Koby Quansah - Duke University - Linebacker

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Duke University's senior linebacker, Koby Quansah is one of the nine Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalists for 2019. Koby is an ACC Academic Honor Roll student the last 2 years and an Academic All-ACC student in 2017. He leads the team in tackles this year and is third overall in the ACC. Koby is a regular with Habitat for Humanity, recently helped build seven smokeless stoves and a home for families in Guatemala and was also named to the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.


  • 3.379 GPA, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

  • Major-Minor Psychology-Markets & Management Certificate

  • Academic All-ACC (2017)

  • ACC Academic Honor Roll (2017 & 2018)


  • In 2017, Koby received the Bill Keziah Award as the team’s most outstanding special teams performer and the program’s Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, an honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning.

  • Team leader in tackles - 2019

  • In 2019, Quansah currently leads the Duke defense and is third in the ACC with 59 total tackles. He is tied for tops on the team with 6.0 tackles for loss and has posted 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery to his senior year resume.

  • The senior has also already earned ACC Linebacker Player of the Week accolades after his performance against Virginia Tech where he posted a game high 13 tackles, a fumble recovery, a half-sack and a pass breakup.


  • Habitat for Humanity, Guatemala Trip: In May of 2018, Quansah traveled toAntigua, Guatemala, with a group of Duke football teammates and staff members. While in Guatemala, the Blue Devil volunteers assembled seven smokeless stoves and helped construct the basis of a house for a small family.

  • Habitat for Humanity, Durham Initiative: Prior to the trip to Guatemala, Quansah took part in the Duke Football program’s local Habitat for Humanity initiative, helping the organization with a building project in Durham throughout the summer.

  • Team Tobati: Quansah has gone on trips with Team Tobati, which is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in Tobati, Paraguay. During the spring of 2013 and 2016, he helped construct classrooms and schools, and aided the medical infrastructure for the region’s poor.

  • HRL West Campus Office: During the summer of 2017, served the Duke West Campus Housing and Residence Life staff, organizing and sorting keys for more than 500 campers and summer session students on campus, sorting mail for the 10-member staff and adapting to other needs.

  • LEAD: In the winter of 2019, took part in the Leadership Enrichment and Development (L.E.A.D) program, geared toward taking the next step to becoming team leader.

  • First Year ACTION Mentor: Quansah twice served with the Duke program, mentoring freshmen student-athletes and helping them adjust to the college lifestyle as well as the demands of being a Division I student-athlete.

  • Quansah was named to the 2019 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. He was one of just 22 student-athletes nationwide selected for this prestigious honor. The team acts of service range from the founding of an organization that serves the homeless, to raising research funds for the rare disease community.

"Koby has made multiple overseas trips to invest in the lives of others. From his

work with Duke Football in Guatemala to his start overseas with Team Tobati,

Koby is passionate about serving. He has developed a strong relationship with the

Durham Habitat for Humanity group and has continued to pour time and effort into

the Durham community. He is a great representative of Duke Football, both locally

and internationally."


Why was the Wuerffel Trophy created?  We felt that there was a void in major college football awards. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel put it best when he wrote, “The Wuerffel. It’s about time. There’s an award for the best quarterback, best running back, wide receiver, best linebacker, best center and even best kicker and punter. Why not one for the best human being?”


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