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Duke down lineman Kyle Hill prepares for Elon

Duke offensive lineman Kyle Hill poses for the Blue Devil Nation on Duke's annual picture day. BDN caught up with Hill who talks of the season opener. Stay tuned to BDN for true Duke Beat coverage of the football and basketball programs and join BDN Premium for full site access including our subscription only message board and you'll be in the know.

DURHAM – It’s not long before Duke kicks off their 2010 football season against Elon where they have been installed as 7.5 favorites over the Southern Conference power.  One of the keys this season will be the play of the offensive line where Kyle Hill helps anchor the front.  BDN caught up with Kyle to get his thoughts on the season opener which you can hear on BDN audio –

Quick Hitter – Kyle Hill talks of his position switch and Duke Football

Kyle Hill (right)
Kyle Hill (right)

For Duke to have a successful 2009 campaign, it will be important for young players like Kyle Hill to lead the way for the offensive line.  BDN talked with Kyle after the spring football game and here are his thoughts going into the off season.  It is worth noting that once again, Coach David Cutcliffe said that all of his players would stick around and workout this summer.

You have switched positions on the offensive line, how is that going?

It’s been going pretty good, I’m enjoying it.  I was playing left tackle last spring and guard last Fall, so it’s a nice switch to go back to left tackle.

Do you feel like this team is now looking to you for leadership on the offensive line?

I think they are really just looking for whoever can step forward and be a good leader.  You know, myself and Brian have been trying to do our best to be good examples and work hard for the rest of the line to follow us.

Coach said you’ve have put on a little  weight, can you talk about that?

I’ve put on about twenty pounds and I can definitely feel the strength difference.  It feels a lot better and it is helping me in a positive way and has helped out a lot.

You have two years under Coach Cutcliffe and have seen last year’s team and this year’s team.  Do you feel that you can be as good or better than last year?

Oh, I definitely think so.  The amount of intensity and the work ethic is unbelievable.  We just keep working hard and feel at least as good as we did if not better.  I really feel we can do better than we did last year.

What are your thoughts on the spring game?

It was very game like.  It was fast paced for a spring game and we competed hard against the defense which was a lot of fun and a good experience.

Game Week – Coach Cutcliffe talks of a new beginning and more

[private]The Blue Devil Nation was once again on hand after this mornings practice and we chatted briefly with Coach Cutcliffe. This was the last time the media could talk to him during opening game week. All of the question were asked by Brian Strickland of the Herald Sun and myself.

It’s just over fifty hours before kickoff on Saturday. What are your feelings at this time?

I feel like we’re prepared. Today’s practice looked that way. I thought defensively, offensively and the kicking game had people where they were supposed to be and knew what to do and were pretty crisp and focused. This is your dress rehearsal every week on Thursday and you find out a lot about your team. It’s the first time they’ve seen the way we do things, so I was pleased with it for the most part.

Do you get nervous before the games?

Not really. I get butterflies like anybody does on occasion from the excitement. I wouldn’t call it nervousness. There’s too many things to do to be nervous with last minute things going on. I enjoy game day and try to enjoy that experience and I want the players to enjoy it. We’re pretty intense as you guys know that are around here during the week. On game day, I am going to be intense, but if they’re not ready after this, it’s not their fault, it’s mine.

Coach, you’ve been doing a lot of promotion in the off season. Do you think that’s been a success?

Absolutely! I think we’ll see that Saturday night. I think we’ll see more than a full house. I don’t say that to keep people from coming, but to encourage them to come for I think it’s going to be mpore fun than they’ve had in Wallace Wade Stadium in a long time.

Coach K had some nice things to say about the program during his press conference yesterday. Can you give me a brief comment about that?

Certainly! I appreciate his support from the start, the very beginning. Here’s a guy bringing home the Gold and he sets his press conference on Wednesday. I know he’s still tired and just to make the comment that he want’s the press conference out of the way and everything to be focused on the football team is just unbelievable. It doesn’t surprise because of who he is. I sat and kind of measured him up during the press conference … here’s a guy who is a graduate of West Point who played for the winningest coach of all time. He’s won over 800 games himself, three national titles and now Olympic Gold. I’m just kind of looking at him saying, “whats next?”

Can you talk about OL Kyle Hill and what he’s done?

He’s done a really nice job to come out and start in his first game as an offensive lineman. He takes a lot of pride and he is athletic. I think it gives us one of the most athletic sides of the line with him and Cameron Goldberg. I like athletes, you guys know that. Neither one of them have an ounce on them. I look forward to seeing Kyle compete. I’m sure he’ll make some mistakes, but if you are going to make them, do it is full speed which is one of my motto’s.

You will be back on the field as a head coach this weekend which is something you wanted to get back to …

I’m not going to be arrogant, but I will tell you that I feel very natural doing that. It’s what I prefer. When I have coached as an offensive coordinator, I’m the head coach of that offensive team and I’m focused. From a competing (as an OC) standpoint, we had a plan from the get go. I mean no disrespect to the coaches I’ve coached for, but (being in charge) is my nature and I’m very, very comfortable around this staff. I look forward to really going out and competing with them.

We’ve had quite a bit of rain of late. How might that paly into field conditions?

The field will drain. It’s a sand based field and I think it’ll be fine. I’m not sure what’s coming up, but we might have a couple of thunder busters between now and the game. We all surfed in here yesterday. It was the largest amount of water I’ve ever dealt with in a practice situation. I really don’t care what the fields like. If we play well and take care of the football and do the things we’ve got to do I will like watching our team compete.

An aside, the field was being painted as I left and the North Carolina sunshine started to burst between the clouds. The field looked to be in good shape. It’s been a crazy week of coverage where this site has been burning the candle at both ends. Next week should allow us to get back to more writing, instead of the interview formats we’ve adopted for times sake. Lastly, wear blue and turnout foe the game on Saturday evening. I’ve been tipped off about some new experiences that should please Duke fans. You will want to get into the stadium early to catch the full effect.[/private]