Patrick O’Connor joined the Duke football staff in July, 2012 and works in the capacity of defensive quality control. He spent the 2012 campaign as a Football Operations Assistant, working primarily with the Blue Devil defense.
The Blue Devils recorded 26 takeaways in 2013 — the fourth-highest total in the ACC — and their average points allowed in the fourth quarter (4.64) ranked second in the conference, trailing only national champion Florida State. In addition, Duke won all four of its road ACC games by allowing an average of 19.5 points per contest in victories over North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
O’Connor, a native of Exton, Pa., came to Durham after working as an assistant football coach and teaching aide at Downingtown (Pa.) East High School.
A 2010 graduate of Dickinson College with a degree in philosophy, O’Connor was a four-year letterman on the gridiron as a wide receiver and helped the Red Devils to 31 victories from 2006-09. He set school records for career pass receptions (167) and receiving yardage (2,548) and, as a junior, established Centennial Conference single-season records for receiving yards (1,324) and 100-yard receiving games (8).