FB Forecast: WR Max McCaffrey

The most experienced wide receiver on the roster is the subject of our latest player by player preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils Football team.

Max McCaffrey

Position:

WR

Height/Weight:

6-foot-2 / 200 pounds

High School:

Castle Rock (CO) / Valor Chirstian

Year:

Senior

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2014 Review:

Appeared in all 13 games as a junior as one of Duke’s starting wide receivers and ranked third on the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns.  Going back to his sophomore season in 2012, McCaffrey has started in 25 of 27 contests and has amassed 63 catches for 667 yards and seven touchdowns.   

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2015 Preview

Listed as a starter for the third consecutive season, McCaffrey enters 2015 as one of only four active receivers in the ACC with 25+ receptions, 250+ receiving yards and 3+ TD receptions in each of the past two seasons.  Much like Johnell Barnes, McCaffrey enters the season with a great deal of experience and is expected to see his final season end with a higher number of targets, catches, and yards.

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TDD Projection

Even though Duke will likely be a run-heavy team early on, we’d expect McCaffrey’s numbers to take a small increase by year’s end.  Throughout camp he’s been the model of a steady possession receiver, capable of going over the middle, beating opponents to the inside on a slant, and he’s a capable open field blocker as well.  He may not eclipse his career high of four touchdowns from 2013 - primarily due to Duke’s focus on the ground game and the return of redzone target Braxton Deaver - but, we do expect a surge in the number of targets, catches, yards, and yards per catch.

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How He Arrived At Duke

McCaffrey committed to Duke on June 2, 2011 - shortly after completing his junior year at Valor Christian High.  He chose Duke over offers from Stanford, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, and others.

"I committed for several reasons," he told TDD, "I suppose the main ones were the academic programs and the fact that I have had several family members attend Duke. I also like how I fit in with the program there." 

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High School Highlights
Lettered three seasons at Valor Christian under coach Brent Viselmeyer ... helped Valor Christian to 39-3 record including undefeated, 14-0 campaigns in both 2009 and 2011 ... member of three consecutive state championship squads ... listed as the No. 68 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com ... in senior season, caught a team-high 40 passes for 833 yards and eight TDs as Valor Christian averaged 48.7 points per game ... led the 2011 Valor Christian defense in INTs (3), INT returns for TDs (3), PBUs (8) and blocked punts (3) as the Eagles allowed just 6.9 points per game and posted five shutouts ...  [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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