Duke Football BIO
18 Brandon Connette
2012: Played in 12 games ... missed the North Carolina game due to injury ... completed five-of-13 (.432) pass attempts for 38 yards and three TDs ... rushed 41 times for 91 yards and eight TDs ... caught 11 passes for 85 yards and one TD ... scoring tosses came against FIU, Clemson and Cincinnati, and all three went to TE David Reeves ... led Duke in rushing TDs while ranking second on the team in total points with 54 ... in the ACC, ranked first in rushing attempts-to-TD ratio (5.13:1; minimum 8 TD) and tied for eighth in total rushing TDs ... scored multiple TDs on the ground against both Wake Forest (2) and Miami (2) ... other rushing TDs came versus FIU, Stanford, Memphis and Cincinnati ... became the first Duke player to rush, catch and throw for a TD in a season since 2001 when both D. Bryant and Ben Erdeljac accomplished the feat ... in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati, caught a season-high four passes while rushing and throwing for TDs ... became the first player in Duke history to rush and throw for a TD in a bowl game ... matched the third-highest single-season total in school history for rushing TDs by a QB ... became the fifth player in school history to post two seasons with 8+ rushing TDs, joining Ace Parker (1935-36), Tom Davis (1942-44), Bob Pascal (1954-55) and Jay Calabrese (1965-66) ... credited with two tackles on special teams ... on the field for 217 total snaps.
2011: Played in two games before suffering season-ending shoulder injury against No. 6 Stanford ... received a medical hardship waiver ... completed one-of-two (.500) pass attempts for 35 yards while rushing eight times for minus-14 yards and one TD ... lone ground TD covered six yards against Richmond ... lone pass completion went for 35 yards to Conner Vernon versus Stanford ... on the field for 15 total snaps.
2010: Played in all 12 games with one starting assignment ... started against Miami ... on the year, completed 10-of-22 (.455) passes for 125 yards with two INTs ... rushed 78 times for 321 yards and eight TDs ... finished second on the team in rushing yardage ... set Duke single-season record for rushing TDs by a freshman, bettering the previous standard of six set by Chris Douglas in 2000 ... the rushing TD total ranks third on the school’s chart for ground scores by a QB, trailing only Mike Dunn (12 in 1976) and Elmore Hackney (9 in 1937) ... on Duke’s single-season lists for rookies, totals rank second in total points (50) and ninth in yards per rushing attempt (4.12) ... established school single-game record for total points by a freshman with 14 against Virginia ... in the win over the Cavaliers, posted season-high totals for passing yards (40) and rushing yards (78) while scoring two TDs along with one two-point conversion ... first career rushing attempt went for 48 yards versus Elon ... rushed for 20+ yards in eight games ... aided in Duke’s enhanced rushing attack that showed marked improvement in yards per game (+46.5), yards per attempt (+1.2), runs of 20 or more yards (+8) and total rushing TDs (+13) ... on the field for 145 total plays.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered four seasons at Santiago High School under coaches Steve Mitchell (2006-07-08) and Jeff Steinberg (2009) ... listed as the 62nd-best quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com ... All-Far West Region choice by SuperPrep ... helped team to three straight state playoff berths ... as a senior, completed 145-of-249 (.582) passes for 1,961 yards with 18 TDs and 11 INTs while rushing for 462 yards and 12 TDs ... in a 44-24 win over Corona on November 6, 2009, accounted for 388 (277 pass & 111 rush) yards and six total TDs (2 pass & 4 rush) ... threw four TD passes against both King (October 16, 2009) and Norco (October 23, 2009) in consecutive weeks ... in junior season, completed 104-of-208 (.500) passes for 1,406 yards with 14 TDs and 11 INTs while rushing for 881 yards and 10 TDs ... rushed for career-high 238 yards and three TDs in a 28-13 win over Roosevelt on October 17, 2008.
PERSONAL: Son of Allen and Nancy Connette ... brother, Simon, is a member of the football program at San Jose State ... born July 21, 1991 ... majoring in economics while pursuing a certificate in arts of the moving image.
SINGLE-GAME CAREER HIGHS
Category: Career-high, Opponent, Year
Pass completions: 4 vs. Miami, 2010
Pass attempts: 6 vs. Miami, 2010
Passing yards: 40 vs. Virginia, 2010
Passing TDs: 1, three times; last vs. Cincinnati, 2012
Rush attempts: 12 vs. Virginia, 2010
Rushing yards: 78 vs. Virginia, 2010
Rushing TDs: 2, three times; last vs. Miami, 2012
Pass receptions: 4 vs. Cincinnati, 2012
Pass receiving yards: 39 vs. Memphis, 2012
Longest pass completion: 40 yards to Cooper Helfet vs. Virginia, 2010
Longest rush: 48 yards vs. Elon, 2010
Longest pass reception: 22 yards from Sean Renfree vs. Memphis, 2012