The Denver Broncos didn’t stand pat with the Wide Receiver position this offseason. Out with Matt Willis and Brandon Stokley–in with Wes Welker and Tavarres King. During College Free Agency, the team added a pair of speedsters, one of which we will take a look at today.
Quincy McDuffie is a 5’-10”, 178 lb., 23-year old prospect out of Central Florida. He was a return specialist at UCF, finishing as the Knight’s all-time record holder in Kickoff returns (90), Kickoff return yards (2,501) and Kickoff return Touchdowns (six). He was also a 1st-team All-American as a kick returner.
NFL Draft Scout rated Quincy as the 59th out of 342 Wide Receiver prospects and 502nd overall in the 2013 Draft class. McDuffie was expected to go as high as the 7th round. He did not receive an invite to the Scouting Combine, so here are his measurables:
40 Yard Time – 4.43
20 Yard Split – 2.59
10 Yard Split – 1.48
Bench Press – 8
Vertical Jump – 35”
Broad Jump – 123”
20 Yard Shuttle – 4.21
3-Cone Drill – 7.15
Arm Length – 32 3/8”
Hand Length – 8 5/8”
McDuffie played 52 games (26 starts) during his career with UCF, with 92 catches for 1,102 yards, a 12.0 average and 7 Touchdowns. Quincy also rushed 52 times for 411 yard, a 7.9 average and 4 Touchdowns. As a return man, he fielded 90 kickoffs for a 27.8 yard average and 6 Touchdowns. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team in 2010 and 2012.
At Edgewater High School, Quincy played both Defensive Back and Wide Receiver, helping them to a pair of 6A district titles. He earned two varsity letters in football and three in track.
As a true freshman in 2009, McDuffie had 8 catches for 126 yards, 11 rushes for 55 yards, and 39 kickoff returns for 944 yards. He had a 95-yard Kickoff return for a Touchdown in his very first collegiate game.
The following year, Quincy had 13 receptions for 144 yards, 10 rushes for 54 yards, and 27 kick returns for 869 yards. He had Kickoff returns of 93 yards and 95 yards for Touchdowns and ranked 3rd in the country in Kick Return average.
In 2011, McDuffie had 43 receptions for 482 yards, 12 rushes for 132 yards, and became the first UCF Wide Receiver in school history to rush for at least 100 yards, finishing with 132 yards on 12 carries and a Touchdown. He added 7 kickoff returns for 106 yards.
During his senior campaign (2012), McDuffie had 28 receptions for 350 yards, 19 rushes for 170 yards, and 17 Kickoff Returns for 582 yards. His 34.2 yard average on Kick Returns led the nation. In an October game against Marshall, McDuffie set a school and Conference USA record by returning two Kickoffs for Touchdowns in the same game– one 97 yards and the other 98 yards. In November he scored a Touchdown on a 99-yard Kickoff Return against ECU. McDuffie was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year and was a first team All-Conference USA selection.
How he fits in Denver:
As one of the fastest men in college football in 2012, McDuffie returned three Kickoffs for Touchdowns and six total during his career at UCF. This isn’t an Oakland Raiders style pick up, although Al Davis would spin in his crypt at the thought of a division rival getting a speed guy. Quincy is a playmaking threat to take it to the house on any touch. This is a Dexter McCluster/Darren Sproles type prospect for the Broncos and a player that Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase can get creative with. McDuffie could really open things up for Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker when the Broncos go “Five Wide.” You want to talk about making things tough for Peyton Manning. Who will he throw it to?
Now that’s a pleasant problem to have.
– Kaptain Kirk