- Kurt Roper
|2014||Florida (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)|
|2013||Duke (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)|
|2008-12||Duke (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)|
|2006-07||Tennessee (Running Backs)|
|2002-04||Ole Miss (Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks)|
|1998-2001||Ole Miss (Quarterbacks)|
|1996-98||Tennessee (Graduate Assistant, Defense & Special Teams)|
- A coaching veteran who has mentored a trio of 3,000-yard passers, Kurt Roper joined the Duke program in January of 2008 and served as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator while coaching the Blue Devil quarterbacks.
- Duke enjoyed a record-setting season in 2013, as the Blue Devils won a school-record 10 games en route to winning the ACC’s Coastal Division championship for the first time since the league went to divisional play in 2005. Following its loss to No. 1 Florida State in the ACC Championship Game, Duke accepted a bid to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where the Blue Devils will meet Texas A&M on Dec. 31 in Atlanta, Ga.
- The Blue Devils thrived in 2013, setting the school record for total touchdowns (54) while becoming the first squad in program history to post 20+ rushing and 20+ passing touchdowns in the same season.
- Under Roper’s watch, quarterback Brandon Connette became the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, while fellow signal-caller Anthony Boone set the Duke record for most winning starts by a QB to open a career with 10.
- Wideout Jamison Crowder, a first-team All-ACC selection in 2013, established school single-season records for pass receptions (96) and receiving yardage (1,197) with still one contest remaining.
- In 2012, Roper directed the Duke offense to a school single-season record 410 points and 31.5 points per game, marking the fifth-highest average in school history.
- All-ACC wide receivers Crowder (76 receptions, 1,074 yards, 8 touchdowns) and Conner Vernon (85-1,074-8) established a conference record for most combined catches while becoming just the second pair in league history to post over 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
- Quarterback Sean Renfree threw for over 3,000 yards and finished his career ranked among the ACC’s all-time leaders in passing yardage (7th; 9,465), pass completions (3rd; 898), 300-yard passing games (t4th; 11) and completion percentage (6th; .647).
- Under Roper’s guidance in 2011, the Blue Devils ranked second in the ACC in passing offense as wide receiver Vernon became the first player in league history to post multiple seasons with 70-plus receptions. In addition, wideout Donovan Varner eclipsed the school’s all-time catch record while Duke rushed for 19 touchdowns, matching the program’s highest output since 1995.
- In 2010, Duke averaged 381.3 yards per game, the program’s highest total since 1989, when the Blue Devils captured the league championship. Renfree became just the fourth player in Duke’s history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season, and Vernon was an All-ACC pick after catching 73 passes.
- Connette set a school record for rushing TDs by a freshman with eight, while Duke had five players with 30 or more receptions for just the second time in school history.
- In 2008-09, Roper directed two-time All-ACC quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in pass attempts (1,510), pass completions (877), passing yards (10,065) and passing touchdowns (67). One of just two players in ACC history to throw for more than 10,000 yards in a career, Lewis led the ACC in total offense in 2009 while throwing for 3,330 yards and 20 TDs.
- Roper came to Duke after serving the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Tennessee, where he coached the running backs. The Vols produced 19 wins in two years with one SEC Eastern Division crown and a pair of Outback Bowl berths.
- Tennessee’s rushing attack in 2007 was featured by Arian Foster, who gained 1,193 yards on 245 carries while scoring 12 touchdowns on the ground. Foster went on to lead the NFL in rushing in 2010 and earn invitation to the 2011 Pro Bowl.
- In 2005, Roper coached the quarterbacks at Kentucky under Rich Brooks.
- Roper followed current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe from Tennessee to Ole Miss and spent six years in Oxford as the Rebels went 44-29 with four bowl game victories. Ole Miss enjoyed one of its finest seasons in school history in 2003, when the Rebels went 10-3, captured a share of the SEC Western Division title and defeated Oklahoma State, 31-28, in the Cotton Bowl.
- While with Ole Miss, Roper coached the quarterbacks all six years and added the responsibility of passing game coordinator for his final three seasons. Among his pupils was record-setting, All-America signal-caller Eli Manning, the 2003 SEC Player of the Year who was the number one overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
- Roper got his start in coaching at Tennessee, serving as a graduate assistant coach from 1996-98 while working with the Volunteer defensive and special teams’ units.
- While at Tennessee, Roper helped coach All-SEC defensive backs Terry Fair (1996 & 1997) and Dwayne Goodrich (1998) and two-time All-SEC placekicker Jeff Hall (1996 & 1998).
Prominent Players Coached
- QB BRANDON CONNETTE – Has become the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns. Set a school record for rushing touchdowns as freshman with eight in 2010.
- WR JAMISON CROWDER – A first-team All-ACC selection in 2013, he has already established school single-season records for pass receptions (96) and receiving yardage (1,197) with still one contest remaining
- QB SEAN RENFREE – Threw for over 3,000 yards in 2012 and finished his career ranked among the ACC’s all-time leaders in passing yardage (7th; 9,465), pass completions (3rd; 898), 300-yard passing games (t4th; 11) and completion percentage (6th; .647). Renfree went on to become a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 NFL Draft.
- QB THADDEUS LEWIS – Finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in pass attempts (1,510), pass completions (877), passing yards (10,065) and passing touchdowns (67). One of just two players in ACC history to throw for more than 10,000 yards in a career, Lewis led the ACC in total offense in 2009 while throwing for 3,330 yards and 20 TDs.
- RB ARIAN FOSTER – Gained 1,193 yards on 245 carries for the Vols in 2007, while scoring 12 touchdowns on the ground. Foster went on to lead the NFL in rushing in 2010 and earn invitation to the 2011 Pro Bowl.
- QB ELI MANNING – As a senior, Manning won the Maxwell Award as the nation's top collegiate player, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top senior quarterback and was chosen the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press and SEC Coaches. Manning was selected the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and then was traded to the New York Giants.
NFL PLAYERS (ROUND DRAFTED)
- QB Eli Manning (1st) – Ole Miss ’04 – San Diego Chargers
- RB Arian Foster (UFA) – Tennessee ’09 – Houston Texans
- QB Thaddeus Lewis (UFA) – Duke ’10 – St. Louis Rams
- TE Cooper Helfet (UFA) – Duke ’12 – Seattle Seahawks
- QB Sean Renfree (7th) – Duke ’13 – Atlanta Falcons
- WR Conner Vernon (UFA) – Duke ’13 – Oakland Raiders
- Earned three letters as a quarterback and defensive back at Rice (1991-94)
- Birthdate: July 25, 1972
- Hometown: Ames, Iowa
- Education: 1995 – Bachelor’s Degree from Rice University; 1998 – Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee
- Family: He and his wife, Britt, have one daughter, Reese, and one son, Luke
Bowl Games as a Coach