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Duke Football 2014-15 Discussion

Postby dukeberto » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:32 pm

A very early look at the 2014 team as Duke Football attempts to return to the glory of 2013.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:15 pm

Hoping for the first ten win season since 2013.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Rollins » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:24 pm

Bold Prediction: Every position group improves next season. Yes we lose 3 DL starters but there will still be 3 RS seniors starting

Underrated Loss: Pass blocking of Thompson and Duncan.

Biggest Improvement: Receiver play.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Topher » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:47 pm

I rate our DL in this order from 2013:

Anunike
Woodruff
Johnson
Foxx
JDO

Don't think the DL will step back that much honestly. Plus, Petri is an amazing coach. Think the secondary takes the biggest step forward. Although they made great, opportune plays, they were pretty bad.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Pantone287 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:43 pm

No Bruce? I agree if you're talking DE.

I think Bruce and Wray will actually be a pretty solid inside starting tandem. For a 20 year-old kid who's gained 45 pounds in the last 2 years, I've been pretty impressed with Wray. I think he'll be a decent ACC lineman his last two years.

Who do you all think starts on the ends? I'm a huge fan of both Woodruff and DJO, but they're more speed rushers than anything else. Are they every down guys? Dez Johnson is solid, but doesn't necessarily have the athletic upside they have.

I wonder if the coaches are planning on moving Raynor to DE. If not, I wish they would, more for 2015 than anything else. Who else do we have on the DL depth chart besides Wolf, and maybe Wallace, Marshall or Sanders? I'm blanking right now. Maybe Shabazz plays as a freshman?
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Rollins » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:45 am

Bruce was our best DL all season imo. He drew double teams.

I think you'll see Dez Johnson, JDO and Woody function as essentially 3 starters.

I'm not optimistic about Wallace coming back. He was still on crutches when I saw him in ATL.

So that leaves some wild cards in Grier, Allen Jackson, Sanders (who I think moves back to DE) and Mann as the next guys up. No one on that list has the striking physical presence that Foxx and Annunike had, but it's not to say that these guys can't make strides. We've just literally seen none of them play DE in a game for any meaningful snaps.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Topher » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:49 am

Oops, I was specifically talking about DEs and I should have said as much.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Topher » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:50 am

I think we rotate Dez, JDO, and Woodruff as the starters too. Woodruff looked like more of a run stuffer to me. Johnson has that excellent frame, he just needs to develop his shedding skills.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Pantone287 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:31 pm

I wonder if we're going to try moving Raynor to DE or something. Seems like a more natural fit, and it's a bigger need going forward.

I'd also be curious to see what a bulked up Kyler Brown would look like at DE. He's always seemed like he'd make more sense as a DE than a LB to me, honestly.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Rollins » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:38 pm

Pantone287 wrote:I wonder if we're going to try moving Raynor to DE or something. Seems like a more natural fit, and it's a bigger need going forward.

I'd also be curious to see what a bulked up Kyler Brown would look like at DE. He's always seemed like he'd make more sense as a DE than a LB to me, honestly.


I've been thinking that using Raynor as a flex DE/DT could be useful. You always need one guy who can play both positions. Think of Al Wallace back in the day for the Panthers. If we get this Cerenord guy from Florida then I would trust our depth enough to move Raynor outside full time.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:26 pm

Duke-UNC rivalry game reportedly slated for Thursday

Man, I kinda like the Thanksgiving Saturday tradition.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby DrKlahn » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:48 pm

That's ginormous. National TV, not getting buried behind all the other rivalry games. Damn.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:02 pm




Thursday night rivalry game it is.

2 open dates, finish with 3 straight home games.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby aiw » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:05 pm

9-3

Back-to-back @ Pitt @ Syracuse. Reverse of the basketball team.

That 2nd open date sucks.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:08 pm

aiw wrote:9-3


Good enough to retain division? I don't keep up with the other teams to know where they stand for next season.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby bfactor » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:15 pm

9-3 overall would probably mean 5-3 in conference. It's happened before, but I'd doubt that it wins the division.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby rhfarmer » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:23 pm

Not liking the divisional schedules, it's **** boring to play the same teams every year. But not playing Clemson and FSU is ok.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby DrKlahn » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:39 pm

Don't teams normally get a bye before the Thursday game? I assume UNC has like 3 weeks off.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:46 pm

DrKlahn wrote:Don't teams normally get a bye before the Thursday game? I assume UNC has like 3 weeks off.

They host Pitt while we host VT on the 15th.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby dukeberto » Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:47 pm

Hate the second bye being just two weeks after our first.

I see us with a floor of winning 8 games (4 OOC, Wake, UVA, Pitt, and Cuse) Ceiling of going undefeated.

The only team that should be better than they were last year is UNC, but we all know they have a history of underwhelming in the ACC.
Miami and VaTech will be breaking in new players at key positions.
Cuse was not very good last year.
Pitt is losing their best defensive player, although their WRs still scare me a bit.
GaTech will be breaking in a new QB, and who knows whether Paul Johnson will be there the whole year, or if the administration mails it in with him.

Only complaint is the scheduling of the second bye.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby Pantone287 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:18 pm

Yeah, Pitt's also losing their QB that wrecked us (Savage), Devin Street, and 2 starting OL, so hopefully their offense will take a big hit. Boyd is still a scary WR, though.

Miami is a bit of a wildcard to me - lose their QB, but their defense won't be quite as young and inexperienced, and of course, Duke Johnson. Seems like they have the potential to be pretty good if guys pan out and they get it together.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby physicsfactor » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:41 pm

I'm thinking 8-4. That might be conservative, but I'm going to need more than one winning season to really stick my neck out on a Duke football prediction. I'm thinking losses to Miami, VT, and UNC plus one other random loss.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:47 pm

Still happy with 6 wins.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:38 pm

Spring game - anyone going tomorrow? Thinking of taking the whole family if the weather cooperates. They won't care too much about the football, but if there's a Blue Devil sighting to be had, they'll be thrilled.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby rhfarmer » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:04 pm

http://espn.go.com/college-football/sto ... acl-injury

Duke''s season just got a little easier?
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:46 am

I had @Miami as a pretty near definite loss next season. I guess now it's a likely loss? Although it's not like their home field provides a terrific advantage so maybe I'm overestimating them based purely on the name on the front of the jersey.

Still, I think they return their skill position guys on offense (other than QB), including Duke Johnson, who missed last season's game,
and it's not like their defense can get any worse.

I kinda think we go 8-4, losses @PItt, @Miami, @Georgia Tech and UNC. If we can't be in a big time bowl, then I'll be rooting for the Pinstripe Bowl so I can go.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby bfactor » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:42 am

8-4, Music City Bowl is my completely uneducated, optimistic guess. We return so much, but also had a lot of things fall into place last year, so I think it's a wash. Then you have to assume that the Coastal won't suck as much. It was really, really bad.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby aiw » Mon May 19, 2014 2:55 pm

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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Tue May 20, 2014 1:37 pm

bfactor wrote:8-4, Music City Bowl is my completely uneducated, optimistic guess. We return so much, but also had a lot of things fall into place last year, so I think it's a wash. Then you have to assume that the Coastal won't suck as much. It was really, really bad.


Yeah, I mean, we were down 22-0 to UVA at one point but still won that game. Wake and UNC were tight, toss-up games that we won, as was VT (although to Duke's credit all three could be characterized as gutty road wins). Even NC State was a game in which we were pretty much dominated at the line of scrimmage for over half of the game. Devon Edwards ain't gonna be in the path of every poorly thrown ball this season, unfortunately.

I feel like we'll never beat Georgia Tech no matter how much they lose from a prior year.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby rhfarmer » Tue May 20, 2014 6:41 pm

AIW, that's an interesting article. Interesting take on Beamer and Georgia Tech. Maybe we finally beat GIT.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby aiw » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:28 pm

Wife just gave me my Father's Day present a bit early. 5 season tickets for the upcoming season. Awesome.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:00 am

aiw wrote:Wife just gave me my Father's Day present a bit early. 5 season tickets for the upcoming season. Awesome.


Save the stubs.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby aiw » Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:21 pm

StopThePumpFakesShav wrote:
aiw wrote:Wife just gave me my Father's Day present a bit early. 5 season tickets for the upcoming season. Awesome.


Save the stubs.


GT game is away, I think :(
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby DukeNukem05 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:05 pm

StopThePumpFakesShav wrote:
aiw wrote:Wife just gave me my Father's Day present a bit early. 5 season tickets for the upcoming season. Awesome.


Save the stubs.

I keep considering digging up that stub just to see if I even have it, but that guy never returned.
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Re: Duke Football 2014 Discussion

Postby DukeNukem05 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:06 pm

Also, let's be serious for a minute. We're taking this coming season into 2015. This thread title is all wrong.
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Re: Duke Football 2014-15 Discussion

Postby aiw » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:15 pm

You are correct. Fixed.
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Re: Duke Football 2014-15 Discussion

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Re: Duke Football 2014-15 Discussion

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Re: Duke Football 2014-15 Discussion

Postby aiw » Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:23 am

He's right
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Re: Duke Football 2014-15 Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:06 am

Yep. She comes off poorly there.
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