6-foot-4 / 220 pounds
Valencia (CA) / Hart
With the loss of Braxton Deaver in the preseason, Koppenhaver was called into action as a true freshman, playing against Elon, Tulane, and Kansas - all big Duke wins. He was on the field for 30 snaps and recorded one catch.
Following the appearances in the three early season blowouts, Koppenhaver disappeared for the rest of the season. He then underwent shoulder surgery in March and is entering camp as the fourth string tight end.
The loss of Deaver seemed to pull the California prospect into the fire before he was ready. A season later and Deaver is somewhat unexpectedly back, which could afford Koppenhaver a chance to undergo the redshirt season he game up a season ago. It would allow the player to retain three years of eligibility and to enter next season as a prohibitive favorite to back up Tennessee transfer Daniel Helm.
How he ended up in Durham
After indicating that he was needed to visit Duke to see the game day atmosphere, three star tight end prospect Davis Koppenhaver made things official on September 14th.
Koppenhaver selected the Blue Devils over offers from Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UNLV, Iowa State, Colgate, and Yale.
"For starters, academics have always been one of my main priorities, and I also really liked the coaches when I met them in July. It was just the right place for me."
High School Highlights
Three-year letterman at Hart under Mike Herrington…helped squad to three-year record of 28-11 with three state playoff berths and the 2013 CIF championship ... named to the 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA California Football Team by USA Today ... all-state pick by both MaxPreps (2nd team) and Cal-Hi Sports (3rd team) ... first team all-league, all-area and all-CIF selection following senior season ... as a senior, caught 85 passes for 981 yards and five TDs ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]
FB Forecast: TE Davis Koppenhaver
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