Watch out everyone, the Duke Blue Devils football program is cranking out prospects.
You didn’t read that wrong.
Over the last couple of years, Duke has established itself as a legitimate college football program and not an Ivy League program masquerading as an ACC program. A huge reason for that success is David Cutcliffe, perhaps most famously known for being Peyton Manning’s college coach and now for doing seemingly the impossible — turning around the Duke football program.
One part of that turnaround is the quarterback position, and Duke has a current starter named Anthony Boone who has NFL arm talent and just needs some seasoning to potentially make him a day three selection and earn a shot at a roster spot next year in the NFL.
Boone is a very solid athlete with a heck of an arm, and completed 64 percent of his passes last year for 2,260 yards and 13 touchdowns along with 13 interceptions and five rushing touchdowns.
His numbers don’t really stand out, but when you watch him play, you can see that this is a guy with tools that make him potentially a top 10 senior quarterback in the country, and why he’s considered a first-team All-ACC candidate in 2014.
Boone moves really well and despite not having ideal height (6-feet) he does a good job of scanning the field and making all the throws. I have a lot of confidence that he can emerge as one of the most improved QB prospects in the country this year for a couple of reasons. First of all, I love that he has coach David Cutcliffe in his corner. You talk about a guy that has the full trust of Peyton Manning, who travels to Duke every summer just to work on his game, and you know that Boone is in good hands.
Second of all, Boone is in his third full season as the starter for the Blue Devil football program. Taking over for Sean Renfree was a bit of a daunting task, but I think Boone has more arm talent and is a better athlete. You’ll see that on display this year as Duke tries to steal the ACC from National Champion Florida State. If they do, Boone will be a huge reason why.
Here’s the footage of Boone vs. Texas A&M in last year’s Chick-Fil-A bowl courtesy of the great folks at DraftBreakdown.com.