Duke Football BIO
81 Cooper Helfet
2011: Projected starting tight end ... named to the 33-member Watch List for the John Mackey Award ... pre-season All-ACC pick by both Lindy's Sports (2nd team) and Athlon Sports (3rd team) ... post-season honors candidate ... one of the top returning tight ends in the league ... has the ability to stretch the field vertically with good speed ... has improved physical nature and blocking abilities along the line ... off-season work with the weight training staff could pay significant dividends in 2011 ... had three receptions for 64 yards in the annual Spring Game ... among Duke's tight ends, ranked first in the 40-yard dash (4.62 seconds) and vertical jump (30") and second in the bench press (370 lbs.), squat (435 lbs.), power clean (286 lbs.) and broad jump (9'2.5") in the program's post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation.
2010: Honorable mention All-ACC selection ... Academic All-ACC choice ... played in 11 games with one starting assignment ... missed the season-opener against Elon while recovering from foot injury suffered during preseason drills ... lone start came at Georgia Tech ... finished fourth on the team with 34 receptions for 380 yards and two TDs ... among ACC tight ends, ranked first in receiving yardage and second in receptions ... first career catch went for a nine-yard TD at Wake Forest ... two-time ACC Player of the Week selection following wins over Navy (7 rec., 69 yards) and Virginia (7 rec., 122 yards, 1 TD) ... scoring grab against the Cavaliers covered 30 yards ... the 122 receiving yards against Virginia marked the fifth-highest single-game total by a tight end in Duke history while five of the seven catches produced first downs - including two on the game-winning, seven-play, 91-yard drive late in the fourth period ... on Duke's single-season charts for tight ends, totals rank tied for 13th in receptions and 14th in yardage ... over the final five weeks of the season, caught 28 passes for 339 yards ... grouped with Conner Vernon (73) and Desmond Scott (34) to form the fourth-most prolific WR-TE-RB receiving trio (141 receptions) in Duke history ... paired with Vernon to form the third-most prolific WR-TE receiving tandem (107 receptions) in Duke history ... key component of a passing attack that ranked second in the ACC and had five players with 30+ receptions for just the second time in school history.
Prior to Duke: Played at Redwood High School under coach Jim Nelson ... as a senior in 2006, caught 42 passes for 811 yards and earned first team all-conference honors as team went 7-4 and advanced to the state playoffs ... also lettered in basketball and lacrosse ... attended Johns Hopkins University on a lacrosse scholarship in the fall of 2007 ... played two seasons (2008-09) at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College under coach Keith Simons ... helped team to an 8-3 record in 2008 by catching 28 passes for 382 yards including a 12-reception, 188-yard, three-TD performance in the Bear Cubs' 28-20 win over Sierra (Calif.) College in the Premiere Bank Bowl ... in 2009, had 40 receptions for 657 yards and seven TDs.
Personal: Son of Tony and Marje Helfet ... born June 2, 1989 ... majoring in sociology with a minor in economics.