Category Archives: Duke Football

Duke Football Gets Boost with Parker’s Return

DURHAM, N.C. – Rising redshirt junior specialist Austin Parker has been reinstated to the Blue Devil football program, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday.

Parker was dismissed from the program on December 8, 2017, following his suspension from the institution for violation of university academic policy. The Mount Pleasant, N.C., native has been readmitted to Duke and begins the Summer I session today while resuming all football-related activities.

“During this process, Parker has displayed humility and wisdom while, through his actions, regaining our trust,” Cutcliffe said. “This certainly hasn’t been easy, but that’s the way life lessons can be taught. He went through the procedure for re-application to the school and, most importantly, continues his education here at Duke immediately with the first summer school session.”

Playing in 12 games last season, Parker made 17-of-21 field goal attempts and 33-of-35 point after touchdown tries to lead the Blue Devils in scoring with 84 total points. In addition, he punted 61 times for 2,565 yards and a 42.05 average with 10 boots downed inside the opponent 20 yard line against nine touchbacks.

In the ACC, Parker ranked third in field goals made per game (1.42), fourth in field goal percentage (.810), seventh in kick scoring (7.0), 10th in overall scoring, 10th in PAT percentage (.943), 10th in punting average and 18th in total points responsible. Nationally, he ranked 26th in field goals made per game, 32nd in field goal percentage and 54th in punting average.

Duke opens the 2018 season at home against Army West Point on September 1. Season tickets may be purchased by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE or online at

Post Spring Duke FB Depth Chart

Here is the post spring football depth chart from


Daniel Jones is the clear cut top QB on the Duke FB depth chart.  DURHAM, N.C. – Following his team’s 15 spring workouts, head coach David Cutcliffe released an updated Duke football depth chart Thursday. The Blue Devils wrapped up the spring practice period on Friday, April 20, and open the 2018 season Saturday, September 1, at home against Army West Point.

“We had really good competition between the offense and the defense,” Cutcliffe said of the 15 practices. “I think it made us better. It was a lot of give and take. We have a lot of competition at almost every position. This team is deeper than any team we've had. I certainly think it is the fastest team we’ve put on the field.”

Rising redshirt junior quarterback Daniel Jones returns for his third year under center. The Charlotte, N.C., product ended the 2017 season as the Quick Lane Bowl MVP and an ESPN ACC All-Bowl Team selection.

“He’s really matured,” Cutcliffe said of Jones. “I would say he dove into the spring. I mean, he has really put a lot of heart and soul into it. I’ve seen almost every area of his game improve.”

One position of exceptional depth for the offense this spring was the tight end group, with four returning letterwinners. Rising redshirt seniors Daniel Helm and Davis Koppenhaver anchor the group with rising sophomore Noah Gray and rising redshirt sophomore Mark Birmingham also experiencing action in 2017. Helm, Koppenhaver and Gray combined for seven scores, forming the only tight end trio in the ACC with multiple receiving touchdowns each.

“The thing that I think our tight ends bring is versatility within personnel groupings and what they can do,” Cutcliffe said. “I really am excited about what they accomplished this spring. They have made a lot more catches and have been really beneficial for us in the area of the passing game. I’m going to continue to see those guys grow more and more physical.”

Leading the way for the defense will be returning All-ACC selections Joe Giles-Harris and Mark Gilbert. Giles-Harris, a rising redshirt junior linebacker, was a 2017 All-America selection by the Walter Camp Foundation (second team), CBS Sports (third team) and Phil Steele (third team). Gilbert was the leading vote-getting cornerback in the All-ACC balloting and tied for third nationally with six interceptions.

“I'm excited for Mark,” Cutcliffe added. “You can tell he had a great winter. We spent a lot of time with all our winter lifting. He’s stronger.”

Season tickets may be purchased by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE or online at


Daniel Jones 6-5, 220 R-Jr. 2V
Quentin Harris 6-1, 195 R-Jr. 2V
Chris Katrenick 6-3, 215 R-Fr. SQ
Gunnar Holmberg 6-3, 190 Fr. HS
Daniel Karlin 6-3, 220 So. SQ
Brittain Brown 6-1, 205 R-So. 1V
Deon Jackson 6-0, 220 So. 1V
Marvin Hubbard III 5-9, 185 R-Fr. SQ
Nicodem Pierre 6-2, 220 R-Sr. 3V
Elijah Deveaux 6-0, 215 R-So. SQ
Ryan Wolitzer 5-9, 180 Jr. SQ
Griffin Carter 5-11, 190 Sr. SQ
Johnathan Lloyd 6-0, 190 R-Sr. 3V
Keyston Fuller 6-0, 190 R-Jr. 1V
Trevon Lee 6-1, 180 R-Sr. SQ
T.J. Rahming 5-10, 170 Sr. 3V
Scott Bracey 6-2, 210 R-So. SQ
Sayvon Sampson 6-2, 170 Sr. SQ
Chris Taylor 6-1, 180 R-Sr. 3V
OR Aaron Young 6-2, 205 R-Jr. 2V
Damond Philyaw-Johnson 6-1, 170 R-Fr. SQ
Troy Duncan 6-2, 190 So. SQ
Daniel Helm 6-4, 255 R-Sr. 2V
Davis Koppenhaver 6-4, 240 R-Sr. 3V
Noah Gray 6-4, 235 So. 1V
Mark Birmingham 6-4, 245 R-So. 1V
OR Jake Marwede 6-5, 235 R-Fr. SQ
Zamari Ellis 6-4, 245 Fr. HS
Aaron Wright 6-6, 220 So. SQ
Christian Harris 6-6, 295 R-Sr. 3V
Jaylen Miller 6-3, 310 R-So. SQ
Patrick Leitten 6-7, 265 R-Fr. SQ
Julian Santos 6-3, 315 Jr. 2V
Zach Baker 6-4, 290 R-Jr. 2V
Tristan Westover 6-2, 290 So. SQ
Zach Harmon 6-3, 285 R-Sr. 3V
Jack Wohlabaugh 6-4, 300 R-So. TR
Clark Bulleit 6-3, 285 Sr. SQ
Rakavius Chambers 6-3, 310 So. 1V
Jacob Rimmer 6-7, 295 R-Fr. SQ
OR Casey Holman 6-4, 290 Fr. HS
Robert Kraeling 6-7, 310 R-So. 1V
Liam Smith 6-4, 270 R-So. SQ
Tre Hornbuckle 6-4, 255 Jr. 2V
Drew Jordan 6-2, 260 So. 1V
Chidi Okonya 6-6, 245 R-So. 1V
Scott Jones 6-3, 230 Jr. SQ
Edgar Cerenord 6-1, 305 R-Sr. 3V
Axel Nyembwe 6-2, 310 So. 1V
Ben Frye 6-3, 255 R-Fr. SQ
Trevon McSwain 6-6, 295 R-Jr. 2V
Derrick Tangelo 6-2, 310 So. 1V
Twazanga Mugala 6-3, 250 R-Jr. 1V
Victor Dimukeje 6-2, 265 So. 1V
Terrell Lucas 6-3, 255 Jr. 2V
Chris Rumph II 6-3, 225 R-Fr. SQ
Noah Waddell 6-3, 235 Jr. SQ
Ben Humphreys 6-2, 225 Sr. 3V
Koby Quansah 6-1, 230 Jr. 2V
Xander Gagnon 6-3, 230 R-So. 1V
Kevin Gehsmann 6-0, 230 Sr. SQ
Joe Giles-Harris 6-2, 240 R-Jr. 2V
Brandon Hill 6-3, 225 R-So. 1V
Jacob Morgenstern 6-4, 210 R-So. SQ
Myles Hudzick 5-10, 165 R-So. 1V
Josh Blackwell 5-11, 175 R-Fr. SQ
Jeremiah Lewis 6-0, 180 Fr. HS
Mark Gilbert 6-1, 175 Jr. 2V
Mason Williams 5-11, 180 R-Jr. SQ
Antone Williams 5-11, 180 R-So. SQ
Dylan Singleton 5-11, 195 Jr. 2V
Lummie Young IV 6-1, 200 R-Fr. SQ
Brandon Feamster 6-3, 210 R-Jr. 2V
Jeremy McDuffie 5-11, 175 Sr. 3V
OR Michael Carter II 5-10, 180 So. 1V
Leonard Johnson 6-1, 200 R-Fr. SQ
Marquis Waters 6-0, 205 So. 1V
Jordan Hayes 6-0, 180 R-Jr. 2V
OR Damani Neal 5-10, 190 R-Fr. SQ
Javon Jackson 5-11, 195 R-So. SQ
Collin Wareham 5-9, 180 R-Sr. SQ
AJ Reed 5-11, 181 Jr. 1V
Jack Driggers 5-11, 170 So. 1V
Matthew Cone 6-1, 200 So. SQ
Jack Driggers 5-11, 170 So. 1V
AJ Reed 5-11, 180 Jr. 1V
Jackson Hubbard 6-3, 190 So. SQ
Tim Skapek 5-8, 180 Jr. SQ
Daniel Jones 6-5, 220 R-Jr. 2V
Ben Wyatt 6-1, 230 R-So. 1V
John Taylor 6-2, 205 So. SQ
Lee Rodio 5-10, 205 Jr. SQ
Johnathan Lloyd 6-0, 190 R-Sr. 3V
Jackson Hubbard 6-3, 190 So. SQ
Deon Jackson 6-0, 220 So. 1V
AND Brittain Brown 6-1, 205 R-So. 1V
Johnathan Lloyd 6-0, 190 R-Sr. 3V
AND Michael Carter II 5-10, 180 So. 1V
T.J. Rahming 5-10, 170 Sr. 3V
Keyston Fuller 6-0, 190 R-Jr. 1V
Josh Blackwell 5-11, 175 R-Fr. SQ

Duke Football – Spring Showcase This Saturday

DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke Football program will hold its annual Spring Showcase at 1 p.m.on Saturday at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Admission to the event is open to the public and free of charge.

Duke is coming off a 7-6 campaign that included a victory over Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Blue Devils return 47 lettermen and 16 starters with head coach David Cutcliffe entering his 11th season in Durham.

For the Showcase, the Blue Zone, Science Drive Garage (no tailgating) and Grounds Lot (ADA Parking and Blue Devil Tower guests) parking lots will open at 10 a.m. The Bostock Gate (North), Wilson Gate (East) and Powers Gate (West) will open at 12 noon. Highlights inside the venue for the event include:

  • Open seating will be available on both the east and west sides of the stadium, in the blue chairback seats
  • Concessions will be open and Duke Merchandise will be on sale
  • Interactive inflatable games will be set up on the concourse throughout the event
  • Victory Bell will be on the concourse to take photos with
  • Duke Ticket Office will be on hand to answer any questions
  • Bags will be allowed into the stadium, but will be subject to search when entering
  • Fans will be able to go on the field and meet their favorite Duke players for 30 minutes following the Spring Showcase

Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Duke Athletics Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE (2583).

Spring Football Starts at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Under the direction of head coach David Cutcliffe, the Duke football team will open spring practice on Wednesday at the Brooks Practice Facility. Under NCAA regulations, the Blue Devils will have 15 practice sessions including the program’s annual Spring Showcase scheduled for Saturday, April 14.

Duke returns 16 starters and 48 lettermen from last year’s squad that went 7-6 and capped the campaign with a 36-14 victory over Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Cutcliffe has guided the Blue Devils to five bowl game appearances in the last six years while this past season, Duke earned its fourth winning campaign in the last five years to mark the program’s most successful stretch since four winning seasons in five years between 1960-64.

Rising redshirt junior quarterback Daniel Jones headlines a group of seven returning offensive starters. In 2017, his second season as a starter, the Charlotte, N.C., native completed 257-of-453 (.567) passes for 2,691 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing 161 times for 518 yards and seven scores. Other returning starters include guard Zach Harmon, tight end Daniel Helm (22 receptions, 261 yards & 2 TDs), wide receiver Johnathan Lloyd (39 receptions, 367 yards & 1 TD), honorable mention All-ACC wide receiver T.J. Rahming (65 receptions, 795 yards & 2 TDs) guard Julian Santos and wide receiver Chris Taylor (25 receptions, 332 yards & 1 TD).

Defensively, eight starters return including All-America linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, who led Duke with 125 tackles and 16.0 tackles for loss in 2017. He is joined by tackle Edgar Cerenord (34 tackles & 3.0 TFL), ESPN Freshman All-America end Victor Dimukeje (40 tackles & 7.5 TFL), first team All-ACC cornerback Mark Gilbert (35 tackles, 6 INTs & 15 PBUs), safety Jordan Hayes (50 tackles & 3.0 TFL), end Tre Hornbuckle (50 tackles, 9.5 TFL), linebacker Ben Humphreys (70 tackles & 9.0 TFL) and third team All-ACC safety Jeremy McDuffie (58 tackles, 3 INTs & 9 PBUs).

Four members of Duke’s 2018 Signing Class – tight end Zamari Ellis, offensive lineman Casey Holman, quarterback Gunnar Holmberg and cornerback Jeremiah Lewis – enrolled in January and will participate in spring drills.

Duke opens the 2018 season on September 1 at home against Army West Point. In addition to the Black Knights, Blue Devils will host N.C. Central, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina and Wake Forest this fall. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Duke Athletics Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE (2583).

Huge In State Recruiting Weekend for Duke

The Duke Football team added three new players to the class of 2019 over the weekend.  All of those players hailed from the state of North Carolina giving Duke five of their six commitments from local programs.  Duke added running back Zanovan Knight, WR Donavon Greene and CB Isiah Kemp in the last few days giving them a great start to next seasons class.  Read more about these signings on the Blue Devil Nation message board as a member where we are currently running double your time specials.