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Wake needs win for three more weeks

Wake needs win for three more weeks

Duke and Wake Forest are known as developmental programs. That means the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons must build recruiting classes based on 3-star prospects and lower rated athletes to compete with ACC schools that are heavy on 4-stars. Their place in the college football food...

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...

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentEast Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon clarifying that football coach Scottie Montgomery’s future won’t be decided until the final three games are played.Montgomery’s three-year record is 8-25 overall and...

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...

Blocking is secret Jackson learned in college

Blocking is secret Jackson learned in college

DURHAM, N.C. -- More is being asked of Deon Jackson these days, especially with starting running back Brittain Brown injured. Jackson ran the ball only 32 times last year, but it’s more than the number of carries that have altered his work load. No matter how many times Jackson...

Inside linebackers remain joined at hip

Inside linebackers remain joined at hip

 If it seemed like Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys were joined at the hip throughout last week’s win at Georgia Tech, look no further the defensive statistics. Together, Duke’s inside linebackers combined for 26 tackles. Giles-Harris, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, led the...

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

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...

Defensive backs living up to their mantra

Defensive backs living up to their mantra

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke prides itself on fulfilling a “next man up” mentality – one many programs strive to fulfill yet fall short of -- but the Blue Devils’ defensive backs are testing the limits. Following an injury-plagued 3-0 start, this week marks the first time Duke has...