards for a TD and added two PBUs and 0.5 TFL on the day ... logged a season-high four PBUs against Baylor to match the fifth-highest single-game total in Duke history ... on the field for 683 snaps.
2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: Played in 11 games ... missed the N.C. Central week ... totaled 17 tackles and one QB pressure ... had 2+ tackles in five games including a season-best six stops at Miami ... logged three tackles versus Virginia Tech ... on the field for 230 snaps.
2015 Game-by-Game Statistics
2015: Played in all 13 games with two starts ... earned starting assignments against North Carolina and Pittsburgh ... carded 17 tackles and one INT ... had 2+ tackles in four games including a season-high five stops at Virginia Tech ... first collegiate INT came against Miami ... one of five Duke freshmen to earn varsity letter ... on the field for 389 snaps.
2017 DUKE TRACK & FIELD: Member of the program for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2017 ... competed in one indoor meet, the Bob Pollock Invite in Clemson, S.C. (January 27-28), and posted the fourth-fastest time in Duke history in the 60-meter hurdles (8.13) while registering the second-best triple jump in school history with a leap of 49-2.50 feet ... competed in five meets during the outdoor season ... at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. (April 6-8), helped the sprint medley relay team to a first place finish with the third-fastest time in school history (3:23.00) ... at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. (April 27-29), claimed fourth place in the triple jump with a leap of 51-11.75 feet that matched the school record previously set by Jade Ellis in 2009 ... at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Atlanta, Ga. (May 13-15), earned a pair of second team All-ACC citations in the triple jump (50-9.25 feet; 5th place) and 110-meter hurdles (14.35; 4th place) while participating on Duke’s 4x100 relay team that registered the fourth-fastest time in school history and finished seventh (41.41) ... in an ACC Championship preliminary heat, posted the second-fastest time in school history in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.29 ... at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky. (May 25-27), finished 15th in the triple jump with a leap of 51-0.25 feet.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year letterwinner at Shiloh High School for coach Troy Hobbs ... rated as the No. 49 cornerback in the country by ESPN.com and the No. 48 cornerback in the Rivals.com listing ... in eight games as a senior, recorded 70 tackles, 10 PBUs and two INTs ... second team all-county honoree ... selected to play in the Gwinnett County All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury ... in September of 2014, honored as a Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Player of the Month ... as a junior, tallied 56 tackles, 11 PBUs and two INTs while rushing for 527 yards and four TDs ... earned all-county honors after junior campaign ... also a track and field standout, helping the Generals to their first Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAAA state championship as a junior ... in the title meet, won the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles and triple jump and was part of the winning 4x100 relay team ... member of the 4x400 relay that placed second at the state meet ... won the Class AAAAAA high point award and scored more points (34.5) than any individual in any classification and more points than 39 other schools at the state meet ... in the 110, clocked a time of 13.83 seconds, the sixth fastest in the nation for a high schooler in 2014 and a Gwinnett County all-time mark ... earned Gwinnett Daily Post Boys Runner of the Year honors following junior campaign ... as a sophomore at the GHSA AAAAAA championship meet, placed fourth in the long jump, was part of the fifth-place finishing 4x400 relay and qualified for the finals in the 300 hurdles ... also lettered in swimming and wrestling.
PERSONAL: Born March 20, 1997 ... majoring in evolutionary anthropology while minoring in psychology ... son of Jessilyn and Tyrone McDuffie.