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Joe Giles-Harris (left) and Daniel Jones
Two More Freshman All-America Honors for Blue Devils
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2016
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt freshman linebacker Joe Giles-Harris and redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones were named to the Campus Insiders 2016 Freshman College Football All-America Team, according to an announcement by the organization. Giles-Harris was a first team pick while Jones was an honorable mention selection.

This marks the second consecutive year the Blue Devils have had two freshman All-America honorees, the program’s most since featuring three in 2012. It is the 14th consecutive campaign the Blue Devils have had at least one freshman All-America pick, dating back to the 2003 season. Earlier this week, Giles-Harris was a USA TODAY Sports First Team Freshman All-America member.

Giles-Harris, from Nyack, N.Y., was an honorable mention All-ACC selection who led the Blue Devils in total tackles with 107. He added 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 quarterback sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and four quarterback pressures during the year.  He stands fifth in the league in tackles per game (8.92).

He was named the November 14 ACC Linebacker of the Week after totaling a career-high 16 tackles versus No. 15 North Carolina in helping Duke to a 28-27 upset. Giles-Harris booked at least a half tackle for lost yardage in eight of the final 10 games and reached the double-digit tackle total in three of the last four contests.

Jones, a native of Charlotte, N.C., established 23 school records, including most total offensive yards by a freshman (3,322).  For the season, he completed 270-of-430 (.628) pass attempts for 2,836 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 486 yards and a team-leading seven scores.

The four-time ACC Rookie of the Week honoree following performances against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Jones threw for three touchdowns twice and for 300 or more yards four times. He compiled the highest passer efficiency rating during a road game against a ranked opponent in the David Cutcliffe era with a 149.70 mark at No. 7 Louisville on October 14.

It is the second straight year Campus Insiders picked two Blue Devils for Freshman All-America status as Tinashe Bere and T.J. Rahming were honored in 2015.