The 2014 Duke football coaching staff is now set, as graduate assistant Jeff Faris was promoted to wide receivers coach.
Faris, who graduated from Duke in 2011, is now the third former Duke player on the full-time coaching staff, joining running backs coach Re’quan Boyette (Duke 2008) and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scottie Montgomery (1999).
Faris was a scout team safety during his playing days at Duke, and halfway through his career he went to coach David Cutcliffe and asked if he could sit in on the quarterbacks meetings.
“One, he wanted to learn more about the game of football knowing he wanted to coach,” Cutcliffe said, explaining Faris’s reasoning, “And, two he wanted to be able to help the quarterbacks as they played against a scout team defense.”
Faris learned how to coach wide receivers under Matt Lubick, now the passing game coordinator and receivers coach at Oregon. Lubick, Duke’s recruiting coordinator until he left in 2013, also taught Faris how to recruit.
“We believe we have the finest young recruiter in all of football,” Cutcliffe said.
The wide receivers coaching spot was vacated when Montgomery was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Montgomery replaced Kurt Roper, who now holds the same position at Florida.