Kevin Johns


Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Conference: ACC

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
** In one season at Duke, Kevin Johns has helped the Blue Devils to seven victories – two more than the program’s total in the previous two years

            > Win total marks the most victories since 2018 when the team went 8-5

** This season, Duke has improved nationally in 12 major offensive categories including total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense, fourth down conversion percentage and time of possession. 


“Coach Johns has a tremendous knowledge base about offensive football. I think he’s done a really good job of tailoring the scheme around the pieces we have in place and the improvements we’ve made across the board as an offense. Scoring, the rushing offense and then what we’re doing on third down, it’s really been impressive. Doing all of that with a first-time starting quarterback and while also battling through some injuries as we haven’t been the healthiest all year on offense and so just a tremendously intelligent football coach and I’m really glad he’s here with us.”

“He and [QB] Riley [Leonard] have a really special relationship. The improvement and development of our quarterback position from the start of spring ball to where we are right now today is almost amazing. Credit to Kevin and also a credit to the job that Riley has done. Then you look at other guys he’s had a hand in developing such as Jaquez Moore, Jordan Moore, Sahmir Hagans, among others. Young guys who have really had to step up into big roles. Then we had to fit three transfers into this thing and we had to get those guys ready to go into the offensive line and so truly credit to everything he’s done and what he’s brought to this thing.”

“You’ve got an experienced guy who knows how to run a room. I think he commands respect, but he also does it the right way and so guys want to give him respect. It’s a very collaborative effort and at the end of the day he knows he’s in charge and he’s on top of it. He’s just done a really good job of bringing that whole group together.”

Coach's Past Performance

In 2022, Duke became bowl eligible for the first time since 2018 behind the strong quarterback presence of sophomore Riley Leonard, who has thrown for 2,113 yards and 13 TDs against five interceptions while rushing 100 times for 625 yards and 10 scores.

In his first year as the primary starter, Leonard ranks fifth in the ACC in pass completion percentage (178-of-278 [.640]). In addition, he ranks third in the ACC in total offense, with a mark of 273.80 yards per outing after compiling 2,113 passing and 625 rushing yards on the season.

Against Virginia Tech in Week 10, Leonard became the first Duke QB since Quentin Harris in 2019 to rush for 500+ and throw for 2,000+ yards in a single season. Only three other players in program history have achieved that feat (Thomas Sirk, 2015; Daniel Jones, 2017 and Harris, 2019). Leonard currently has 10 rushing scores on the year, which is the most in a single season by a Duke quarterback since Brandon Connette set Duke’s record with 14 in 2013.


“Coach Johns is the hardest working coach I’ve ever been around. He’s the first one in the facility and last one out every day. There’s not one situation I’ve been put in on gameday that he hasn’t taught me the answer to. He’s taught me not only the mechanics of playing quarterback, but how to be one as well. There are so many intangibles that come with being a quarterback and he’s walked me through every one of them. He’s also taught me how to carry myself as a person and a leader. He is a Christian above everything and has taught me to see what’s really important in life.

“Coach Johns makes every one of our jobs simple. He condenses the game to allow us to play freely. And as a player that’s all you can ask for. Each of us has bought into his scheme because he’s bought into us. From the first day he stepped onto campus he believed in us. That means a lot because many of us were backups last year. I don’t think there’s a player on this team who doesn’t love playing for him.”­

Team Record and Standings

** 7-3 Overall, 4-2ACC

** Currently riding a three-game winning streak, also achieved a three-game winning streak to begin the year

** Seven wins are the most since 2018 when the Blue Devils finished 8-5

** Will play in first bowl game since 2018

** Duke is 5-0 this season when scoring first; in each of those five games, the Blue Devils have registered a touchdown to begin the scoring and four were on their opening drive

** Duke’s offensive line currently ranks first in the ACC and tied for 31st nationally in sacks allowed with just 14 on the year.

** Have posted a 4-1 record at home – Duke’s most home victories since 2017

** Duke has won 3+ home games and 3+ away games in a season for the first time since 2018

** Are a perfect 2-0 in November after going 5-12 in November games the previous five years

** Team was picked to finish 7th (last) in the Coastal Division at the annual ACC Kickoff media event in July

** Other preseason projections:

>> Athlon Sports: Last (7th) in Coastal Division

>> 247Sports: Last (14th) in ACC



** Duke has made significant jumps from where it was a year ago … below is a chart noting some of the numbers


       National Rank

Statistic                                      2021          2022    Difference

Total Offense                             54              43          +11 Scoring Offense                      102            33          +69 Rushing Offense                      50              23          +27 Team Passing Efficiency      95              56          +39 Passing Yards Per Comp.    115            76          +39 Passes Had Intercepted       40              20          +20 Turnover Margin                      108            2             +106    Fumbles Lost                             122            5            +117 4th Down Conversion %        112            35         +67 Sacks Allowed                           66              31          +35 Tackles for Loss Allowed      116            19          +97 Time of Possession                  84              24          +60

Team/Unit Stats

** The Blue Devils have 2,038 rushing and 2,156 passing yards on the year … prior to this year, Duke had registered 2,000 rushing and passing yards in the same season just seven times in its history (2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2021)

** Duke ranks fifth in the ACC in scor­ing offense, aver­aging 33.7 points per game after ranking last in the conference and 102 nationally in the category a season ago

** Duke & Florida State are the only two teams in the ACC to be averaging 200.00-plus rushing and passing yards per game on the season

** The Blue Devils have registered 43 total touchdowns to rank fourth in the conference … the total is the most since Duke recorded 51 in 2018

** The Blue Devils are outscoring their opponent 337-215 … they are also outscoring their opponents in three-of-four quarters this year … Duke has recorded points in 36-of-40 quarters played in regulation

** Duke ranks fifth in the ACC in total offense, averaging 419.40 yards per outing … its 4,194 offensive yards on the year also rank fifth, while its 6.24 yards per play place the Blue Devils third in the league

** Season averages: 203.8 rushing yards & 215.60 passing yards



** Duke ranks first in the ACC in quarterback sacks allowed (14) … the number places them 31st nationally after ranking 66th in the category a year ago

** Duke’s team passing efficiency and passes had intercepted has also improved under Johns … the Blue Devils rank sixth and second in the ACC, respectively, in those categories

** WR Jalon Calhoun has caught 41 passes for 585 yards and two TDs

            > ranks 11th in the conference in receiving yards per game (58.5) and receptions

            > tied for 12th in receiving yards per catch (14.3)

** Three Duke receivers have 300+ receiving yards on the year and four have caught 2+ TD passes


** Duke is second in the ACC in both rushing yards (2,038) and rushing offense (203.8)

** Duke has recorded 200-plus rushing yards on six different occasions this year and ranks 23rd nationally with 203.8 ground yards per contest

**Duke’s three running backs along with QB Riley Leonard make Duke the only school in the ACC with four players with 300-plus rushing yards

** Three running backs have combined to rush 241 times for 1,282 yards and a 5.32 per carry average

** All three running backs average at least 4.8 yards per attempt

** Duke has rushed for 27 TDs – the program’s highest single-season total since 2013 (28)

**Duke ranks first in the conference and tied for 12th nationally with 27 rushing scores on the year … those 27 rushing touchdowns tie them with the 1951 team for the third-most in program history

** The Blue Devils quartet become Duke’s first foursome to register four-plus rushing scores in a season since 1948

** As a team, the Blue Devils rank second in the ACC with a 5.27 yards per rush average

** Leonardranks fourth in the league in rushing TDs (10)

** Leonard is currently tied for third all-time in program history with 10 rushing TDs by a QB in a single season (Ace Parker) … he also ranks fourth in program lore for most rushing yards by a QB in a single season with 625

** Per game average of 203.8 yards is Duke’s highest since 1976 (235.36)

** Duke rushed for a season-high 297 yards in a 38-35 loss to North Carolina

** Duke has scored 4+ rushing TDs on five different occasions in 2022

Individual Player Stats

PASSING: 178-278 (.640), 2,113 yards, 13 TDs, 5 INTs

RUSHING: 100 attempts, 625 yards, 10 TDs

** ACC Rankings:

            > 1st in rushing as a QB (625); 5th overall

            > 2nd in rushing TDs as a QB (10); 4th overall

            > 2nd in rush yards per carry (6.25)

            > 3rd in total offense (273.8)

> 5th in points responsible for (138)

            > 6th in rushing yards per game (62.5)

            > 6th in pass efficiency (139.71)

            > 6th in passing TDs (13) and passing yards (2,113)

** 7-3 record as Duke’s starting QB

** Posted one of Duke’s all-time top 10 single-game pass completion percentage marks

            > .800 (24-of-30) vs. Temple

** Only player in the ACC with 10+ rushing TDs & 10+ passing TDs

** Second player in Duke history with 10+ rushing TDs & 10+ passing TDs in a single season

** Tied for eighth in Duke’s single-season record for TD responsibility (23)