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Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder had eight catches for 99 yards in Saturday's win against Virginia.

The Blue Devil has recorded six receptions or more in five of seven games, though Crowder has only gone over 100 yards once, part of the reason why his YPC average (11.6) is lower than in each of the past two campaigns. He also hasn't crossed the goal line since Week 1. The 5-foot-9 Crowder set a new school record in receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,360) last year, numbers he won't match in 2014. Crowder, who runs a 4.53 forty, was graded by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline as a preseason Round 7 prospect.
Oct 18 - 6:14 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder had three catches for 29 yards in Saturday's win against Georgia Tech.

It's slightly disconcerting that Crowder has gone over 100 yards just once this year and hasn't crossed the goal line since Week 1. Last year, Crowder was a far bigger part of the offense, setting a new school record in receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,360). He also hauled in eight touchdowns to earn first-team All-ACC honors. The 5-foot-9 Crowder, who runs a 4.53 forty, was graded by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline as a preseason Round 7 prospect.
Oct 11 - 5:59 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder had six catches for 119 yards in Saturday's win against Tulane.

Crowder is Anthony Boone's favorite target. He set new school records in receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,360) and also hauled in eight touchdowns to earn first-team All-ACC honors last year. This was his first 100-yard game of 2014. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that Crowder was "a prototypical slot receiver for the next level." The 5-foot-9 Crowder, who runs a 4.53 forty, was graded by Pauline as a Round 7 prospect.
Sep 21 - 6:17 PM

ESPN polled all 128 FBS coaches, and the group voted Duke's David Cutcliffe as the most underrated head coach.

Cutcliffe received 13 percent of the vote. Oregon State’s Mike Riley was just behind at 11 percent. East Carolina’s Ruffin McNeill and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio round out the top four. The poll was put together by Brett McMurphy.
Source: ESPN
Sep 20 - 2:46 PM

Duke redshirt senior QB Anthony Boone completed 19-of-33 attempts for 180 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 41-3 victory over Kansas.

After throwing 13 interceptions last year (against only 13 touchdowns), Boone hasn't yet tossed the ball to the opposition in 2014. Of course, Duke has played a cake schedule (Elon, Troy and KU) in starting 3-0. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote over the summer that Boone possessed "enough arm talent to make an NFL roster." The athletic, 6-foot, 230-pounder "has struggled with consistency and decision-making thus far in his college career," Stephens wrote at the time. We'll see what happens when ACC play starts up.
Sep 13 - 7:09 PM

Duke LB C.J. France (leg) is doubtful to play against Troy this weekend.

In Duke's season-opening win over Elon, France suffered an unspecified leg injury. No timetable for a return has been announced. Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe told the media that redshirt freshman Chris Holmes will get his first career start as France's replacement. "Thank goodness he has a game under his belt, he has a few real weeks of practice under his belt now," Cutcliffe said of Holmes. "Obviously the biggest concern is that he missed most of camp with his own hamstring, but he looks full speed and ready to go."
Sep 4 - 7:02 PM

Duke redshirt senior TE Braxton Deaver suffered a torn ACL in practice on Monday.

Like many other torn knee ligaments. it was a non-contact injury. Deaver missed the 2012 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee. he also has injured his left thumb and left kneecap. If Deaver wants to continue his playing career he could apply for a sixth season. Deaver was expected to be Duke's starting tight end.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 18 - 11:04 AM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder is "a prototypical slot receiver for the next level," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Crowder set new school marks in receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,360) and also hauled in eight touchdowns to earn first-team All-ACC honors in 2013. "Crowder is small but quick and sneaky fast," Pauline wrote. "He’s a prototypical slot receiver for the next level who seemingly has punt return skills." He had 25 returns for 401 yards (16.0 avg) and two touchdowns last year. Crowder is ranked by Pauline as a Round 7 prospect. The 5-foot-9 Crowder runs a 4.53 forty.
Aug 17 - 5:45 PM

Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson has "enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"It's great to see Duke play winning football and we should start to see some of their players being selected in the draft," Pauline wrote. "Laken Tomlinson is a stout, well built guard who sinks his hips on the line and blocks with leverage. He’s not overly effective blocking in motion but has enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level." Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC honors as a junior and is a three-time All-ACC Academic selection. Pauline grades the fifth-year senior as a sixth-round prospect.
Aug 17 - 2:07 PM

Duke redshirt senior LB Kelby Brown will miss the 2014 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee on Monday.

Brown posted 114 tackles, eleven tackles for loss and two interceptions in 2013, so this is obviously a major hit to the team's defense. Brown was expected to lock down the middle linebacker spot this year, and unless he receives another redshirt season his career at Duke is over. Brown missed the 2012 season due to a right knee injury.
Aug 12 - 10:36 AM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe still plans on using two QBs this season, according to Fox Sports' Lauren Brownlow.

Brandon Connette, who started a number of games for Duke last season while Anthony Boone was recovering from a broken collarbone, transferred this offseason. Many thought the multiple quarterback system disappeared with him. However, Brownlow points to redshirt sophomore Thomas Sirk and redshirt freshman Parker Boehme as possible running/mobile replacements for Connette's role.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 23 - 10:59 AM

Duke redshirt senior TE Braxton Deaver must improve his run blocking to receive an opportunity to play at the next level, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Deaver was named to the Third-team All-ACC team by hauling in 40 catches as a junior. He has "sure hands and sneaky acceleration down the seam, but struggles as a blocker and doesn't exhibit athleticism to suggest he could be a dynamic 'move' tight end option at the next level despite carrying a leaner frame," wrote Stephens. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Deaver runs a 4.86 forty. "Improved run-blocking and some added weight without slowing down could lead to an NFL opportunity," wrote Stephens.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 5 - 6:17 PM

If Duke redshirt senior ILB Kelby Brown remains healthy in 2014, he might "be a top-half draft selection next year," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Brown sat out the entire 2012 season due to a torn right ACL, but returned in style to record 120 tackles and earn first-team All-ACC accolades as a redshirt junior in 2013. "Though he lacks elite athleticism, he's more rangy than given credit for, and his strong instincts allow him to put himself in position to make plays that others may make by relying more on athletic ability," Stephens wrote. "He's fluid in space, demonstrates good redirect quickness and despite carrying a lighter frame than you might prefer for an inside 'backer, plays with a fearless demeanor and physical nature, with solid wrap-up tackling technique." The analyst sees some tweener qualities in Brown, writing that he is a little light for the inside but not rangy enough for the outside.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 5 - 4:53 PM

Duke redshirt senior QB Anthony Boone possesses "enough arm talent to make an NFL roster," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The athletic, 6-foot, 230-pounder "has struggled with consistency and decision-making thus far in his college career," Stephens wrote. Boone isn't tall, but as Stephens suggests, he possesses a surprisingly strong arm attached to a sturdy frame. After taking over for Sean Renfree, a seventh-round selection of the Falcons in the 2013 NFL Draft, Boone threw for 2,260 yards with a mediocre 13/13 TD/INT ratio last year. He missed three games in September with a broken collarbone. "Better poise and accuracy from the pocket could mean a chance to be selected in 2015," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 5 - 4:35 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder has "the look of a potentially very productive NFL receiver despite lacking burner speed or physicality to match up on the outside," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Crowder set new school marks in receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,360) and also hauled in eight touchdowns to earn first-team All-ACC honors in 2013. He's also a superb punt returner who had 25 returns for 401 yards (16.0 avg) and two touchdowns. "At only 175 pounds, concerns about Crowder's size in transition to the next level are certainly merited, however, he has shown a knack for being able to keep himself clean with good quickness off the line, suddenness in and out of breaks and make-you-miss ability after the catch," wrote Stephens. The 5-foot-9 Crowder runs a 4.53 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 2:42 PM


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