Early Morning Coffee in RDU with BabeThomHerman - No matter what time of day, Coffee/Sports are a great combo!
My Blog

Duke Football Will Not Finish Last In The ACC Coastal Division

picture is property of Herman Thomas
Duke Blue Devils, head football coach, David Cutcliffe, in his sixth year at the helm, has taken the next step to clinch the program’s first winning season since 1994 – that Belk Bowl loss left Duke at 6-7 last year – the Blue Devils have implemented the option offense (zone read). That includes executing it on offense and stopping it on defense.
During the spring, Coach Cutliffe said, "The game has changed, the field is the same size that it has always been, and the defense is bigger, faster and stronger. We’re reverting right back to single-wing football is what we’re doing, where you have these weapons at your disposal, misdirection, anything you can do."
Coach Cutcliffe called the 2013 Blue Devils team a mixture of veteran players and young talent. Officially, Duke returns 17 starters – seven on offense, eight on defense and two specialists. But he also pointed out how flexible that number actually is – because of Duke’s heavy injury toll last season, quite a few players got experience as starters.
The Blue Devils have about 32 players who started at least one game last season.
Duke will be led at the Quarterback position by redshirt junior, Anthony Boone who had one start last season against the Virginia Cavaliers, leading Duke to a 41-17 victory. 
Boone threw four touchdown passes and finished 18-of-31 for 212 yards; while also rushing seven times for 41 yards.
Implementing an option offense (Zone read) will be effective in managing the game clock, giving the opposing team less time to score, and keeping the option team's defense from tiring.
In my eyes, Cutcliffe is wise to use the strengths and experience of his offense by going with the option offense, primarily because of a combined total of 104 starts for the projected starters on the offensive live.
Duke’s offensive line is one of the tightest groups on the team. A year ago, most of them went to Africa together to dig wells in Ethiopia. This past summer, they worked with Habitat for Humanity.
But Cutcliffe is also counting on a number of young players to play key roles, especially in the secondary. He’s counting on the veterans to help the youngsters fit in quickly. The Blue Devils secondary will be led by the only returning starter in the defensive backfield; reigning All-ACC first team, redshirt-senior cornerback and NFL prospect, Ross Cockrell.
I realize what has been predicted by the experts for the 2013 ACC football season! Yes I do agree that Clemson will win the ACC Championship, but I don't agree that Duke will finish last in the Coastal division.
I look for them to finish 4th or 5th in the Coastal,  (4-4) with a (7-5) overall record and another trip to a bowl game. 
Keep in mind I feel that an 8-4 season is not really out of reach. Remember, they don’t have to play Clemson or Florida State this season.
Many may say I am foolish for making this prediction but many didn’t feel that the Blue Devils would even make it to a bowl last season.
Duke football will be under the radar and with a new offensive scheme, barring any major injuries, I feel this will allow them to catch a lot of teams off guard and lead them to another special season.
Feel free to follow Herman on Twitter @babethomherman

4 Comments to Duke Football Will Not Finish Last In The ACC Coastal Division:

Comments RSS
Frank on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 2:21 PM
I would say more like 6-6 with another bowl, but great reading.
Reply to comment
Sportsdiva on Monday, October 28, 2013 3:28 AM
Done deal!!!

Jerry on Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:53 PM
More inclined to believe 7-5 season.
Reply to comment

Sportsdiva on Monday, October 28, 2013 3:26 AM
We are going bowling baby!! Dukediva
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
RSS Follow

Recent Posts

Challenges associated with PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder
Triggers, PTSD and Complex-PTSD
Finding your happy place: PTSD and Anxiety
Ambitions of a Blogger: Homicide, Drugs, Crime and Perdue Pharma
Challenges Associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Most Popular Posts

The Miami Hurricanes: A Gamble worth Taking
UCLA Should Have Been Number One! ESPN 50/50 QB
Triggers, PTSD and Complex-PTSD
NFL Blurred Lines
When roosters are involved: Anything could happen! UNC vs USC


Health and well being


April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012

powered by