Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2012: Reserve quarterback ... scheduled to be an integral part of the Duke offense in 2012 ... strong, physical football player ... possesses excellent work ethic ... showed increased comfort level in the passing game during spring practice ... also during spring drills, received repetitions at multiple offensive skill positions ... lead candidate to handle the holding chores on placement kicks ... in 14 career games (1 start), has completed 11-of-24 passes (.458) for 160 yards with two INTs while rushing 86 times for 307 yards and nine TDs ... has played 160 career snaps ... on Duke’s career charts, ranks tied for fourth in rushing TDs by a QB ... with a 0.64 career rushing TD per game played average, is tops among active ACC players (minimum 9 TDs) ... also among active ACC players, ranks third in rushing attempts-to-TD ratio (9.56:1; minimum 9 TD), trailing Florida State’s Lonnie Pryor (7.70) and Georgia Tech’s Orwin Smith (7.93), and tied for 10th in career rushing TDs ... career rushing TD total ranks tied for second among active ACC sophomores along with Virginia’s Kevin Parks, trailing North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard (13) ... in January, 2012, received a medical hardship waiver for the 2011 season from the ACC ... co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player honor following spring drills ... in the annual Spring Game, earned Offensive MVP accolades after completing four-of-seven (.571) passes for 83 yards and one TD while rushing six times for 54 yards and one TD ... in the post-spring weightlifting evaluation, paced the quarterbacks in bench press (345 lbs.), 225-pound bench press repetitions (17) and power clean lift (324 lbs.).
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.