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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 previously uncommitted four-star 2019 RB Zonovan Knight.

Knight's finalists were NC State, Tennessee and Duke, and the Blue Devils are the winners -- for now, anyway. He ranks as the 12th best running back on the 247 composite rankings, and 300th overall. Reports indicate that Knight can run tough through the tackles, but also has the speed and agility to make tacklers miss. It's a big get for the Duke recruiting class.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 3 - 6:36 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

ESPN's Chris Low told Tennessee he is not interested in their head coaching vacancy.

Cutcliffe was approached by Volunteer officials but told them no thank you. Apparently the Duke coach was Tennessee's immediate target after backing out of an agreement with Greg Schiano. Cutcliffe is on his 10th year coaching Duke.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Duke redshirt sophomore QB Daniel Jones completed 25-of-43 passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 31-23 win over Wake Forest.

In a fun -- if occasionally wobbly -- performance, Jones hit on two of his three touchdown passes in the second half and also added a second-half rushing touchdown to help Duke (6-6) achieve bowl eligibility. Both the 346 passing yards and the three touchdown tosses represented season bests for the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder redshirt sophomore.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 04:25:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline declares that Duke redshirt sophomore LB Joe Giles-Harris "has quietly been one of the most productive linebackers on the college field this season."

The analyst has long been a fan of Giles-Harris', stating over the summer that the linebacker could be a Day 2 pick "if he continues to improve." Mission accomplished on the improvement front. Giles-Harris has 110 tackles, 14 TFL, six quarterback hurries and five pass breakups in eleven games this year. Pauline sees an "explosive run and chase linebacker who shows outstanding pursuit speed and the ability to cover tight ends or running backs down the field." Pauline currently projects Giles-Harris as a Day 2 pick and three-down NFL linebacker with a "nice degree of scheme versatility."
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 04:20:00 PM

Duke redshirt freshman RB Brittain Brown carried the ball 14 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 43-20 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Brown (6'1/200) also added three catches for 31 yards. It's the first time that the freshman tailback has gone over 100 yards since the season opener against North Carolina Central. It's also the first time that he's had double-digit carries since October 7 against Virginia. Brown will hope to make it back-to-back strong games next week when Duke finishes their season and qualify for a bowl with a win against Wake Forest.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 01:06:00 PM


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