John Watson, Scout.com

FB Forecast: CB Johnathan Lloyd

We continue our player by player season preview with a look at one of the biggest in-state recruiting commitments of the last few cycles. After converting from quarterback to defensive back, Johnathan Lloyd has a lot going for him as he works into his redshirt freshman season.

Johnathan Lloyd

Position:

CB

Height/Weight:

6-foot-0 / 190 pounds

High School:

Graham (NC) / Southern Alamance

Year:

Redshirt Freshman

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2014 Review:

Lloyd was a major in-state recruit and enrolled at Duke in January of 2014 as a player capable of playing several positions for the Blue Devils.  Initially he worked with the quarterbacks, but eventually settled in at defensive back following the spring session.  Then Lloyd was sidelined following Spring Practice with arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in June.  Though he redshirted for the football team, he appeared in 22 games for the Duke baseball team, starting 10 games as an outfielder

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2015 Preview

Lloyd begins his redshirt freshman season lining up as the third string quarterback behind both Alonzo Saxton and Bryon Fields.  Saxon has already moved towards the top of the depth chart after Fields has been sidelined with injury.  Similarly, Lloyd got a lot of time with the second string and a few snaps in a mix of 1s and 2s in the first public scrimmage.    

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TDD Projection

Lloyd is the kind of prospect who is both a blessing and a curse for a coaching staff.  He’s got so many natural gifts athletically that he simply needs to be on the field and can find a way into the lineup at several positions.  The flip side of that argument is that a player with those kinds of assets can become competent at several positions, but a master of none.  Luckily, Lloyd has settled in on his position very early in his career and seems to be picking up the intricacies of the defensive back in Duke’s 4-2-5 system.  If Saxton can keep his starting spot, then it’s a fair bet that Lloyd can battle to ultimately grab the back up spot while also competing with Zach Muniz for the back up spot to Breon Borders.

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How he ended up in Durham

The Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance standout athlete selected Duke over written offers from North Carolina, West Virginia, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Illinois, and East Carolina.

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Southern Alamance under Andrew Carrouth ...as a senior, threw for 3,068 yards with 26 TDs and seven INTs while rushing for 755 yards and 11 TDs to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors for the region from the Burlington Times-News ... compiled 2,663 yards of total offense along with 33 total TDs as a junior ... four-time all-conference and three-time all-region pick ... in prep career, threw for over 5,500 yards with 48 TDs while rushing for over 3,000 yards and 39 TDs ... also participated in basketball and baseball. [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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