62-yard punt return by Devin Rahming is the big blow
2006 Don Hansen Honorable Mention FCS Mid-Major All-American
Enters his junior season ranked second among FCS returning quarterbacks in career yards passing per game (246.5), tied for second in career completions per game (18.4) and third in attempts per game (32.9) ... his 55.9 career completion percentage currently ranks ahead of the school-best 53.6 percent set by Niel Loebig from 2001-04 ... holds three school records: single-season completions (209 as a sophomore), single-season completion percentage (59.5% as a sophomore) and single-game completions (35-of-48 at Fordham as a sophomore) ... also holds the DU freshman record for passing yards in a game (365 in his first career start versus Robert Morris in 2005) ... is 11-6 as a starter ... has thrown multiple touchdown passes (two or more) in 13 of 17 games including all 10 games last season ... has topped the 300-yard passing mark five times ... stepped into the shoes of four-year starter Niel Loebig, who finished his career as one of just five players in I-AA history to throw for over 10,000 yards (10,254) and 100 touchdowns (103) ... Duquesne has had an impressive run of quarterbacks beginning with Dave Loya in 1994 ... Loya, who became the starter in the second game of his sophomore year, broke 13 of 15 school passing records in this three years as a starter (1995-97) ... Tony Zimmerman, who began his career at Pitt, transferred in and started for three years (1998-00), breaking 11 of 15 records ... Loebig followed Zimmerman and broke 13 of 15 passing marks in his four years as a starter (2001-04) ... Loebig and Loya are both members of the 2007 coaching staff.
as a sophomore (2006): was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week a league-high five times on the way to ranking second nationally in passing yards per game (285.3) ... threw for 28 scores and rushed for one ... ranked fourth nationally in points responsible for (17.4/g.) ... his 280.9 yards per game of total offense ranked fifth ... his pass efficiency rating of 146.74 was the 13th-best in the country ... completed a school record 59.5 percent of his passes (209-of-351) ... his 209 completions in `06 broke the previous school mark of 207 set by Niel Loebig in 2003 (in 11 games) ... Knapp's 2,853 yards passing were the second-highest single-season total in school history ... his 28 TD passes tied the second-highest season mark and was just one shy of the school record of 29 set by Loebig in 2002 ... got out of the blocks quickly, completing a then career-high 24 passes in 36 attempts for 348 yards and two scores (32 & 34 yards) in DU's season-opening overtime loss at Bucknell ... eclipsed his freshman touchdown pass total with 11 in DU's first four games ... threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half of DU's 41-10 win over Saint Francis ... followed that with three more scoring tosses in leading to Dukes to a 24-21 come-from-behind win over Sacred Heart (DU trailed 14-0 after one quarter) ... threw for a career-high 381 yards in a 21-19 loss to West Liberty State ... set a new school record with 35 completions (in 48 attempts) in throwing for 363 yards and three TDs in DU's 20-17 win at Fordham ... added three touchdown passes each at Saint Peter's and versus Marist ... finished the year with four TD passes at La Salle.
as a freshman (2005): four-time MAAC Rookie of the Week & MAAC Offensive Rookie of the Year despite having his season cut short by a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the final three games ... won the starting quarterback position in preseason camp as a redshirt freshman ... completed 23-of-42 passes for a freshman-record 365 yards (the 7th-highest total in school history) and a touchdown in the season-opener vs. Robert Morris and followed that by completing 12-of-23 passes for 265 yards including TD tosses of 65 & 66 yards in the win vs. Fordham ... completed 49.8 percent of his passes (104-of-209) for 1,337 yards and 10 touchdowns ... threw two touchdown passes in three different games (Fordham, at Penn and at Marist) ... missed DU's last three games due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Oct. 22 Marist game.
personal: sat out as a redshirt in 2004 ... passed for 4,647 yards in leading Pittsburgh Perry to a 37-4 record and three City League championships from 2001-03 ... was a three-time All-City League quarterback ... also served as Perry's placekicker for three seasons ... played for Perry's 2003-04 City League champion basketball team ... was also a multiple-time All-City League infielder for the baseball team ... major: secondary education/citizenship ... date of birth: 6/27/86.
Knapp's career statistics passing Year G/GS Comp.-Att. Pct. Yds. Rating TD Int. LG 2005 7/7 104-209 49.8 1,337 107.80 10 12 t66 2006 10/10 209-351 59.5 2,853 146.74 28 13 t68 Totals 17/17 313-560 55.9 4,190 132.21 38 25 t68