Former Blue Devil safety Jeffrey Faris joined the Duke staff in July of 2012 and coaches the wide receivers. Faris served as a graduate assistant coach, working primarily with the offense, for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Faris inherits a receiving unit led by senior Jamison Crowder, who established the ACC single-season record for pass receptions with 108 in 2013. Crowder enters his final season at Duke having caught 198 passes for 2,597 yards and 17 touchdowns and already owns the school career record for most touchdown passes of 50-plus yards with nine. Also back in 2014 is senior Issac Blakeney, who caught 19 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns last fall, and junior Max McCaffrey, who had 26 receptions for 282 yards and four scores.
In 2013, Faris worked alongside Scottie Montgomery with Duke’s wide receivers as the Blue Devil offense ranked among ACC leaders in scoring (5th; 32.8 ppg), total offense (4th; 426.1 ypg), rushing offense (5th; 178.0 ypg) and passing offense (6th; 248.1 ypg). On its way to the ACC Coastal Division championship, the 2013 Duke squad set a school record for total points (459) while becoming the first team in school history to post 25-plus rushing touchdowns and 25-plus passing touchdowns in the same season.
Faris graduated from Duke in 2011 with a degree in economics. In 2009, he earned the Mike Suglia Award, an honor presented annually to the sophomore member of the Duke football program who best exemplifies the academic and athletic qualities of the late Mike Suglia.
In 2011, Faris received the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award which is presented each season to a Duke player who displays the traits of a true teammate — character, unselfishness, compassion and pride. In the spring of 2011, Faris was honored by the ACC with a Top 6 For Service award.
Faris, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., earned a master’s degree in economics from Duke in 2012 and a master’s degree in Christian studies in 2013.
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