Starter: Redshirt Junior Daniel Jones
Depth: Redshirt Junior Quentin Harris
Few schools would be able to send their QB to the NFL as a top 10 pick and replace him. It becomes an even bigger task when that player is the highest drafted player out of your program in the last 30 years. That’s exactly what the Blue Devils look to do this season after the loss of Jones to the pro ranks.
Jones started 36 games over the last three seasons for the Blue Devils, passing for 8,201 yds in his career. Jones sits fifth in school history in passing yards and completions, as well as tenth all-time in QB rushing. He has the third-most passing touchdowns in school history behind only the aforementioned Lewis and Ben Bennett.
After leaving early for the draft, Jones climbed up draft boards, eventually getting drafted sixth overall by the New York Giants.
Duke used Quentin Harris in a support role during the 2018 season. Harris appeared in six games during the season, starting two. Harris was mostly used as a change of pace and short-yardage quarterback due to his rushing ability. Harris ran for 195 yards on 46 attempts. When he threw the ball, he completed exactly half of his passes, 34 out of 68.
The combination of the two lead the Blue Devils to an 8-5 record, 3-5 in the ACC which was good for sixth in the Coastal Division. Duke was awarded a bid to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport where they routed Temple 56-27.