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Pierre moves from emergency RB to game plan

Pierre moves from emergency RB to game plan

DURHAM, N.C. – Two weeks ago Nicodem Pierre moved from quarterback to running back as an emergency stopgap measure. Now he may turn out to be an important offensive weapon.That’s how quickly the redshirt freshman has adapted. He’s even added 10 pounds to his preseason listed...

Takeaways from second Duke scrimmage

Takeaways from second Duke scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. – The greening of Duke’s renovated Wallace Wade Stadium continued as the Blue Devils tested the pristine turf grown in Georgia and transplanted in quadrants for the first time in fall camp.After 75 snaps in Saturday’s second scrimmage leading to the Sept. 3 opener at...

Cutcliffe on the improving state of the ACC

Cutcliffe on the improving state of the ACC

You only need to listen to Duke coach David Cutcliffe speak to recognize his southern roots are in the deep south and Southeastern Conference rather than his current ACC and Durham, N.C., residences.His accent tells you as much as his bio. ...Click here for the rest of my...

A phone call to Archie and takeaways from Duke scrimmage

A phone call to Archie and takeaways from Duke scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe made a phone call Saturday afternoon to Archie Manning at his New Orleans home, but the conversation wasn’t about Peyton and Eli, Archie’s two NFL quarterbacks sons Cutcliffe has tutored over the years.He called for a...

Pierre sacrifices himself to boost Duke running game

Pierre sacrifices himself to boost Duke running game

Newsflash: Duke, short on bodies in the backfield due to injuries, moved its backup quarterback to running back. The positions listed for Nicodem Pierre on the roster now reads, “QB/RB.”Duke’s first test of its emergency backfield will be a Saturday night scrimmage in preparation...

McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

Duke football’s upswing continues climbing toward the Stanford bar of national respect for elite academics and winning football. What the Blue Devils need next is a longer run that translates into preseason national rankings they failed to attract in 2015.“Internally, I think...