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Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

Blackwell making a play to be the other guy

Blackwell making a play to be the other guy

DURHAM -- Quarterbacks facing Duke this year will step to the line looking to locate All-ACC cornerback Mark Gilbert. Then they’ll l search the other side for the corner that the scouting reports consider the weaker link. If they don’t, Gilbert may pick off a pass as he did in...

McSwain may join Wohlabaugh up front

McSwain may join Wohlabaugh up front

The status of Duke’s most important 2018 priority – improved offensive line play – was the same following spring drills as it was after the Quick Lanes Bowl. Back then, the win over Northern Illinois in Detroit was the first look ahead from a 7-6 record enhanced by a three-game...

Humphreys confident and building

Humphreys confident and building

DURHAM, N.C. – Ben Humphreys, smiling and healthy after an injury-hampered junior season, stood brimming with optimism. On the first day of fall camp, he said something that stands out as more challenging for this year's Duke seniors than Blue Devils have faced in past farewell...

Highly touted QBs overlooking Duke guru

Highly touted QBs overlooking Duke guru

Jack Sears seemed to answer a perplexing Duke recruiting question two years ago. Prior to the 4-star quarterback committing to the Blue Devils, you had to wonder why more highly touted QBs don’t clamor to play for David Cutcliffe? After all, the Blue Devils’ head coach is...

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

CARY, N.C. -- David Cutcliffe called for a show of hands.The Duke football coach was the veteran attending the 16th annual Pigskin Preview presented by the Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel. While seated at the dais...

Army and Duke opener deserves spotlight

Army and Duke opener deserves spotlight

Army-Duke is overshadowed among marquee college football season openers this season. Michigan-Notre Dame, Louisville-Alabama and Miami-LSU are the luminous matchups. Nonetheless, Army-Duke is one of the more intriguing games pairing two teams that are looking to build on last...

Lloyd hopes a trick to new season is holding

Lloyd hopes a trick to new season is holding

Duke coach David Cutcliffe shares many traits with his successful brethren. They have kept him in the college game four decades, including resuscitating the Blue Devils’ long moribund program. But he has demonstrated once again that depth chart paranoia isn’t one of those...

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Duke coach David Cutcliffe is prepared to accept eliminating kickoffs. After the Blue Devils’ Saturday spring game, he said if the NCAA Football Rules Committee’s intent is to do away with the injury-prone play in phases, let’s be done with it now.“I’ve been around a long time,...

Cutcliffe takes to mic to share optimism

Cutcliffe takes to mic to share optimism

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said some things most coaches avoid at a spring game. He raised expectations. Midway through the Spring Showcase Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium, he had his players take a knee at midfield. He took a microphone and introduced the Blue Devils’ most...