Texans land QB grad transfer Steven Duncan


STEPHENVILLE – As Tarleton prepares to make its debut in NCAA Division I, the Texans have added a signal caller with FBS experience in grad transfer Steven Duncan.

Standing tall at 6-foot-5, Duncan comes to Tarleton after spending the last four years at Division I FBS Western Kentucky, where he appeared in 12 games over the last two seasons. He started eight of those games and will come to Tarleton with two years of eligibility remaining.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add a quarterback like Steven,” said head coach Todd Whitten. “He brings high-level game experience from the Division I level and will provide excellent leadership for our team as we transition to the FCS level. We’ve had a history of talented quarterbacks here at Tarleton State University and I feel confident that he has the potential to fit that mold.”

Over the last two seasons for the Hilltoppers, Duncan threw for 1,863 yards and 14 touchdowns on a .583 completion percentage. He was a part of the team’s 2016 Conference USA (C-USA) Championship and two bowl victories – the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl and the 2019 First Responder Bowl.

“I’m very excited to continue my career at Tarleton State University,” said Duncan. “I saw this as a good opportunity to come in and play right away. Tarleton has been a very successful program and there’s a challenge of leading the team to a new level of competition (FCS) – and I really like that challenge.”

He made his first career start against Marshall on Sept. 29, 2018 and filled up the stat sheet by completing 24-of-39 passes for a season-high 263 yards and a touchdown. In his first full season of competition, Duncan threw for 1,071 yards and nine scores as a redshirt sophomore in 2018. As a junior in 2019, Duncan started three games and threw for 790 yards and five touchdowns before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. He amassed a career-high 304 yards against Central Arkansas on August 29 and, two games later, threw for 245 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Louisville.

He was a three-time academic conference commissioner’s honor roll selection at WKU.

Prior to his time at WKU, Duncan was a prep star for Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina. He was a three-year varsity letterman and also competed in basketball. He led his team to two regional championships with a combined record of 18-4 over those two seasons.

He was a three-time All-State first team selection and thrice named his team’s offensive player of the year. He was also a two-time academic letterman while passing for over 9,000 yards and 82 touchdowns on the field in his high school career.

Ranked as a two-star prospect by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com, he became the first player in his school’s history to sign a scholarship to play at the FBS level. He finished his prep career tied with Everett Golson (Notre Dame) as the fourth-highest passer in the state’s history.

He plans to pursue master’s degrees in business administration, as well as management and human resources at Tarleton.


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