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Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski’s post-game concerns ranged beyond grading his No. 4-ranked basketball team’s performance as the Blue Devils prepared for their season opener with Kentucky on Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic. The venerable Coach K wanted to know if the Bulldogs,...

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — If anyone wonders what Ferris State was doing on the court with Duke in a 132-48 exhibition game loss Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s idea.Coach K has been inviting the reigning NCAA Division II champion for the past nine...

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 trying to flip roles with Hokies

Blue Devils trying to flip roles with Hokies

Virginia Tech-Duke suddenly turned into a key ACC Coastal Division game. You can tell by the ESPN-dictated starting time: 7 p.m. Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.Virginia Tech was a preseason Coastal favorite, along with Miami, despite the Hokies’ off-season losses on...

Katrenick winning at QB musical chairs game

Katrenick winning at QB musical chairs game

DURHAM, N.C. – If you think N.C. Central felt frustrated when Duke third-team quarterback Chris Katrenick directed three second-half scoring drives, imagine the second-guessing of highly recruited QBs still seeking playing time across the nation. Katrenick made his college debut...

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...