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Duke received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DE R.J. Oben.

In addition to Duke, Oben received offers from a variety of schools including Louisville, Northwestern, North Carolina State, and Army. Rivals describe Oben as "a very disciplined defensive end that has done a great job of progressing year over year. He has become a much more aggressive prospect that knows how to keep the edge of the defense secure. Oben has expanded his arsenal of hand techniques and can now beat offensive linemen to the inside and outside."
Source: Rivals
Jun 15 - 11:40 AM

Duke redshirt junior LB Joe Giles-Harris recorded the second-most run stops in 2017 among returning FBS linebackers with 52.

A 2019 draft prospect, Giles-Harris (6'2/229) racked up 125 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one interception during his dominant 2017 season. If he performs at a similar level this upcoming season, he could be one of the top linebackers selected in the draft.
Jun 13 - 1:06 PM

Dismissed Duke redshirt junior PK/P Austin Parker has been reinstated to the program.

Parker was dismissed in December due to a violation of team rules. Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe explained on Wednesday that he was being brought back to the team due to his having regained good standing in the eyes of the coaching staff, noting that the redshirt junior has shown "humility" while in exile. Parker is starting up summer classes at the university this week. His return to the fold brings some stability to the special teams department, as he nailed 17-of-21 field goal attempts this past season, while also offering a respectable leg at punter via an average of just over 42 yards a boot.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 2:55 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Duke junior CB Mark Gilbert as one of the players to watch for the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Duke's defense will have a couple of names to watch according to PFF, as they also are big fans of junior LB Joe Giles-Harris. Gilbert was one of the breakout stars of the ACC last year, intercepting six passes and finishing with 15 breakups as well. As PFF notes, he allowed just a 38.3 completion percentage, and his frame (6'2/175) "puts him on the NFL radar."
May 5 - 12:39 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Duke junior LB Joe Giles-Harris as a player to watch for in the 2019 draft.

Giles-Harris was sensational in 2017 as a sophomore, posting 125 tackles -- 16 of them for loss -- and posting a 90.4 PFF grade in the process. Inside linebackers generally aren't early selections, but if Giles-Harris (6'2/229) shows three-down linebacker ability again in 2018, he'll be one of -- if not the -- first to come off the board.
May 4 - 7:44 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports RB Shaun Wilson was "really impressive" at Duke's pro day.

Wilson (5'8/185) performed extremely well in his athletic testing, most notably touching 37 inches in the vertical jump and running a 4.43 40-yard dash. He has met with the Tennesse Titans and Cleveland Browns so far and has private workouts with the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers scheduled for this week. Wilson has been a consistent contributor in the Blue Devils' offense for his entire career, compiling over 3,000 yards from scrimmage and over 1,000 his senior year. As an athletic all-purpose back with significant college production, Wilson should be good late-round addition for a team in the draft.
Apr 4 - 8:14 PM

Duke redshirt freshman T Patrick Leitten is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Friday.

Leitten (6'7/265) injured his left knee in practice on Monday. He's already been ruled out indefinitely and we'll have to wait on a concrete recovery timetable. The redshirt freshman was a three-star recruit in Duke's 2017 class.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 29 - 3:02 PM

Duke received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 CB Jalen Alexander.

This is an upset in the recruiting circles, as most analysts projected Alexander to head to Auburn. Instead, the 6-foot, 165-pound corner picks the Blue Devils over the Tigers along with offers from schools like Oklahoma, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Missouri, just to name a select few. He currently ranks as the 47th best corner on 247 Sports composite rankings. It sounds like the Blue Devils are getting one of the top corners out of the always loaded state of Georgia.
Source: Rivals
Feb 25 - 11:33 AM

Duke is hiring Louisiana Tech LB coach Lanier Goethie to serve in the same capacity.

Goethie previously played under Blue Devils HC David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss. In addition to coaching at Louisiana Tech, he's also been a part of staffs for Delta State and North Greenville, and he served as a graduate assistant for Cutcliffe at Ole Miss as well.
Feb 18 - 6:04 PM

Duke named DL coach Ben Albert as a co-defensive coordinator.

Albert will be the co-defensive coordinator with Matt Guerrieri, who coaches safeties for the Blue Devils. The tandem will replace Jim Knowles, who left to become the DC of Oklahoma State. It remains to be seen as to who will call plays for Duke in 2018 on the defensive side, but both will have a hand in running their defense as they try and compete in the ACC next season.
Feb 16 - 8:54 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman OL Jack Wohlabaugh transferred to Duke.

Wohlabaugh (6'4/293) ranked as a four-star prospect coming out of high school in the winter of 2016. After redshirting during his first year on campus, he was unable to crack the August two-deep and ultimately did not play a snap during the 2017 season. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season at Duke in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations and will have two years eligibility remaining to his fair name come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Jan 4 - 3:52 PM

Duke junior WR T.J. Rahming caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 36-14 win over NIU in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Rahming snapped a 14-14 tie with his 33-yard touchdown grab with 6:17 to play in the first half. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior owns a 66-795-3 receiving line for the year. It was a solid showing, though not quite up to what some were predicting over the summer. Rahming, should he declare for the draft, would be a likely UDFA candidate.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 09:07:00 PM

Duke senior RB Shaun Wilson rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Tuesday's 36-14 win over NIU in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Wilson scored his touchdown from one yard out with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter. The score, itself, was unremarkable, but it's what led up to it that had the crowd in Detroit buzzing. That's courtesy of NIU's outrageous fake punt attempt on fourth-and-18, with Northern Illinois P Matt Ference flinging the ball to the right sideline while a hopeless wideout target attempted in vain to catch the lost cause. All of this gave Duke the ball on their own 11. OK then, Huskies. Wilson wraps his senior campaign having rushed for 818 yards and six touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder has been steady as a metronome for the course of his career, having never rushed for fewer than 420 yards and never more than this year's 818. He'll be fighting for a selection in the later rounds of the draft come the spring.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 08:46:00 PM

Duke redshirt sophomore QB Daniel Jones completed 27-of-40 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns while adding 88 yards and a touchdown rushing in Tuesday's 36-14 win over NIU in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Jones has been maddeningly turnover-prone during his career at Duke, but at least for Tuesday, he managed to keep the ball in the proper hands. His first touchdown in the Quick Lane Bowl came midway through the first quarter, when the redshirt sophomore took it in from one yard out on fourth down. He went on to throw both of his touchdown passes in the second quarter. Jones finishes the year the owner of a 14/11 TD/INT ratio. He's thrown 20 picks in two years. Despite flashes in spots, we're still waiting for a little more consistency. Should Jones declare for the draft, he's a potential early Day 3 pick, with some mobility towards the third round.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 08:40:00 PM

Duke redshirt sophomore PK/P Austin Parker has been dismissed from the program.

According to the press release, Parker was dismissed due to a "violation of university academic policy." The redshirt sophomore served as both the starting punter and place-kicker for the team this season. He connected on 17-of-21 boots while averaging a smidge over 42 yards per punt. The Blue Devils will likely now have to turn to William Holmquist (kicker) and Parker Boehme (punter) for their Quick Loans Bowl date with Northern Illinois on Dec. 26.
Source: 247Sports
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 08:29:00 PM


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