>> Tuesday, June 23, 2009
David Cutcliffe inherited a football program in Durham that would have struggled with some of the high school powers throughout the country. However, in his first year he helped lead the program to its best record in over five years.
The Blue Devils are lead by second team All-ACC quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis, at the quarterback position. Lewis has thrown for over 2,100 yards each of his first three seasons as a Blue Devil and has been a surprising talent in Durham. Outside of Lewis, Duke is lacking talent in every single offensive position. Only two starters return on the line, including center Bryan Morgan. While at the skill positions, Johnny Williams is the only returnee with any experience. Re'quan Boyette returns to the backfield after missing all of last season, but it remains to be seen if he will help an abysmal running attack that averaged under 110 yards a game last season.
The defensive side of the ball appears to be in better shape than the aforementioned offensive unit. Defensive coordinators, Marion Hobby and Mike MacIntyre, return several talented players. Vince Oghobaase and Ayananga Okpokowuruk(I hope I spelled those right) return to anchor a capable defensive line. While, there are still problems with the back seven, the front four may be able to keep them out of trouble. Safety Catron Gainey and linebacker Vincet Rey hope to minimize the mistakes of the young unit.
Cutcliffe has brought in quite the recruiting class by Duke standards. The class is ranked 51st in the country, according to Rivals.com and boasts two four-star players. The class is headlined by a 5'9", 185 pound running back from Durham, Desmond Scott. Scott is an all-purpose back with sub 4.5 speed and breakaway ability. Tyree Watkins may make an immediate impact at wide receiver. The 6'2", 185 pound wide receiver has big-time play ability and will scoot up the depth chart at a rapid pace.
September 26th-North Carolina Central-Win
October 3rd-Virginia Tech-Loss
October 10th-@NC State-Loss
November 7th-@North Carolina-Loss
November 14th-Georgia Tech-Loss
November 28th-Wake Forest-Loss
Season Projection: 3-9 (0-8 ACC)