Wednesday, March 3, 2010
ACC position superlatives: Duke
By ESPN.com staff
We continue our series in breaking down the strongest and weakest positions for each team today with Duke:
Strongest position: Wide receiver
Key returnees: Conner Vernon, Donovan Varner, Austin Kelly
Key departures: No starters lost.
The skinny: The staff moved Johnny Williams to corner, which says a lot about how much confidence they’ve got in this group, considering Williams was a player who caught 31 passes last year. They should be confident, as Vernon and Varner were both among the ACC’s top six receivers last year. The group should only get better with the progress of Tyree Watkins, a freshman last year who saw some playing time but was injured and earned a medical redshirt.
Weakest position: Defensive line
Key returnees: NG Charlie Hatcher, DE Patrick Egboh
Key departures: DT Vince Oghobaase, DE Ayanga Okpokowuruk
The skinny: Redshirt senior Wesley Oglesby has starting experience at defensive end, but the line’s depth took a hit with the dismissal of DT John Drew, who played in all 12 games in 2009, including one start. He was expected to be a contributor this year. Egboh had 34 tackles with a team-high six quarterback pressures while Hatcher contributed 39 tackles with seven tackles for loss and a fumble return for a touchdown in Duke's win at Virginia.