DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke linebacker Joe Giles-Harris has agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars to join the NFL organization as an undrafted free agent.
A team captain in 2018 and the 2017 team Most Valuable Player, Giles-Harris played in and started 34 career games with the Blue Devils and compiled 312 tackles, 32.0 tackles for lost yardage, 9.5 sacks, 15 quarterback pressures, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery.
Giles-Harris, an All-America selection in 2017, closed his career ranking 10th on the Duke career chart in tackles for loss and 19th in tackles. His 16.0 tackles for loss in 2017 are tied for the 10th most in a campaign by a Blue Devil. He became the 20th Blue Devil to reach 300 career tackles with a 10-tackle performance at Pittsburgh in 2018.
In the Duke career record book, Giles-Harris finished his career ranking tied for ninth in seasons with 100 or more tackles (two), 10th in TFL and 19th in total tackles. He became the fifth player in Blue Devil history to amass 300 or more tackles and 30.0 or more TFL and was also the first Blue Devil to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons since Ryan Fowler (2000-01-02).
A native of Nyack, N.Y., Giles-Harris earned first team All-ACC honors in both 2017 and 2018, becoming the first Duke linebacker with multiple first team all-league accolades since Mike Junkin in 1985-86. Giles-Harris was one of 18 semifinalists for the 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club, and a first team Freshman All-America pick by Athlon Sports, Campus Insiders and USA Today in 2016.
In 2018, Giles-Harris carded 80 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two quarterback pressures and one blocked field goal. His season was highlighted by a 15-tackle effort at Georgia Tech, which netted him ACC Linebacker of the Week accolades. He also turned in double-digit tackles at Pittsburgh (10) and Miami (12).
During his 2017 All-America campaign, Giles-Harris started all 13 games, compiling 125 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, one caused fumble and nine quarterback pressures. In the ACC, he ranked third in total tackles, third in tackles per game (9.62), fourth in TFL and fourth in TFL per game (1.23). Nationally, he ranked 19th in tackles per game and tied for 28th in TFL per game. He became the first player in Duke history to register 125 or more tackles and 16.0 or more TFL in a single campaign and was one of three players nationally to post 125 or more tackles and 15.0 or more TFL.
As a Freshman All-America pick in 2016, Giles-Harris finished second in the balloting for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He started all 12 games, recording 107 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and four quarterback pressures. He led all ACC rookies in total tackles and ranked second among freshmen nationally in tackles per game. Giles-Harris averaged 11.0 tackles per game in ACC play and became just the fourth Duke freshman to lead the team in total tackles.
Giles-Harris has finished all his coursework for a cultural anthropology major and will graduate from Duke in May, 2019.