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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

Duke senior OG Laken Tomlinson "enters his senior year as one of the top guard prospects in the 2015 draft class," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens, and will "draw first round grades" if he can stay healthy.

Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC selection as a junior and is a three-time All-ACC Academic selection as well. "Tomlinson possesses the ideal thick, powerful build for an NFL guard and demonstrates impressive movement skills for his size with nimble feet, flexible hips and smoothness when asked to change direction both as a run blocker and in pass protection," wrote Stephens. "His natural strength is obvious, as he's able to routinely dictate and finish opponents when he latches on, and he does a good job of holding ground when anchoring, even when asked to reset after being caught off guard or initially knocked back." According to the analyst, Tomlinson must improve his hand use, play with better lower-half width in pass protection, and stay lower off the snap, but these flaws "aren't nearly as evident as they once were."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 1:21 PM

Bills selected Duke CB Ross Cockrell with the No. 109 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Cockrell (6-foot, 191) was a 49-game starter for the Blue Devils, recording 12 career interceptions and twice earning first-team All-ACC honors. He clocked 4.56 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Cockrell has plus size, quick feet, and adequate speed, but plays without physicality and is best suited for off-zone coverage. He does have ballhawking ability and could perhaps develop into a poor man's Asante Samuel. Cockrell's experience at both slot and outside corner will help his chances.
May 10 - 12:48 PM

Duke CB Ross Cockrell is visiting the Steelers on Tuesday, according to beat writer Bob Labriola.

Cockrell is a third day prospect and counts as one of the team's 30 visits. The Steelers will certainly be adding a few defensive backs in this class.
Apr 22 - 12:46 PM

Duke CB Ross Cockrell "had a really good workout" at Duke’s pro day on Wednesday, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Performing in front of representatives from 23 organizations, Cockrell ran forties of 4.46 and 4.50 seconds, did the short shuttle in 4.20 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.92 seconds, and posted a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. "He was very smooth and fluid in coverage, with the only negative being that he dropped two possible interceptions in the drills," Brandt wrote. Cockrell (6-foot-0, 180 pounds) collected 12 interceptions and started all but one game in his collegiate career.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 8:19 PM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe said he and every coach he speaks to were "blindsided" by the NCAA's proposal to prevent offenses from snapping the ball before 29 seconds remaining on the play clock.

The proposed rule change apparently did not come up at the annual national coaches convention. The rule was labeled as a "safety change," but Cutcliffe thinks it is more about a preferred philosophy than safety, saying it favors "a team that plays ahead and likes to runs the ball." Cutcliffe added that he does not think up-tempo offenses cause more injuries. UNC's Larry Fedora was also very outspoken about the potential change.
Feb 15 - 11:41 AM

Duke promoted WR coach Scottie Montgomery to offensive coordinator.

Coach David Cutcliffe announced the promotion to the media on Monday. Montgomery will now call plays and work with quarterbacks. Former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper left in December to accept the same position at Florida.
Feb 10 - 7:07 PM


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