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August, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

If it weren't for the headline, how else would I get you to read that Duke has named its starting placekicker?

Nick Maggio is the Blue Devils' man.

Oh stop, every team needs a placekicker.

Maggio beat senior Joe Surgan, sophomore Will Snyderwine and freshman Paul Asack for the job.

"Nick Maggio, right now, unless something different happens, will be our starting placekicker, particularly anything with extra points or medium to close field goal range," Cutcliffe said in a statement released by the school. "Throughout practice (Maggio's percentage) has been really good. He's in the 85-percent range. You can live with that in field goal range, and he's 100 percent with extra points. Anything of any great distance, we'd certainly go back in there with Joe."

Cutcliffe said Maggio's range extends about 45 yards.

"Maggio has made a couple of 47, 48-yarders, so 45 yards and in, I'm thinking him," Cutcliffe said. "Yesterday, Joe made one from 53 that would have been good from 63. He's a guy that has unusual ability. We've got a guy who's truly a long-range field goal kicker. Joe Surgan will be our kickoff man."

In 2007, Maggio made two-of-five field goal attempts and was successful on all 13 of his extra point tries.

Cutcliffe also said Kevin Jones would handle the punting duties and Chris Shannon will be the long snapper on both punt and placement kicks.

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