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Duke Football – A Season on the Brink?

A Season on the Brink?

I have been hearing for weeks now that the ACC will likely go to a conference only schedule any day now with concern to hopes of completing a football season. It would appear that the power five conferences are about to get on the same page and this will include an expanded 8 team playoff system being developed. Don't shoot the messenger for I am simply passing on the latest scuttlebutt which may or may not come to fruition in a fast-changing world.

During his recent press conference, Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said he is in favor of conference-only games. His reasoning and that of others is this is a way to control the situation where everybody is on the same page by a governing body.

The Blue Devils lost one opponent on the schedule in that the MEAC canceled its football season. And that is the conference North Carolina A&T resides and they were the second scheduled game of the season for Duke.

At this point, most of us are hoping for any kind of season, but there are numerous roadblocks ahead of which there are too many to mention.

Duke slotted 6th in the Coastal per preseason polling

The Blue Devils are picked to finish sixth in the seven-team ACC Coastal Division by pretty much everyone making forecasts. The annual ACC Media Day or football has been delayed but I'd be willing to bet that Duke will be picked in this position once the votes are tallied.

While Duke has some talent in many places, especially on defense, there are just too many questions at key positions to rate them higher. One of the two major question marks will be the play at quarterback where Clemson transfer Chase Brice is expected to take over. While he has some experience and has been studying film while being zoomed in with his new mentor David Cutcliffe he is yet to take a snap in the Duke system. The line looks pretty solid in front of Brice and other potential throwers; the wideouts are still coming into their own and the depth is not deep at the running back position so injuries could play a role as Cutcliffe takes over the play calling. Duke is set with their starting tight end Noah Gray but there is unproven depth behind him.

Speaking of the defense, they lost some players upfront via transfers which will cut into depth there. The linebackers are athletic and talented but still relatively inexperienced. The backend has loads of talent and a new coach, so that position will be a little different in style of play. As good as that unit has been they have failed to create a lot of turnovers and that aspect needs to get better. But make no mistake, the Duke defense is the strength of this year's team in that they are experienced in the front and back of their schemes.

The other major question mark I spoke of is special teams play where Duke is breaking in freshman kicker Charlie Ham and punter Jackson Hubbard.

Duke Shuts Down All Sports

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University has suspended all athletic competition for the foreseeable future, effective immediately, in response to COVID-19. The announcement was made Thursday by President Vincent E. Price, in conjunction with guidance from public health experts and Duke Athletics leadership.

The suspension applies to all athletic competitions and practices for the health and safety of all who are essential to these activities. This suspension also applies to any camps and clinics sponsored by Duke’s intercollegiate athletic programs.

Duke University and Duke Athletics will convey additional information, when available, via its social media channels and GoDuke.com.

Statement from Duke President Vincent E. Price:
“We are taking this action to protect the safety of our student athletes, coaches, staff and others who are essential to these activities. I know it is a great disappointment to our student-athletes and coaches, whose hard work and dedication to their sports and Duke is inspirational to so many, but we must first look out for their health and well-being.  This is clearly an unprecedented moment for our university, our region and the wider world. As we take steps to confront the spread of this virus, I’m grateful for the cooperation and support of the entire Duke community.”

Statement from Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Kevin White:

“During this unpredictable time, Duke Athletics fully supports all measures to protect the health and welfare of the Duke family and beyond.  While we understand this may be daunting to many, please know that this decision is entirely in the best interest of all student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”

Statement from Duke Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski:

“We emphatically support the decision made by Dr. Price today regarding the suspension of athletic competition at Duke. The welfare of our student-athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority. Certainly, I want to applaud Dr. Price, who took a leadership role with his presidential peers and the Atlantic Coast Conference in arriving at this decision.”

Duke Football Spring Practice Starts March 2nd

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced Thursday the program's spring practice dates as well as the date for the annual Spring Showcase.

The Blue Devils will have 15 practices this spring, highlighted by the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 4th. Additional information on the Spring Showcase will be released at a later date.

Cutcliffe enters his 13th year at the helm of the Blue Devil program. Earlier this offseason, Cutcliffe announced he has assumed the offensive play calling duties, making him one of 10 head coaches at the FBS level to serve as both head coach and coordinator/offensive play-caller.

Also, Cutcliffe welcomed two new assistant coaches to the Duke staff early in 2020 with the additions of Greg Frey (offensive line) and Chris Hampton  (cornerbacks).

The Blue Devils return 43 lettermen to its 2020 roster, including tight end  Noah Gray, wide receiver and kick returner Damond Philyaw-Johnson, and defensive end Chris Rumph II, all who garnered All-America status in 2019.

Practices are closed to the public, but fans are encouraged to follow Duke's social media platforms using the handle @DukeFOOTBALL to keep up with the Blue Devils throughout the spring. Periodic updates also will be available via GoDuke.com.

The Blue Devils open 2020 at home for three straight games when Middle Tennessee (Sept. 5), Elon (Sept. 12), and Charlotte (Sept. 17) come to Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke also will host Wake Forest (Oct. 3), North Carolina (Oct. 17), Virginia (Nov. 13), and Virginia Tech (Nov. 21) this upcoming season.

2020 Duke Spring Football Practices
Monday, March 2
Wednesday, March 4
Friday, March 6
Wednesday, March 18
Friday, March 20
Saturday, March 21
Monday, March 23
Wednesday, March 25
Friday, March 27
Saturday, March 28
Wednesday, April 1
Friday, April 3
Saturday, April 4 – Spring Showcase
Wednesday, April 8
Thursday, April 9

Stanford OT Hamilton Picks Duke Football – Updated

Former Stanford offensive tackle Devery Hamilton will transfer to Duke University. The Blue Devils have now gained the service of two potential starters in as many days.

Standing 6-7 and weighing in at 300 pounds, Hamilton started the first four-games for Stanford before suffering an injury. It is also worth noting that Hamilton played both guard and tackle during his time in Palo Alto.

UPDATED -

Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced Tuesday that offensive lineman Devery Hamilton has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the institution and join the Blue Devil gridiron program.

Hamilton is expected to enroll at Duke in July, 2020 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in communications and philosophy. He played in 27 games, making 10 starts, over the past three seasons for the Cardinal. In 2019, Hamilton started the first four games of the year before suffering a season-ending injury.

During his four seasons at Stanford, Hamilton helped the Cardinal compile a 32-20 overall record, three bowl game appearances and a pair of national top-20 rankings in the Associated Press final poll. Hamilton was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic team selection in 2017 and 2018.

Hamilton will have one season of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2020 campaign.

A 6-7, 300-pound native of Ellicott City, Md., Hamilton was charted as a four-star prospect by Scout.comRivals.com and 247Sports.com. He also was tabbed a top-25 offensive tackle nationally by all three outlets. As a senior at Gilman High School, he earned all-state first team honors, while helping the team rank No. 1 in Maryland and 12th nationally.

Former Clemson QB Brice Will Enroll at Duke in July

Duke got a commitment from Clemson Tiger's transfer quarterback Chase Brice.

https://twitter.com/chasebrice7/status/1224098790589763584

Brice Joins Duke Football Program

February 3, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced Monday that quarterback Chase Brice has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the institution and join the Blue Devil gridiron program.
 
Brice is expected to enroll at Duke in July, 2020 after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. He played in 25 games over the past two seasons for the Tigers, completing 82-of-136 (.603) passes for 1,023 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing 30 times for 187 yards (6.23) and one touchdown.
 
During his three seasons at Clemson, Brice helped the Tigers compile an overall record of 41-4 with three ACC titles, two College Football Playoff berths and the 2018 national championship. An ACC Academic Honor Roll selection in 2018, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2020 campaign.
 
A 6-2, 230-pound native of Grayson, Ga., Brice was charted as No. 184 overall high school prospect nationally by Rivals.com. In addition, he was rated among the top 20 prospects art quarterback. As a senior at Grayson High School in 2016, he led the Rams to a state championship.


2020 Duke Football Schedule Released

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2020 Duke Football schedule just moments ago.

The Blue Devils open their season on September the 5th against Middle Tennessee State. They will then play Elon the next week before a Thursday night contest against Elon during a three-game homestand.

Duke will also face in-state rivals Wake Forest, N.C. State and North Carolina during a brutal three-game stretch between October 3rd through the 17th.

Virginia will visit Duke on November the 13th for a Friday night game. Yes, that is Friday the 13th.

The Blue Devils will then get a bye week before traveling to play to South Bend, Indiana where they will take on Notre Dame on Halloween. Here is the complete schedule -

2020 DUKE Football Schedule

  • Sept. 5 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
  • Sept. 12 ELON
  • Sept. 17 CHARLOTTE (Thurs.)
  • Sept. 26 at Pitt
  • Oct. 3 WAKE FOREST
  • Oct. 10 at NC State
  • Oct. 17 NORTH CAROLINA
  • Oct. 31 at Notre Dame
  • Nov. 7 at Georgia Tech
  • Nov. 13 VIRGINIA (Fri.)
  • Nov. 21 VIRGINIA TECH
  • Nov. 28 at Miami