DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke football team had six players selected for membership in the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society announced on Wednesday by the organization. Representing the Blue Devils were Daniel Helm, Ben Humphreys, Daniel Jones, Davis Koppenhaver, Chris Taylor and Collin Wareham.
Duke’s six selections are tied for the second most among all Power 5 conferences, trailing only Vanderbilt (7). Duke has now placed at least four players on the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in seven of the last eight seasons.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is celebrating its 13th year, is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high 1,643 players from a record 424 schools qualified for membership.
"We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "For more than a decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives."
Helm, a two-year starter at tight end, graduated from Duke in May, 2018, with a degree in mechanical engineering. The Chatham, Ill., product joined the program in January, 2015, after transferring from the University of Tennessee and did not play in 2015 due to NCAA transfer regulations. At Duke, Helm earned three letters (2016-17-18) and played in 38 games with 24 starts. As a Blue Devil, he recorded 69 pass receptions for 767 yards (11.12) and six touchdowns. The third team All-ACC selection in 2018 also was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District III first team as a senior. A two-time Academic All-ACC honoree, Helm joined Boston College’s Tommy Sweeney as the lone ACC tight ends to have 20 or more pass receptions, 200 or more receiving yards and two or more touchdown catches over the three-year span of 2016-18.
Humphreys was a three-year starter at linebacker and elected as one of four team captains for the 2018 campaign. A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Humphreys graduated from Duke in December, 2018, with a degree in public policy studies and certificate in markets and management. He was a third team All-ACC honoree as a sophomore and honorable mention all-league selection as a senior, as well as a three-time Academic All-ACC choice. Humphreys played in 47 career games with 36 consecutive starting assignments to his cap career, registering 273 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 9.0 quarterback sacks, 21 quarterback pressures, five pass breakups, five fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and two interceptions. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Ninth Annual National College Football Award, presented by the Pop Warner Little Scholars. He is one of three defensive players in Duke history to start (2015 Pinstripe & 2017 Quick Lane) multiple bowl game victories, joining defensive end Victor Dimukeje and cornerback Michael Carter II.
Jones, a three-year starter at quarterback was a two-year team captain (2017-18), two-time recipient of the Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player (2016 & 2018) and three-time Academic All-ACC selection (2016-17-18). A native of Charlotte, N.C., Jones was tabbed the MVP of the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl versus Northern Illinois and the Offensive Player of the Game of the 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Temple. In 36 career games (36 starts), he completed 764-of-1,275 (.599) passes for 8,201 yards with 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions while rushing 406 times for 1,323 yards (3.26) and 17 scores. Jones finished his career holding Duke single-game records for total offensive yards (547 versus North Carolina, 2018) and rushing yards by a quarterback (186 versus North Carolina, 2018) while sharing school game marks for TD passes of 20 or more yards (3 versus Temple, 2018), TD passes of 50 or more yards (2 versus Pittsburgh, 2018) and TD responsibility (6 versus Temple, 2018). He graduated from Duke in December, 2018, with a degree in economics.
Koppenhaver lettered four seasons (2014-16-17-18) with the Blue Devils, appearing in 41 career games. A product of Valencia, Calif., he caught 49 passes for 431 yards (8.80) and 12 touchdowns. He set the Duke career record for touchdown receptions by a tight end, surpassing the 10 by Stan Crisson (1961-63). Koppenhaver finished with two or more receptions in 13 games including a career-high five catches against Virginia in 2016. He graduated from Duke in May, 2018, with a degree in psychology and a certificate in markets and management.
Taylor, from Miramar, Fla., received four letters after playing in 47 career games with 27 starts. He recorded 90 pass receptions for 1,102 yards (12.24) and five touchdowns. Taylor ended his career ranked 33rd in program history in receptions and 34th in receiving yards. He joins Johnathan Lloyd and T.J. Rahming as the only Blue Devils in program history to play in three bowl wins (2015 Pinstripe, 2017 Quick Lane & 2018 Walk-On’s Independence). He also served as president of Duke’s SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. Taylor graduated from Duke in May, 2018, with a degree in economics.
Wareham lettered two seasons (2017-18) and served as Duke’s primary placekicker in 2018. In 13 career games the McLean, Va., native totaled 76 points on 9-of-13 (.692) field goals and 49-of-51 (.961) PATs. He ranked fifth in career PAT percentage at Duke and owns the ninth-longest streak of consecutive PATs made with 38. Wareham graduated from Duke in May, 2018, with a degree in economics.