Welcome to another edition of Monday Musings Blue Devil Nation! Duke Athletics had another full weekend slate and we’ll take a look back and ahead on the latest edition of Watzone’s Monday Musings.
In the pre season Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski joked about during the annual ACC Media Day about how Duke became known as Goliath in media circles once they entered the championship game against Butler, a team that rolled their way to the final. Everywhere you turn Duke is getting cover boy status with magazines to go along with the outstanding ESPNU Special. And then Duke has been named the favorite to win another national title, yet we all know that the teams generally picked for that spot rarely are there in the end. Anyway you look at it, Duke is Goliath this season or the 800 pound gorilla in the room for they will be painted as such so there is little any of us can do about it.
A pretty good start to the season for the Duke Men
Duke was hardly clicking on all cylinders against Princeton, yet they still won convincingly via the three point shot and their staple defense. Duke had a long time to prepare for Princeton, more time than anyone else might receive the rest of the way. It’ll be interesting to see how Duke plays Miami of Ohio after having less prep time. But back to last evening, Duke looked every bit the part of the aforementioned label Goliath. It’s got to be scary for opponents to realize they might shut one or even two players down on this seasons team, but Duke has too many offensive weapons and somebody will almost certainly pick up the slack.
The Duke Women are rocking too
Duke has an interesting mix of youth and experience on the basketball court this season and they should be a top ten main stay all year long. I was really impressed by the play of young freshman guard Chloe Wells the other night and she’ll take to the court against Southern Cal this evening. Duke handled BYU in the opener by dominating the paint and tonight is another good early season test, so turn out in Cameron if you are in the area. The Duke Women, like the Duke Men have been rocking the recruiting front as well, but we’ll talk of that later in the week.
Devils oh-so close on the football field
Duke lost a heart breaker to Boston College as a pass was batted down as Duke was knocking on the door in what would have been a rousing win. Despite the loss, Duke continues to show improvement in many areas and the team will show up in Atlanta and in my opinion give Georgia Tech all they want. A look up and down the roster shows how many players Duke will return for next year and they are playing to get better in closing out a season where they fell just short in three ACC games. For the record had they won those tight contest, Duke would have been 6-4.
Two Devils will push for All ACC honors
When it comes time to vote for All ACC teams, the media will realistically consider Duke placekicker Will Snyderwine and wideout Conner Vernon for first team. Snyderwine is as accurate a kicker as Duke has had in a good while and he made second team last season. Vernon leads the ACC in most receiving categories. And go ahead and pencil Kelby Brown on some freshman All American teams. And note that all of these player return next season. The Blue Devils lose six starters but have replacements with experience coming back and some pretty decent redshirts to add to the mix.
Renfree didn’t put the ball in the end zone but he had another solid game going 35 of 49 for 285 yards. His experiences this season will shape and mold his character even more and he will never give up as seen by this quote, “Nobody’s going to put his head down. We have two games left against two very good teams. We’re going to prepare as we have all season long.”
And the Viking ship was set to sea
Students wore Viking Helmets in tribute to Drew Everson who had a fall to his death on campus recently. Drew was a popular fellow amongst his peers and the head line monitor and he was given a Viking salute last evening. He would have been proud of the Cameron Crazies efforts which were praised by Krzyzewski in his post game press conference.