Duke Football Practice Report #7 Cutcliffe talks defense and more

[private]The Blue Devil Nation was once again on the scene for today’s practice where Coach Cutcliffe took the time to give us a synopsis of the practice.

Coach Cutcliffe on today’s practice- We had our second day in a row of physical practice in preparation for James Madison. I think we are on pace. We’ll pick back up next week. Tomorrow we’ll have a workout that’s dedicated to the kicking game … all phases and aspects. So we will cover every situation. I don’t like putting a team out on a field when they haven’t been put through every situation that can arise in a ball game. Coach Middleton and I met kind of late last night and developed a nice script. So we will add some strong meeting time and get that worked out. We’ll do some heavy physical conditioning in the morning and we’ll be ready to start game week on Sunday.

On the defense- I think there is a significant difference in our linebacker play because of our speed. Vinnie and Mike have totally different body types than they had a year ago. I think Coach Hobby has the defensive line playing really hard. I’m concerned about our depth there. Charlie Hatcher has put himself in a position to really help inside. Ayanga and Egboh are showing progress outside. I’m real pleased with the secondary. The consistency has been good, the tackling has been good. They’re liking the tighter coverage … the press coverage. There getting use to it now, it’s fun to watch it work. I’m pleased, but the biggest concern I have with this football team is injuries. Knock on wood, we’ve been relatively injury free on defense and we need to stay that way.[/private]