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Cutcliffe: Jones clearly No. 1 quarterback

Duke quarterback glad to have first game under his belt

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones talks with reporters about getting more comfortable with running the Blue Devils' offense.
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Duke quarterback Daniel Jones talks with reporters about getting more comfortable with running the Blue Devils' offense.

A week ago, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was talking about quarterback Daniel Jones, and how the redshirt freshman had beaten out Parker Boehme as the No. 1 guy.

Cutcliffe said Jones edged ahead of Boehme during fall camp. Jones then played well in the opener against N.C. Central, starting and passing for 189 yards and two scores while running for another. His pass efficiency rating of 216.51 was a freshman record for a game at Duke and the fifth highest in school history.

But Boehme, a redshirt junior, made the most of his time in the game, too. He completed six of eight passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, and ran 8 yards for a score on the final play of the first half.

On an earlier play, Boehme broke tackles and bounced off several Central defenders for a 34-yard gain, looking very much like a player determined to push Jones for the No. 1 job.

Cutcliffe was asked if the competition at QB still was close enough that Boehme could edge ahead of Jones with a strong week of practice.

“Right now, Daniel is our No. 1 quarterback,” Cutcliffe said. “He did not do anything to change that in our game. He earned it on the practice field. There is not a battle going on at quarterback.

“Parker is well-prepared and will be ready for any opportunity. But right now, Daniel is No. 1, Parker is No. 2 and Quentin Harris is No. 3.”

Cutcliffe said Jones and Boehme both played at a “really high level” against Central. Neither locked in on one or two receivers. Eleven players caught passes in the game, including tight ends Erich Schneider, Daniel Helm and Davis Koppenhaver — Schneider and Koppenhaver each had TD catches.

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