Duke QB Riley Leonard is proving his biggest doubters wrong — even his own mother

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By Max Chadwick, PFF.com

Despite being the star athlete in Fairhope, Alabama, Leonard didn’t receive a football scholarship offer until the end of his junior year in high school. Until then, he was planning on playing basketball in college. It was only when his quarterbacks coach, David Morris, showed former Duke coach David Cutcliffe his tape that he decided to stick to football.

“I definitely felt like I was overlooked,” Leonard said. “I never took an unofficial or an official visit to any school. I came up here blindly. Obviously, when Cut offers you a scholarship to a school like this, you don’t turn it down. You can’t fail when you come to a school like Duke. I know it’s kind of cliche to say, but worst case scenario, you graduate and you’re going to get a great job.”

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