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Duke S Jeremy Cash is "the type of player who will find his way on to the field due to the numerous plays he makes," writes Pro Football Focus' Zoltan Buday.

"In college he was the prototypical strong safety as he led safeties in pass rush and run defense grades, but had a negative pass coverage grade," Buday wrote. Cash earned Pro Football Focus' No. 1 grade among safeties against both the run and as a pass-rusher last year, recording a stop on 8.2% of his run snaps, ranking No. 2 among Power-5 safeties. It's not all good news, though. "He allowed a completion percentage of 70.7% and an (NFL) passer rating of 102.5 to opposing quarterbacks, which will make NFL head coaches scratch their heads when they want to find a place for him on the field," Buday wrote.
Feb 10 - 5:48 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Thomas Sirk suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon during a Tuesday workout.

Sirk is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday and is currently without a return timetable. Duke's starting quarterback missed the entire 2013 campaign after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in offseason workouts of that year. Sirk threw for 2,625 yards with a 16/8 TD/INT ratio last season. If Sirk is required to miss any time in 2016, redshirt junior Parker Boehme would likely take over the offense. Boehme completed 55.1 percent of his passes (43-of-78) for 579 yards, two touchdowns and one interception across his sporadic (one start) 2015 playing time.
Feb 9 - 1:45 PM

Duke assistant coach Derek Jones said, "I think we’ve been able to close that gap [between the Blue Devils and Clemson/Florida State/Miami]."

Duke closed out National Signing Day having piled up letters of intent from seven four-star recruits. They finished with the No. 28 class in the country per ESPN's metrics. Jones and company are rightfully pleased, with the coach saying, "The encouraging thing is if we can beat people with our talent level in the past, then it’s exciting to know the talent level is getting better. We feel we’re closer to winning an ACC championship." The Blue Devils' highest name on the ESPN 300 would be DE Chidi Okonya (No. 279).
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 12:01 AM

Duke S Jeremy Cash earned Pro Football Focus' No. 1 grade among safeties against both the run and as a pass-rusher.

Cash was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-American. As the PFF teams notes, Cash rarely lined up at his listed position of safety last year, playing just two percent of his snaps at that spot. Used more by the Blue Devils as a defensive chess piece, Cash was in the slot 41 percent of the time and a linebacker 57 percent of the time. "Cash is a player who could be viewed 32 different ways by the 32 different NFL teams, but he has the potential to be an elite prospect in the eyes of teams who are looking to recreate what Arizona has done with Deone Bucannon – a college safety who now lines up at linebacker in the Cardinals’ defense," the PFF team wrote. "The only question mark there is whether Cash — who measured in at 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds — is big enough to play that type of role." The group adds that Cash’s "coverage ability is a question mark."
Jan 28 - 11:15 AM

Duke hired Purdue OL coach Jim Bridge to serve as special teams coordinator.

In addition to taking on the role of special teams coordinator, Bridge will also act as TE coach. He's been with Purdue the last three years and prior to that, spent six seasons on the NC State coaching staff. In a text, Bridge proclaimed much love for his boys on the Purdue line. "I will miss the players the most," he said. "I am proud of the offensive linemen as players and young men. I wish them nothing but greatness on and off the field."
Jan 16 - 7:34 PM

Duke senior K Ross Martin accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Martin has now accepted invites to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl. We're sure the trifecta has been done before, but we couldn't tell you by whom. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Martin went 23-for-27 on field goals (85.2 percent) and hit all 37 of his extra point attempts this year.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 10 - 6:01 PM

Duke sophomore RB Shaun Wilson rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Saturday's 44-41 OT win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Wilson's overall numbers look impressive, but it should be noted that 85 of those 103 yards came on a long touchdown run near the end of the first quarter. He couldn't find that same spark on his other runs. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound sophomore finishes the 2015 campaign having rushed for 424 yards and three touchdowns. The Blue Devils tend to rotate between RB's Wilson, Jela Duncan and Shaquille Powell, which puts something of a statistical cap on the position at the individual level.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 09:41:00 PM

Duke redshirt junior RB Jela Duncan rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 44-41 OT win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Duncan was one of three Blue Devils to surpass 100 yards rushing (the other two were Shaun Wilson and QB Thomas Sirk). For his part, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound redshirt junior averaged a smooth 8.4 YPC with a long run of 32 yards. Duncan's career has been marred by injuries, but he managed to rush for 460 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games after missing the first three recovering from a torn pectoral suffered in August camp.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 08:36:00 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Thomas Sirk completed 17-of-37 passes for 163 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Saturday's 44-41 OT win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Sirk almost pulled off the mean quarterbacking feat of totaling more yardage on the ground than through the air. Almost, not quite. He had a few highlight reel plays against Indiana's ghost of a defense, including a 73-yard touchdown run with a minute remaining in the first half and a dive into the end zone from five yards out as the fourth quarter winded to a close. The latter touchdown would knot the proceedings at 41-all, sending the game to overtime. In the first overtime, Sirk was forced out of the game after suffering a lower body injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but the 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt junior closes the 2015 campaign having thrown for 2,625 yards with a 16/8 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 803 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 08:21:00 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Thomas Sirk exited the first overtime of Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl against Indiana after suffering a lower body injury.

Sirk led an impressive drive to send the game to overtime, finishing off with a short touchdown run. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt junior took a hit on the first drive of OT, though, and remained down on the field for several minutes while trainers attended to him. That first drive ended in a field goal to put Duke up 44-41. Expect further word on the severity of Sirk's injury after the game.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 07:20:00 PM

Duke S Jeremy Cash (wrist) will not play in the Pinstripe Bowl following wrist surgery on Wednesday.

Losing Cash, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-American, will be a big blow to the Blue Devils defense. The Duke prospect has been a tackling machine for Jim Knowles' defense, recording 101 tackles this season. Cash has put up 100 plus tackles for three straight years. At the moment, Cash's status for the Senior Bowl and the combine could be in jeopardy.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 02:26:00 PM

Duke S Jeremy Cash will attend the Senior Bowl.

Cash is one of the more unique players in the draft, and many teams will love what he brings and picture him in a Deone Bucannon mold. Cash is extremely successful moving forward and does not appear to be a liability in coverage. A top 50 selection could be in his future.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Duke redshirt senior P Will Monday will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Monday (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) has 60 punts for 2,616 yards and a 43.60 yards per boot average. He's downed 29 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard-line this season, as well. Monday notched his fourth consecutive All-ACC honor recently.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 07:23:00 PM

Duke senior K Ross Martin accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Martin is upgrading All-Star digs after initially pledging himself to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder recently earned his fourth consecutive All-ACC selection. He's gone 23-for-27 on field goals (85.2 percent) and hit all 37 of his extra point attempts this year. The Shrine Game will be played on Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Duke senior K Ross Martin accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Martin is a two-time All-American and a three-time All-ACC kicker who is a candidate for the Lou Groza Award. He's likely to be a three-time All-American and a four-time All-ACC kicker after postseason awards are announced because he's gone 23-for-27 on field goals (85.2 percent) and hit all 37 of his extra point attempts this year.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 06:36:00 PM


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