DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke tight end Davis Koppenhaver has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers to join the NFL organization as an undrafted free agent.
The Blue Devils’ career leader in touchdown receptions by a tight end, Koppenhaver was a four-year letterwinner at Duke. In 41 career games, he caught 49 passes for 431 yards (8.80) and 12 touchdowns. He finished with two or more catches in 13 games and reached 20 or more receiving yards in 10 contests.
In the Duke record book, Koppenhaver surpassed Stan Crisson (1961-63/10) for the top spot in receiving scores by a tight end. Koppenhaver’s eight career touchdown passes from quarterback Daniel Jones tie the duo for the 12th most by a Blue Devil combination. Koppenhaver’s seven touchdown receptions in 2018 also tied Crisson’s 1963 mark for the Duke single-season record for TD grabs by a tight end.
During his 2018 senior season, Koppenhaver combined with T.J. Rahming (eight) and Johnathan Lloyd (five) to form the first trio in Duke history with five receiving touchdowns apiece in a season. With Rahming, Koppenhaver formed just the third duo in program history to have seven or more receiving scores each in the same season, joining Clarkston Hines (10) and Keith Ewell (seven) in 1988 and Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon with eight apiece in 2012.
A native of Valencia, Calif., Koppenhaver netted 2018 Academic All-ACC honors in addition to a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District pick. As a senior, he played in all 13 games, hauling in 14 receptions for 115 yards (8.21) and seven touchdowns. He tied for eighth in the ACC, and 73rd nationally, in receiving touchdowns. Koppenhaver coupled with teammates Daniel Helm (two) and Noah Gray (one) to form the only tight end group in the ACC to combine for 10 or more touchdowns. Koppenhaver also paired with Helm (26-271-2) to form the lone TE duo in the ACC to post 14 or more receptions, 100 or more receiving yards and two or more scores apiece.
One of Koppenhaver’s most memorable moments was the 2016 North Carolina game, when his three-yard scoring reception from Jones came with 2:10 remaining in the third period and served to be the game-winning score as the Blue Devils began their string of three consecutive victories against the Tar Heels. At the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl, Koppenhaver helped Duke to the postseason victory with a season-high 35 receiving yards and year-best four receptions.
Koppenhaver graduated from Duke in May, 2018, with a degree in psychology and certificate in markets and management. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in management studies.