Duke football quarterback Daniel Jones is coming off a big statistical freshman campaign. But to boost himself going into his sophomore season, Jones turned to an obvious and great resource: Former Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
According to The (Durham) Herald-Sun, Lewis was on campus while rehabbing after sustaining a torn left ACL last August and spent plenty of time with Jones.
“That was helpful for me,” Jones said. “Having played in Coach Cut’s [David Cutcliffe’s] system he’s able to help me with a lot of those same things. It’s tough to meet with the coaches all of the time because they are always out and about. But having Thad around, I feel like I’ve taken a few steps this summer and will continue going into camp.”
Lewis played at Duke from 2006-09, setting the school record for career passing yards with his final two seasons coming under current Duke coach David Cutliffe. In his final season with the Blue Devils, Lewis threw for 3,330 yards and 20 touchdowns.
So the NFL journeyman made perfect sense as a mind to pick for Jones, who currently holds the nation’s longest streak without an interception at 173 passes without one.
Through the spring, Jones and Lewis studied game film and worked on the practice field to prepare Jones to build on his freshman campaign, which saw him throw for 2,836 yards and 16 touchdowns.
“He’s an athlete,” Lewis said of Jones. “He has great arm strength, great accuracy. He has really, really good feet, and he can run.”