Conner Vernon with one of his 10 catches against FIU. Credit: CHRIS SEWARDfirstname.lastname@example.org
Duke WR Conner Vernon was one of eight players to receive ACC Player of the Week recognition from the league office Tuesday. Vernon, the ACC's Receiver of the Week, caught 10 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in Duke's 46-26 win over FIU. With his final catch, Vernon became Duke's all-time leader in pass receptions, passing former high school and collegiate teammate Donovan Varner's mark of 208. And by catching at least one pass for the 38th consecutive game, he extended what is the FBS's longest active streak.
In addition to his ascent in the Duke record book, Vernon also climbed closer to the top of the ACC's all-time catches and receiving yards lists. With 209 career catches, he's currently fourth, behind Virginia's Billy McMullen (210), Wake Forest's Desmond Clark (216) and Clemson's Aaron Kelly (232). Vernon also currently ranks 12th on the career receiving yards chart with 2,855 yards. Florida State's Peter Warrick currently has the top mark of 3,517 yards.
"Since Conner Vernon has been at Duke, I've never seen him have a bad practice," head coach David Cutcliffe said of the four-year starter who has only missed one game. "When someone gets hurt, we have hamstring tightness in somebody, Conner always took their reps in practice. He is the greatest lesson for a young player."
"A relentless pursuit of excellence is what Conner Vernon is."
The other recipients of player of the week honors were Clemson’s Andre Ellington (Offensive Back), Clemson’s Dalton Freeman (Offensive Lineman), Florida State’s Bjoern Werner (Defensive Lineman), Virginia Tech’s Jack Tyler (Linebacker), Wake Forest’s A.J. Marshall (Defensive Back), Virginia Tech’s Cody Journell (Specialist) and Miami’s Duke Johnson (Rookie).