Duke Football BIO
25 Jela Duncan
2012: Honorable mention Freshman All-America selection by College Football News ... received the Bob Pascal Award as Duke’s most outstanding offensive back after pacing the squad in rushing yardage ... played in all 13 games ... rushed 109 times for 553 yards (5.07) with four TDs while catching 19 passes for 89 yards (4.68) ... returned nine kickoffs for 147 yards (16.33) ... totaled 789 all-purpose yards ... lost one fumble in 137 total touches ... led Duke in rushing yards to become the ninth freshman in school history to accomplish the feat, joining George Clark (1944), Tony Benjamin (1973), Stanley Broadie (1977), Latavious Wilks (1996), B.J. Hill (1998), Chris Douglas (2000), Jay Hollingsworth (2008) and Desmond Scott (2009) ... yards per carry average marked Duke’s single-season best since Randy Cuthbert in 1989 (5.47; minimum 100 attempts) ... on Duke’s single-season charts for rookies, totals ranked third for yards per rushing attempt, fifth for rushing TDs, sixth for rushing yardage, sixth for rushing attempts and eighth for all-purpose yardage ... only George Clark (5.93 in 1944) and Tom Davis (5.27 in 1941) registered higher yards per carry averages as freshmen at Duke ... rushing TD total marked the highest by a Duke true freshman RB since Mike Grayson (3) in 1980 ... among ACC rookie running backs, ranked third in rushing yards, tied for third in rushing TDs and fourth in pass receptions ... rushed for 50+ yards in six games including a season-high 88 on nine attempts against Memphis ... rushing yardage effort against the Tigers matched the 19th-highest single-game total by a Duke freshman and included a season-long gain of 58 yards ... ACC Rookie of the Week selection after rushing a season-high 22 times for 74 yards and one TD while catching three passes for 12 yards in the 33-30 victory over North Carolina ... rushing attempt total against the Tar Heels matched the ninth-highest single-game total by a freshman in school history ... had 64 yards on six rushing attempts with a long carry of 37 yards versus Miami ... also paced the Blue Devils in rushes of 20+ yards with three ... led Duke in rushing yards versus Stanford, N.C. Central, Memphis, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Miami ... rushing TDs came against Wake Forest, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State ... against the Demon Deacons, galloped 17 yards for a TD with 2:50 left in the fourth period to give Duke a 34-20 advantage ... recorded 2+ pass receptions in six games ... logged season-highs of five pass receptions and 27 receiving yards in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati ... ranked sixth on the team in pass receptions ... had season-bests of three kickoff returns and 51 kickoff return yards at Virginia Tech ... season long kickoff return of 20 yards came against both Stanford and Virginia Tech ... registered a season-best 102 all-purpose yards in the Memphis contest ... joined with fellow Duke RBs Josh Snead and Juwan Thompson to combine for 1,403 yards on 283 rushing attempts ... on the field for 390 total plays.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Mallard Creek under coach Mike Palmieri ... helped Mallard Creek to a three-year record of 36-4 with three I-Meck 4A conference championships and a pair of undefeated regular season campaigns in 2010 and 2011 ... in 2011, led Mallard Creek to a 13-1 ledger including the league title and berth in the state 4-AA state semifinals ... national consensus top-40 running back with rankings of No. 23 (Rivals.com), No. 37 (Scout.com) and No. 40 (ESPN.com) ... charted as the No. 3 running back and No. 12 overall prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... as a senior, rushed 220 times for 2,307 yards and 30 TDs while catching 27 passes for 465 yards and five TDs ... rushing yardage marked the fourth-highest single-season total in Mecklenburg County history while the TD total is the 12th-best ... first team all-state pick as a senior by ESPN.com and NCPreps.com ... 2011 All-Observer Offensive Player of the Year selection by the Charlotte Observer ... named the 2011 I-Meck 4A Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... rushed for 217 yards in a 28-10 win over Butler on August 8, 2011 ... gained 192 yards on the ground with four TDs in a 55-0 win over Lake Norman on September 23, 2011 ... had five total TDs during a 63-0 victory over North Mecklenburg on October 7, 2011 ... on October 28, 2011, totaled 185 yards and scored five TDs as Mallard Creek clinched its third straight conference championship with its 30th consecutive regular season win in a 51-14 win over Hough ... on November 11, 2011, rushed 15 times for 203 yards and scored six total TDs in a 51-9 playoff win over Ardrey Kell ... in a 42-10 playoff win over Myers Park on November 18, 2011, rushed for 191 yards and two TDs ... as a junior, rushed for 1,375 yards with 17 total TDs despite missing three games due to injury ... in a 55-7 win over Lake Norman on October 1, 2010, rushed six times for 232 yards, averaging 38.7 yards per attempt ... led Mallard Creek in receiving as a sophomore ... three-time all-conference choice ... rushed seven times for 112 yards including a 76-yard TD to help North Carolina to a 26-19 win over South Carolina in the 75th annual Shrine Bowl on December 17, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.
PERSONAL: Son of Clarence Duncan and Yolanda Richards ... born August 22, 1993.
SINGLE-GAME CAREER HIGHS
Category: Career-high, Opponent, Year
Rush attempts: 22 vs. North Carolina, 2012
Rushing yards: 88 vs. Memphis, 2012
Rushing TDs: 1, four times; last vs. Florida State, 2012
Pass receptions: 5 vs. Cincinnati, 2012
Pass receiving yards: 27 vs. Cincinnati, 2012
Kickoff returns: 3 vs. Virginia Tech, 2012
Kickoff return yards: 51 vs. Virginia Tech, 2012
All-purpose yards: 102 (88 RUSH, 14 REC, 0 KOR, 0 PR) vs. Memphis, 2012
Longest rush: 58 yards vs. Memphis, 2012
Longest reception: 14 yards from Sean Renfree vs. Memphis, 2012