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Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

The list of returning ACC starting quarterbacks clearly starts with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. He should have won the Heisman Trophy despite finishing third in the voting.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is back for his sophomore season after taking over the starting role with signs he...

Work on new look at Duke continues

Work on new look at Duke continues

DURHAM, N.C. — The second off-season of refurbishing Wallace Wade Stadium into Brooks Field continued Saturday with constructions workers on the three-story press box and suites among those viewing Saturday’s spring game on the field.On the field, the remodeling of the offense is...

Duke starts spring drills later than usual

Duke starts spring drills later than usual

Duke football faces more changes than planned with the opening of spring football. That was one reason Duke coach David Cutcliffe waited until Saturday to open spring drills with a morning workout inside Pascal Field House.The March 5 start was about a month later than recent...

Duke backup QB thrust into larger role

Duke backup QB thrust into larger role

There were at one time a number of positions to sift through when deciding who needs to step up for Duke’s football team in 2016. But that was before quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a torn achilles tendon in a workout this month.That suddenly put the focus clearly on the...

Duke claims first bowl victory since 1961

Duke claims first bowl victory since 1961

Duke found a way to take another step in elevating its long-downtrodden football program despite an overall disappointing season marred by a four-game losing streak.The Blue Devils won their first bowl game since 1961 with a 44-41 overtime victory against Indiana Saturday in the...

North Carolina challenge helps Duke move on

North Carolina challenge helps Duke move on

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk’s family traveled from his tiny hometown of Glen St. Mary, Fla., to attend the Miami-Duke game last week and visit with him afterward.But when the improbable events of the Miami Miracle/ACC Debacle concluded later than usual, he had one request when...

Cutcliffe learned from OT experience with checklist

Cutcliffe learned from OT experience with checklist

The overwhelmingly devastating experience of losing a seven-overtime game to Arkansas has remained all these years later with David Cutcliffe. At the time he was Mississippi’s head coach in 2001, but it still hurts.So when the eighth-year Duke head coach found his Blue Devils...

Quarterbacks carry weight of key ACC Coastal game

Quarterbacks carry weight of key ACC Coastal game

The latter part of the time-honored football axiom “quarterbacks get too much of the credit and too much of the blame” applies this week to Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas and Duke’s Thomas Sirk.Both redshirt junior quarterbacks are coming off their low point to the young season....

Duke fills house and scoreboard

Duke fills house and scoreboard

DURHAM, N.C. – Many numbers besides 2-0 stand out with Duke’s 55-0 win over North Carolina Central Saturday night in the Blue Devils’ home opener.None better than the number in the stands, though. A sellout crowd of 33,941 turned out for the Blue Devils’ debut of renovated...

Duke knows enough not to overlook Tulane and Tanner Lee

Duke knows enough not to overlook Tulane and Tanner Lee

It would be unfair to describe Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning as spies for their good friend, Duke coach David Cutcliffe.But it’s safe to assume Cutcliffe has more of a scouting report on Tulane and returning starting quarterback Tanner Lee than he would typically gather with his...