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Jela Duncan
Player Profile:
Jela Duncan 816534
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 215
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Mallard Creek
2016: Charted as Duke’s starting running back ... candidate for the Doak Walker Award, an honor presented annually to the top running back in the nation by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum ... charted as the No. 25 draft eligible RB in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... in 36 career games, has rushed 289 times for 1,575 yards (5.45) and 11 TDs, caught 43 passes for 301 yards (7.00) and returned nine kickoffs for 147 yards (16.33) ... has compiled 2,023 career all-purpose yards ... has lost two fumbles in 338 career touches ... has played 1,039 career snaps ... among active ACC players, begins 2016 ranking sixth in pass receptions by a RB, seventh in rushing attempts, seventh in rushing yards, seventh in rushing yards per attempt, seventh in receiving yards by a RB and tied for 13th in rushing TDs ... one of five active RBs in the ACC with 1,500+ rushing yards and 300+ receiving yards, joining Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, N.C. State’s Matt Dayes, Clemson’s Wayne Gallman and Miami’s Joe Yearby ... enters the 2016 season as Duke’s active leader in rushing yardage and teams with QB Thomas Sirk (1,041) and RB Shaun Wilson (1,022) to give the Blue Devils the only active trio in the ACC with 1,000+ career ground yards each ... the Blue Devil trio enters the 2016 campaign with a combined 661 rushing attempts for 3,638 yards (5.50) and 35 TDs ... pairs with Wilson to give Duke one of the ACC’s five active RB tandems with 1,000+ career rushing yards each, joining Boston College (Myles Willis [1,064] & Jon Hilliman [1,058), Clemson (Wayne Gallman [2,296] & Deshaun Watson [1,305]), North Carolina (Elijah Hood [1,722] & T.J. Logan [1,515]) and Pittsburgh (James Conner [2,641] & Qadree Ollison [1,121]) ... sits 425 rushing yards shy of becoming just the sixth player in Duke history to reach the 2,000-yard standard on the ground ... aiming to become the third player in Duke history to record 3+ rushing TDs in four seasons, joining Tom Davis (1941-42-43-44) and George Clark (1944-45-46-47) ... on Duke’s career charts, stands fourth in rushing yards per attempt and 17th in rushing yards ... has two career games with 100+ rushing yards versus North Carolina (2015; 115) and Indiana (2015; 109) ... has 12 career games with 50+ rushing yards ... has 11 career games with 2+ pass receptions including a personal-high five catches against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl in 2012 ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the RB group in bench press (410 lbs.).

2015: Played in 10 games ... missed the first three weeks while recovering from a pectoral muscle injury ... ESPN All-Bowl Team selection ... rushed 67 times for 460 yards (6.87) and four TDs while catching 11 passes for 89 yards (8.09) ... ranked third on the team in both rushing yardage and rushing TDs ... topped the 100-yard barrier twice against North Carolina (13-115) and Indiana (13-109) ... surpassed the 1,500-yard plateau for his career during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl win over Indiana ... became one of eight players in Duke history to register a 100-yard rushing performance in a bowl game ... against the Hoosiers, teamed with Thomas Sirk (155) and Shaun Wilson (103) to become the second trio in school history to post 100+ rushing yards each in a single game, joining Mike Grayson (188), Joel Blunk (110) and Greg Boone (101) versus Wake Forest in 1981 ... helped Duke compile a school bowl game record 373 rushing yards ... rushed for 78 yards and two TDs in the win at Army West Point ... added single-game TDs against Miami and North Carolina ... logged season-highs of four pass receptions and 35 receiving yards at Virginia ... joined Eric Tipton (1936-37-38), Jay Calabrese (1965-66-67) and Steve Jones (1970-71-72) as the only players in Duke history to post 400+ yards and 3+ rushing TDs in each of his first three seasons ... became the eighth player in Duke history to rush for 1,500+ yards in first three seasons, joining Eric Tipton (1936-37-38), Steve Jones (1970-71-72), Tony Benjamin (1973-74-75), Mike Dunn (1975-76-77), Mike Grayson (1980-81-82), Randy Cuthbert (1988-89-90) and Chris Douglas (2000-01-02) ... on the field for 257 snaps.

2014: Did not see game action.

2013: Played in 13 games ... missed the Chick-fil-A Bowl versus Texas A&M ... rushed 113 times for 562 yards (4.97) and three TDs while catching 13 passes for 123 yards (9.46) and one TD ... finished second on the team in rushing yardage ... gained a season-high 98 yards on 16 rushing attempts in the win over Miami ... also eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier for career rushing yardage against the Hurricanes ... other top rushing days came against N.C. Central (11-76) and Georgia Tech (16-89) ... had 40+ rushing yards in five games ... scored single-game TDs on the ground versus N.C. Central, Georgia Tech and Navy ... caught a season-best three passes at Wake Forest ... long reception of the season covered 29 yards at North Carolina ... the catch versus the Tar Heels came on Duke’s game-winning drive in the fourth quarter which ended with a 23-yard field goal by Ross Martin as the Blue Devils won in Chapel Hill for the first time since 2003 and clinched the ACC Coastal Division championship with the 27-25 triumph ... lone receiving TD of the year covered nine yards against Troy ... on the field for 392 snaps.

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 five 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 was 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 ... majoring in sociology ... also pursuing a certificate in markets and management.



Jela Duncan's Career Rushing Stats
Year G/GS Rush Yards Avg. TD Lg
2012 13/0 109 553 5.07 4 58
2013  13/0  113  562  4.97  3  20
Total  26/0  222  1,115  5.02  7  58

Jela Duncan's Career Receiving Stats
Year G/GS Rec Yards Avg. TD Lg
2012 13/0 19 89 4.68 0 14
2013  13/0  13  123  9.46  1  29
Total  26/0  32  212  6.63  1  29

Jela Duncan's Career Kickoff Return Stats
Year G/GS KOR Yards Avg. TD Lg
2012 13/0 9 147 16.33 0 20
2013  13/0  0  0  --  0  0
Total  26/0  9  147  16.33  0  20

2012 Game Log
Opponent Rush Yds Lg TD Rec Yds Lg TD
FIU  3  6  9  0  1  -1  0  0
Stanford  2  9  9  0  0  0  0  0
N.C. Central  6  50  20  0  0  0  0  0
Memphis  9  88  58  0  1  14  14  0
Wake Forest  11  56  17  1  3  23  8  0
Virginia  10  41  13  1  0  0  0  0
Virginia Tech  5  15  8  0  2  8  7  0
North Carolina  22  74  12  1  3  12  0  0
Florida State  13  46  9  1  0  0  0  0
Clemson  6  28  12  0  2  -2  3  0
Georgia Tech  6  39  8  0  0  0  0  0
Miami  6  64  37  0  2  8  4  0
Cincinnati  10  37  22  0  5  27  11  0

2013 Game Log
Opponent Rush Yds Lg TD Rec Yds Lg TD
N.C. Central  11  76  16  1  0  0  0  0
Memphis  7  31  13  0  1  7  7  0
Georgia Tech  16  89  16  1  0  0  0  0
Pitt  5  24  17  0  2  17  10  0
Troy  8  27  5  0  1  9  9  1
Navy  9  45  16  1  0  0  0  0
Virginia  8  42  9  0  1  10  10  0
Virginia Tech  7  38  19  0  0  0  0  0
NC State  4  15  7  0  2  9  9  0
Miami  16  98  20  0  1  8  8  0
Wake Forest  8  36  9  0  3  26  17  0
North Carolina  9  25  13  0  1  29  29  0
Florida State  5  16  6  0  1  8  8  0
Texas A&M    -DNP-            


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