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Monday Links – Langdon, Redick, Tauliliili and Wall in the news

Redick will start for Orlando versus Boston tonight
Redick will start for Orlando versus Boston tonight

First off, John Wall, the nation’s top-rated point guard, has been charged with breaking and entering by Raleigh Police. We’ll have more on this development a bit later, but the incident happened on April the 27th and is just now coming to light for most outlets.  Nothing was reported as being taken and sources are saying that the house wasn’t occupied.

Former Duke linebacker Michael Tauliliili has signed a two year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Another former Dukie, JJ Redick, will have the unenviable task of guarding Ray Allen tonight as the Orlando-Boston series starts.  Redick gave his team a huge lift off the bench and has a great opportunity to shine in a start this evening.

Trajan is one of Europe's most respected players
Trajan is one of Europe

Trajan Langdon and CSKA Moscow fell just short of another Euroleague Basketball title yesterday.  Langdon has been a star across the pond.  I had the pleasure of watching the game on Fox Sports and on the last timeout, the Greek team could be heard in the huddle saying, “Watch “blanking” Langdon.”   CSKA comeback falls short

Tauiliili, Lewis, Riley garner All ACC honors

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DURHAM, N.C. – Headlined by first team selection Michael Tauiliili, four Duke players received All-ACC honors as the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced the 2008 Associated Press football all-conference teams.
Joining Tauiliili from Duke were second team choices Thaddeus Lewis and Eron Riley and honorable mention pick Vince Oghobaase.
A senior linebacker from Houston, Texas, Tauiliili finished the regular season with a conference-best 140 tackles and added 13.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions, five pass breakups, five quarterback pressures, three caused fumbles

Tauiliili on Senior Day
Tauiliili on Senior Day

and one fumble recovery.  A two-time ACC Player of the Week pick and the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week choice after Duke’s 31-3 win over Virginia, Tauiliili is the only linebacker in the conference to rank among the top 10 in four different statistical categories.  Tauiliili is the first Duke linebacker to earn first team all-conference honors since John Zuanich did so in 1994.

Oghobaase, a junior defensive tackle from Houston, Texas, posted 51 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and a team-high 6.0 quarterback sacks in 2008.  All six of his sacks came in league play as he helped the Blue Devils hold three opponents to fewer than 10 points for the first time since 1976.
Oghobaase and Tauiliili were primary reasons that Duke made significant improvement in scoring defense (-9.8 points), total defense (-67.4 yards), rushing defense (-28.7 yards) and passing defense (-38.7 yards) while facing the 2nd most difficult schedule in the nation — a ledger that included 10 bowl eligible teams and the top-ranked FCS squad in James Madison.
Lewis and Riley, who teamed up over the past three seasons to form the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandem in Duke football history, both received second team honors.  The duo hooked up for 19 touchdowns through the air to surpass the previous record of 16 held by the pairs of Ben Bennett-to-Chris Castor and Steve Slayden-to-Doug Green.
A junior quarterback from Opa-Locka, Fla., Lewis completed 224-of-361 (.620) passes for 2,171 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions this year.  He ranks second in the ACC in total offense (206.1), passing yards per game (197.4) and touchdown passes while standing third in passing efficiency (122.95).  Lewis set school records for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (206) and most pass attempts in a single-game without an interception (52 vs. N.C. State) and was named ACC Player of the Week after 317-yard, three-touchdown day against Navy.  On Duke’s single-season records lists, Lewis’ 2008 totals stand seventh for pass completions, ninth for pass attempts and tied for eighth in touchdown passes.  Lewis becomes the first Blue Devil signal caller to garner all-conference accolades since 1988 when Anthony Dilweg was a first team pick.
Riley, a senior wide receiver from Savannah, Ga., received his second straight second team all-conference citation.  In 2008, he hauled in 61 passes for 693 yards and eight touchdowns to rank second in the league in receptions per game (5.08) and touchdown grabs and fourth in receiving yards per outing (57.8).  On Duke’s all-time charts, Riley finished his career ranking seventh in receptions (144), second in receiving yards (2,413) and third in touchdown catches (22).
The 2008 Associated Press All-ACC football teams are voted on by 67 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

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Anything less than standing room only for the Duke-NCSU game in Wade is unacceptable

[private]The Duke Blue Devils will entertain the North Carolina State Wolfpack in football for the first time since 2003 this weekend in Wallace Wade Stadium.  It’s a shame it took this long for these two rivals to hook up again, but that’s the way it is since the new ACC alignment.

There is no reason for this game to be anything other than a sell out.  N.C. State is sure to bring many a red clad fan in for the 3:30 kickoff and Duke fans need to realize just how long it’s been since their team was 4-4 this time of the season.

Coach Cutcliffe worked hard all summer long to get fans excited and involved and it seems to be working.  I listened to a heart breaking defeat to Wake Forest at a local Durham establishment, Devines, located on Main Street last Saturday.

In the past, it was not unusual for Duke fans to turn out, but they were for the most part old school.  On this day, a large group of students joined the old guard in the courtyard and we all sat around together in unison rooting for Cut’s kids.

The great thing is that generation gaps were bridged and conversations were those you might expect from friends or fans you’ve known for a long time.  In short, there was a new level of interest compared to the years of Franks and Roof. 

The crowd prompted long time Herald Sun sportswriter and my pal Frank Dascenzo to say, “Can you believe this?”  When asked what, he continued, “Look at all the people in here, they are into Duke Football.”  He went on to say he’d never seen it like that before and coming from someone who cut his teeth on ACC football that’s saying a lot.

All season long, Duke fans have come together and that’s a testament to Cut’s dedication to turn this long dormant program around.  Shortly after the opening victory over James Madison, I ventured to Cookout for a quick bite after the game,  The simple fact that I was wearing Duke colors prompted two band members (pictured with thumbs up) to strike up a conversation in the line about Duke Football.

People who know that I run a Duke related web site come up and say things like, “Wow, Duke is for real” or “Cutcliffe really knows what he is doing,”   The best might have been, “Man, I can’t believe it!  Duke really has a football team.” The thing is that most of these comments came from fans of another school, the same ones who were making fun of the program at the start of the season thinking it was the same old Duke.

No matter where I go or what I do, it seems the repercussions of a few wins are prevalent in the community.  The mere fact that I could give ten to fifteen more examples as those above says a lot, but the ultimate statement would be to show our support to Cut’s kids by making the fire marshall come to Wade for tomorrows game.

This team has put in a lot of hard work as has the staff.  There is no reason why any fan within four hours wouldn’t want to venture to Wally World to immerse themselves in a great college football atmosphere.

There is nothing like the contrasting colors or red and royal blue when Duke and N.C. State get together.  Add to that Autumn backdrop on a slightly crisp November afternoon and well, it doesn’t get much better than this.

We have two more chances to see the 2008-09 Duke Blue Devils football team and super senior leaders like Michael Tauliliili.  That said, join me this weekend, cheer hard and wear your Duke Blue proudly for it is the “Dawn of a New Day.”[/private]