Jamison Crowder is the clear leader of the Duke receiving corps this season, but he leads more with his actions than with his chatter, as you will see in the following interview. Crowder also admits that he got quite a few notices and quips over the summer due to his big catch against North Carolina last season.
If you follow Duke Football closely, you realize that Coach Cut and company are high on the return of Tight End Braxton Deaver to the lineup. Deaver admits he was humbled a bit when forced to watch from the sidelines a season ago with an injury. His return gives Duke solid depth at a critical position.
DURHAM - Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe reviewed the first scrimmage of 2013 training camp on Monday evening. The Blue Devils were able to play a number of players to fully evaluate the depth of their squad, and the staff came away impressed by several new faces. Duke will return to the field again on Tuesday, with the next scrimmage scheduled for Friday. Fans can get their first look at the 2013 Blue Devils on Saturday at 2PM for Meet the Blue Devils Day.
DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Connette completed 14-of-21 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a game-high 67 yards and another score to highlight Duke’s 100-snap scrimmage on Monday evening in Wallace Wade Stadium.
“What we did was look at a lot of different personnel groupings,” said head coach David Cutcliffe. “We took portions of our starters and mixed in twos and mixed in freshmen. We wanted to see how people responded, best versus best. All the way through the scrimmage we did that, blending in our youngest players. We have over a hundred snaps to evaluate on tape. It was good and hot. It was in the nineties. It was a good test all around. For the most part, we came out healthy.”
Connette, who darted 47 yards to set up his own four-yard touchdown run, compiled 219 yards of total offense and hooked up with wideout Anthony Nash for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Fellow redshirt junior quarterback Anthony Boone was 12-of-25 through the air for 139 yards with two interceptions while freshman Parker Boehme hit on eight-of-nine throws for 84 yards including a 22-yard scoring toss to Ryan Smith.
Smith finished the night with a game-high five receptions for 84 yards while Nash had four catches for 41 yards. Max McCaffrey added four receptions for 42 yards. Freshman running back Joseph Ajeigbe gained 49 yards on eight attempts.
“I think everybody saw Ryan Smith,” Cutcliffe said. “He has short-area quickness that’s incredible. He’s going to make plays.”
Defensively, redshirt freshman Devon Edwards and freshman Breon Borders registered interceptions while redshirt freshman Michael Westray recovered one fumble. Redshirt freshman defensive end Allen Jackson posted two tackles for loss including one quarterback sack.
The Blue Devils kick off the 2013 season at home against N.C. Central on Saturday, August 31 at 4 p.m. in Wallace Wade Stadium. Tickets are available now at www.GoDuke.com/tickets.
DURHAM - Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe addressed the media after day 3 of 2013 training camp. The Blue Devils donned shoulder pads for the first time this fall on Wednesday, and the young freshmen continued to impress their new coach. BDN was on hand for Coach Cutcliffe's comments shortly after practice.
DURHAM - The Blue Devils hit the field Monday night for the first practice of 2013 training camp. Both players and coaches were excited to be back on the gridiron as they prepare for the season opener against NCCU on August 31. They practiced with a quick tempo and a sense of purpose, and several newcomers flashed their speed and athleticism. BDN was on hand for the reaction from Coach Cutcliffe, along with veteran star WR Jamison Crowder and LB Kelby Brown.