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Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Duke’s Daniel Jones is leaving for the NFL Draft, but his announcement on Monday may have a long-term benefit. It may mean future elite quarterback talent will take a longer look at the Blue Devils. The third-year starter that arrived from Charlotte Latin lightly recruited – he...

Bowl game is their focus over the NFL

Bowl game is their focus over the NFL

For a couple of redshirt juniors that NFL scouts have bird-dogged the past two seasons, Duke’s Daniel Jones and Joe Gilles-Harris don’t sound like guys looking ahead to 2019 NFL Draft at the expense of their teammates' bowl experience.. Jones, a third-year starting quarterback,...

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

By Tom ShanahanKelvin Hopkins and Daniel Jones stood out as an odd couple at clinics five summers ago. That observation, though, applied only if viewing the NFL as the end-all-to-be-all for two college-bound high school kids from Charlotte, N.C.Jones has developed into a 6-foot-5...

Winning is not easy in the improved ACC

Winning is not easy in the improved ACC

DURHAM, N.C. – The past decade or so has seen ACC schools top to bottom invest in their football programs. That means seeking out the right coach and properly funding recruiting while building state-of-the-art facilities. Duke and Wake Forest are two developmental programs that...

Measuring Duke growth by national powers

Measuring Duke growth by national powers

On the long list of examples documenting Duke’s rebuilt football program under 11th-year head coach David Cutcliffe, add Saturday’s game at Clemson compared to the Blue Devils meeting Alabama in the 2010 season. That was Cutcliffe’s third year of his arduous task upon inheriting...

NFL scouts saw plenty and UNC too much

NFL scouts saw plenty and UNC too much

DURHAM, N.C. – It’s nothing new for NFL scouts to travel to Durham to take another look at Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. They’ve shown up since he took over as the starter in 2016, his redshirt freshman season. The notion, though, that they might also have been attracted to see...

Two throwbacks of another kind protect Jones

Two throwbacks of another kind protect Jones

DURHAM, N.C. -- These days, college football verbiage often turns to claims the billion-dollar industry exploits athletes. Once in awhile, though, we’re reminded of the sport’s innocent roots before money hardened the game. They grew when some Princeton and Rutgers students...

Blue Devils reach down deeper for fourth win

Blue Devils reach down deeper for fourth win

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s “next man up” mantra that now extends to quarterbacks remains perfect to the tune of a 4-0 start. Backup quarterback Quentin Harris was on his way to leading the Blue Devils to their second straight win in his second start since third-year starter Daniel...

Jones and Gilbert sidelined following surgeries

Jones and Gilbert sidelined following surgeries

Duke’s quick start, one of the Blue Devils weren’t shy about anticipating in fall camp, suddenly struck three injury speed bumps following impressive season-opening victories over a pair of 10-win teams, Army and Northwestern. The school announced on Sunday that All-ACC...

Duke protects Jones and stretches Army

Duke protects Jones and stretches Army

DURHAM, N.C. – For Duke to challenge Miami in the ACC Coastal Division during a year it also plays Atlantic Division member Clemson, the Blue Devils need to show they can defeat double-digit victory teams. That made Army a fitting test. The Black Knights’ 10-3 record a year ago...