What kept Duffey motivated among the top competition in the nation?
“Just understanding that I’m blessed everyday. Just waking up is a blessing and God has truly blessed me with an amazing life," Duffey said. "I was in football heaven for all high school players and it’s hard not to smile 24/7 about that. I mainly try to keep a positive attitude because we have to learn to control what we can control, so that is something big that I’m on.”
Duffey, a 5-foot-11.5, 176-pound quarterback who is committed to Texas Tech, went on to highlight his favorite moments at the Elite 11 and The Opening.
One of them was receiving the first Top Gun Old Glory Award, which is voted on by guest speakers and coaches and given to the guy that “brought the most, was energized and focused.”
“To be recognized as a great person by great people feels amazing and means a lot to me,” Duffey said.
One of the biggest takeaways for Duffey came from conversation with the head coach of the Nike Elite 11, Trent Dilfer.
“He [Dilfer] said to always be a man as a football player, don’t just be a football player. Never allow the game to fully consume you, because it’s easy for the game to consume you because everyone is competing and working to be the best they can possibly be,” Duffey said.
Duffey learned just as much on the field, and said he worked on making small adjustments and taking coaching from some of the best. He added that regardless what team you were on every opportunity the coaches had to coach him up, they did.
According to Scout national recruiting analyst, Greg Powers, Duffey shined in the 7-on-7 tournament at The Opening. He also showed off his speed and ran a 4.64 40-yard dash, the best time of the 18 Elite 11 quarterbacks.
Overall, Duffey sums up the week at the Nike Headquarters as an experience “that you can’t replace.”
Now with the Elite 11 behind him, what’s next for Duffey?
“Getting ready for the season and just making sure me and my team are focused on that. Then getting ready for Lubbock,” Duffey said.