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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

Duke CB Ross Cockrell "is confident" that he can run a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash at next month's combine.

"I'm working on total body strength and just making sure that I'm as healthy as possible going into the combine," Cockrell told Duke's student newspaper The Duke Chronicle. "Those are the two things that I really want to accomplish." Cockrell (6-foot-0, 180 pounds) had an interception in the East-West Shrine Game earlier this month. Cockrell collected 12 interceptions and started all but one game in his collegiate career.
Jan 29 - 8:27 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Anthony Boone completed 29 of 45 attempts for 427 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 52-48 loss to Texas A&M.

Boone does not mind sitting in the pocket and working through his progressions, and he carved up Texas A&M's defense early due to a lack of pressure. His final two interceptions were crushing, but Boone is talented and has another season of eligibility next season.
Jan 1 - 12:54 PM

Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named the Maxwell Football Club National Coach of the Year.

Cutcliffe was also tabbed the Walter Camp coach of the year earlier this month. Duke set a school record with 10 wins in 2013. The Blue Devils also played in its first-ever ACC championship game and were selected to back-to-back bowl games for the first time. Duke takes on No. 20 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31. "Coach Cutcliffe has engineered a tremendous season for the Duke football program," said Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Mark Wolpert. "The team's 10-3 record is a great testament to the hard work of Coach and his staff, and also to the dedication shown by the student-athletes involved in the football program at Duke University."
Source: goduke.com
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 04:01:00 PM

Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named the Walter Camp coach of the year.

The former head coach at Mississippi took over at Duke in 2008. Cutcliffe has led the Blue Devils to eight straight victories. No. 20 Duke (10-2) will take on top-ranked Florida State in the ACC Championship on Saturday.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 10:29:00 PM


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