Junior quarterback Quentin Harris will get the call for his first career start when Duke visits Baylor on Saturday.
Harris’ promotion comes after junior Daniel Jones suffered a broken left collarbone in last Saturday’s victory over Northwestern.
Harris has big shoes to fill as Jones was in his third season as a starter as well as a team captain.
Jones also was in the midst of a big game against Northwestern, with three touchdown passes before being crushed by a blind-side hit in the second half. He underwent surgery on Sunday and is out indefinitely.
“It’s only deflating because we hurt for Daniel, but it’s not a lack of confidence in Quentin — we don’t feel we’re going to have a drop-off,” senior receiver Johnathan Lloyd told reporters Tuesday. “We’re going to continue to do the same things we’ve been doing. Quentin has to play a different role. He’s the guy.”
Harris has thrown 15 passes — he completed both throws against Northwestern — with one career touchdown pass. He has spelled Jones in the past to bring a running element to the offense, and he has 104 career rushing yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.
Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said Harris has a handle on things.
“Quentin Harris knows this offense,” Cutcliffe said.
—Field Level Media