The sophomore from Greenwood tabbed third team All-American
Quinn Backus was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year and Joe Moglia the Big South Coach of the Year
Kickoff vs Charleston Southern is set for 3:30 at Brooks Stadium
Coastal Carolina plays for a Big South Championship; Kickoff set for 3:30 pm
CCU hosts Charleston Southern Saturday at 3:30 pm in hopes of winning Big South title
Coastal Carolina University vs. Charleston Southern University 11/17/2012
Coastal Carolina at Georgia
Catawba vs. Coastal - Sept. 10, 2011
Football - Furman vs. Coastal - 9-3-11
Graduated from Coastal Carolina in December 2011 with a degree in Recreation and Sport Management ... Currently seeking a second degree in History ... 2012 Preseason All-American (third team by The Sports Network) and Preseason All-Big South ... listed on the CollegeFootballPerformanceAwards.com as one of the top returning tight ends in the nation ... Granted a sixth year after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury early in the 2011 season ... Is two receptions away from becoming the first tight end in Big South history with 60 career receptions ... Ranks seventh on the CCU career receptions list with 58, while ranking sixth on the school's all-time pass receiving yards list (820).
2011 (Sr.): Named to the 2011-12 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting a 3.0 GPA for the academic year ... Only played parts of the first four games, suffering a season-ending shoulder injury ... Did start in each of those four games, catching five passes for 75 yards ... Caught three passes for 61 yards in the win over Catawba ... Caught one pass for 11 yards at Georgia and one for three yards at North Carolina A&T before missing the remainder of the season.
2010 (Jr.): Named second team All-American (Phil Steele) ... Earned his second consecutive first team All-Big South selection ... For the second straight year, led all Big South tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards ... Ranked fifth (tied) in the nation among tight ends in receptions in 2010, playing sparingly over the final two games (two receptions for 26 yards) due to an injury ... Of his 34 receptions in 2010, 27 went for first down, including two TDs ... Ranked second on the team in both receptions and yards ... Caught at least four passes in five games, including five for 86 yards in the Liberty win and five for 51 yards with a TD versus Georgia Southern ... Sealed the Liberty win by returning a Flames' on-side kick 40 yards ... Led the team with four catches for 64 yards at West Virginia.
2009 (So.): Played in all 11 games, starting 10 ... Named first team All-Big South, leading all conference tight ends in receptions (19) and receiving yards (273) ... Ranked second on the squad in receptions and receiving yards ... Ranked 12th in the league in receiving yards (24.8/game) and 17th in receptions (1.73/game) ... Had three catches for a team-high 82 yards in the win over Monmouth... Also had six receptions for 88 yards and one score at Towson... Second-most single-season receiving yards by a tight end in school history... Had three catches for 27 yards at Charleston Southern ... Named to the 2009-10 Big South Presidential Honor Roll for posting a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Saw action in four games as a redshirt freshman (2008) at Michigan State, including the final there contests of the season ... Had one catch on the year for four yards, with the reception occurring against Penn State ... Redshirted in 2007 at MSU ... High School: Three-year starter at Kell, serving as team captain in 2006 and presented the Perseverance Award by the coaching staff ... Two-way starter as a junior and senior, playing both tight end and defensive end ... Ranked among the nation's top tight ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 48) and Scout.com (No. 71) ... Named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Team ... Rated among Georgia's top-75 seniors by Scout.com (No. 74) ... One of six tight ends listed among the Best of the Rest in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Had 16 catches for 151 yards (9.4 avg.) and one touchdown in his senior season ... Set career highs with six receptions for 76 yards vs. Marietta, including a touchdown grab ... Made 15 tackles as a senior, with two for losses including a sack ... Credited with five quarterback pressures and one interception.
Personal: Son of David and Beth Duran.