ACC: Dave Harding

Duke embraces its big moment

December, 4, 2013
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DukeESPN Stats & InfoIt seems almost everything Duke has done this season has been the first in forever -- or ever.
After the improbable happened, they retreated to the visitors’ locker room with one familiar possession and one completely new.

A celebration was in order.

So they jumped up and down. All of them, even coach David Cutcliffe. They sang. They danced. They screamed.

Then their new ACC Coastal Division Trophy started getting passed around like a second helping of pumpkin pie, each guy more eager than the next for a taste. Cornerback Ross Cockrell feared it would break because so many hands reached for it all at once.

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AP Photo/Gerry BroomeDuke retained the Victory Bell by beating North Carolina and earned the right to celebrate.
Players started taking out cameras, snapping pictures. Others sat on the Victory Bell, back for another stint on the Duke campus after a second consecutive victory over nemesis North Carolina.

“We had those two big trophies that mean so much to us,” defensive end Kenny Anunike recalled in a phone interview. “We didn’t want to leave. We would have slept in that locker room if we had to.”

In a locker room. In enemy territory in Chapel Hill, N.C. If that does not capture the unique moment in time Duke football occupies right now, not much else does. The Blue Devils own their state, own their bitter rivals and own the headlines over their more famous basketball counterparts.

Enthusiasm on campus is so high, strangers walk up to Anunike on campus and shout, “Great job, Kenny! You guys are doing awesome, we appreciate what you’re doing!” Enthusiasm among football alums is so high, Anunike has been flooded with texts from former players, all wearing Duke football gear. Players from the “Dark Ages,” as Anunike says, all too eager to claim their piece of the history only this 2013 group can claim.

So much had to go right for No. 20 Duke to get to this moment, three days away from facing No. 1 Florida State in the ACC championship game. Two critical turning points paved the way. Rewind to September, after Duke dropped to 0-2 in ACC play following back-to-back losses to Georgia Tech and Pitt.

A players’ only meeting was called. The seniors spoke up.

“We all stood up and talked to the younger players and let them know these two losses did not define our season,” Anunike said. “That there’s a lot of football left to be played. We had to play harder and faster than any team we were going to face in the near future.”

They each reiterated the mantra that had become commonplace around the practice field, the weight room and the meeting rooms: Finish. Two nonconference wins followed. Then more adversity hit on the road at Virginia. Duke trailed 22-0 to the worst team in the ACC.

Finish.

The Blue Devils rallied to win, then beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., the following weekend to end a 12-game losing streak in the series. That was when Anunike realized this team may be in the middle of a history-making season. More wins followed, pressure building as the stakes grew larger each week.

Yet Duke – a team that had not been in contention for an ACC title in 24 years – never flustered and never faltered.

Finish.

“I didn't know how we were going to handle the success, either,” offensive guard Dave Harding said. “But this team has shown a maturity and a workmanlike attitude in our success, and what really has given us that edge is the fact that we have great leadership at every position on the field. We have guys who know what got us to this point and that’s a whole lot of hard work.

“Coach Cutcliffe is so adamant about doing things the right way, even though it's not the cool thing to do nor the easy thing to do. This team has learned how to do that. Since we know how to do it when it's tough, we know how to do it when things are going well, too.”

The next challenge requires quite the balancing act – savoring all the success while maintaining their focus to prepare for the best team they have faced all season. Duke is well aware it is a prohibitive underdog. But that is not unusual.

Duke is in this game to win it. And if the Blue Devils do not win it, they plan on making a return trip to try again. Cutcliffe has reminded reporters several times this season his program is not a flash in the pan. When football supersedes basketball in December, you know the culture has changed.

“I know we’re definitely here to stay and we’re going to continue this dream season and next year they’re going to repeat it,” Anunike said.

Anunike said something similar one year ago, after Duke made its first bowl game since 1994. He promised Duke would go bowling again this year.

Nobody believed him. Duke was selected to finish last in the Coastal in the ACC preseason poll in July. Maybe it is about time everybody started listening.
Duke offensive guard Dave Harding has already graduated with a degree in public policy studies while minoring in Asian and Middle Eastern studies to learn Arabic. He wrapped that up in May. With time to spare, Harding is now working on a master’s degree in political science.

That’s the Duke football you know.

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Peter Casey/USA TODAY SportsCoach David Cutcliffe and Duke are bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
The Duke that beat No. 14-ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday? In Blacksburg? Same smart guys. Different program.

When Duke’s busses got back to Durham around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, after winning at Virginia Tech for the first time in school history, there was a group of about 40 students waiting for the Blue Devils, chanting “Foot-ball school! Foot-ball school!”

Welcome to Cutcliffeville, where Duke football is 6-2 and bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

Surprised? They’re not.

“Each one of the players on this team believed in what Coach [David] Cutcliffe was doing at Duke,” said Harding. "We realized the commitment the university was making to football. We bought in. Everybody on the team would say they came to Duke fully expecting to compete for ACC championships, to be playing in big-time bowl games. It really doesn’t come as a surprise to me at all. It’s been something we’ve been working for. We’ve had great players in the past laying the foundation for where we are now. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s great to see the fruits of our hard work.”

Harding and his fellow offensive linemen allowed just one sack against a Virginia Tech defense that entered the game ranked tied for first in the ACC with 27 sacks. That wasn’t even the half of it. Duke won, 13-10, and it was historic. Epic. Perception-changing. Sure, Duke turned heads last year when it got to a bowl game for the first time since 1994. But then the Blue Devils didn’t win again for the rest of the season, fizzling with five straight losses. Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech was Duke’s fourth straight win. It came in Lane Stadium, historically one of the toughest places in the country to play. And it validated everything Cutcliffe has done and said about the program heading in the right direction since he was hired.

“It’s why I came here,” said junior tight end Braxton Deaver. “It’s why I chose Duke football. [Cutcliffe] said, ‘Do you want to be just a stat in another program or be a major factor in resurrecting a program?’ That’s worked exactly how myself and my family thought it would work out. It couldn’t be more exciting.”

Take a minute to digest this: Duke is now the best team in the state of North Carolina.

Again.

Rival UNC is a dreadful 2-5. NC State has yet to win a conference game. And Wake Forest, as gritty as that team has been the past few weeks, is still two wins shy of bowl eligibility.

It's been a long time coming, but it's great to see the fruits of our hard work.

Duke offensive lineman Dave Harding on the Blue Devils' 6-2 start.
Last season, Duke beat Wake Forest and earned its sixth win against rival North Carolina. (The Blue Devils didn’t play NC State last season.)

The win at Virginia Tech didn’t just catapult this Duke team into history, it completely changed the balance of power within the state this fall. Duke is No. 4 in ESPN.com’s latest ACC power rankings -- well ahead of No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 12 North Carolina, and No. 13 NC State.

“Yeah, that’s something we understand and being the best team in North Carolina, that’s a great attribute, but at the same time, we just want to line up every week against who we’re trying to beat,” Deaver said. “It’s a little personal. Being the top dog isn’t so bad in the state, but it isn’t about that. It’s about us winning and keep on winning.”

Steve Spurrier was coaching Duke the last time the program won six games in back-to-back seasons. Unlike last year, the Blue Devils shouldn’t fade after their sixth win. Duke has a perfectly-timed bye week now to celebrate and digest its monumental win. Every team remaining on the schedule -- including No. 7 Miami -- is beatable, but Duke should find at least one more win against NC State, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

After all, as it stands today, Duke is the best team in the state.

That’s the Duke football you need to know now.

ACC Week 7: Did you know?

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Thanks again to ESPN Stats & Info and sports information departments from all of these schools for the tidbits.

Pitt: The Panthers have played 12 different true freshmen this season, and they are led by rookies in seven different categories. James Conner is their top rusher (353 yards), and receiver Tyler Boyd is their top pass-catcher (23 receptions), scorer (30 points), kick returner (178 yards) and all purpose threat (701 yards). Kicker Chris Blewitt, meanwhile, is the team's top kick-scorer (26 points), while defensive back Terrish Webb is tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries (1).

Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech has allowed just 30 points in the second half, the second-fewest in the ACC. Pitt has scored just 38 points in the second half, the fewest in the ACC. Quarterback Logan Thomas has faced a lot of criticism over the last two seasons but has stepped up his play recently for the Hokies, as he has not thrown an interception in his last two games after getting picked off in each of his previous five games.

Duke: The Blue Devils have displayed remarkable consistency on their offensive line in recent years, as they started Perry Simmons (RT), Laken Tomlinson (RG), Dave Harding (LG) and Takoby Cofield (RT) together in 18 straight games. Simmons, Tomlinson and Harding have started 28 o the past 30 games together. Duke's starting offensive linemen have a combined 128 starts, the most in the ACC. Simmons' 42 straight starts leads the ACC. Center Matt Skura is the only newcomer to the grope this year.

Virginia: Speaking of offensive lines, and upperclassmen ... the Cavaliers have actually gone the opposite way of Duke this season, using three freshmen on their offensive line this season, the most in the nation. Eric Smith started at right tackle last week against Ball State, making him the fourth true freshman in Virginia history to start at offensive tackle. The others are D'Brickashaw Ferguson (2002, LT), Brad Butler (2002, RT) and current starting left tackle Morgan Moses (2010, RT).

Maryland: Andre Monroe had a sack against Florida State, raising his season total to 3.5. The Terrapins are now the only team in the ACC and one of only three teams in the nation (Louisville, USC) to have three different players with at least three sacks on the season, Marcus Whitfield has 5.5 and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has three. Maryland's 18 sacks on the season are third in the ACC and and fourth nationally.

Syracuse: The Orange are making their ACC road debut this weekend at NC State. Their last conference road debut came at Pitt in 1991, when Syracuse beat the Panthers in its Big East debut, the first of six straight conference road wins the Orange had to start their Big East tenure. Conversely, the Wolfpack are 6-0 all-time against the Orange, most recently beating them 38-17 in 1998. Syracuse was ranked in the top-20 in each of the last two meetings.

NC State: The Wolfpack call it "Rushing Roulette," as they have had five different players lead them in rushing through their first five games. None of those players, however, have eclipsed the 100-yard mark. Matt Dayes (84) led NC State on the ground against Louisiana Tech, followed by Tony Creecy (56) against Richmond, Bryan Underwood (54) against Clemson, Shad Thornton (71) against Central Michigan and Pete Thomas (60) against Wake Forest.

Boston College: The Eagles have lost four of their last five meetings with Clemson, but there have been some key BC wins against the Tigers — notably, BC’s first ACC win in 2005, at Clemson. And in each of the next two years, BC beat ranked Clemson teams. Those BC wins all came before Dabo Swinney took over as Clemson’s head coach. The last time BC knocked off a team ranked third or higher in the AP Poll was 1993, when it beat No. 1 Notre Dame on the road on a last-second field goal. The win landed Boston College on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Since then, BC is 0-6 against teams ranked third or higher, though the Eagles did beat No. 4 Notre Dame 14-7 in 2002.

Clemson: Tajh Boyd continues to light it up and will look to follow up his performance last week against Syracuse when he threw for a school-record 455 yards. That broke his own record, which he set last season against Wake Forest, by 27 yards. This week he needs just 220 yards of total offense to pass Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton for second place on the ACC career total offense list.

Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech leads the FBS in rushing yards by the quarterback position (718), while BYU is second with 579 yards. But the Yellow Jackets' passing offense, never a strong suit since Paul Johnson became head coach, has been awful lately, even by program standards. During its last two games, Georgia Tech has completed just 30.2 percent of its throws, the nation's worst mark during that stretch, while averaging just 105 passing yards per game. They have tallied no passing touchdowns and four interceptions, with a total QBR of 30.9.

ACC's lunchtime links

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Scared?
The American Football Coaches Association announced 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Wednesday, the most ever in the award’s 22-year history.

The award recognizes college football players who have "made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities."

Here are the nominees from the ACC:
To be eligible, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.

A voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and media members will select 11 FBS players and 11 players from FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA to the 2013 Good Works Team. The team will be announced in September.

Weak and strong: Duke

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We move on in our series looking at the weakest and strongest positions on each team in the ACC with Duke.

Strongest position: Offensive line.

Duke leads the ACC with the most returning experience on the offensive line. For that reason, this group gets the nod over the returning specialists Ross Martin and Will Monday, who should be tops in the ACC this season. The four returning starters on the line have combined to start 104 games. Two were All-ACC honorable mention selections last season -- tackle Perry Simmons and guard Dave Harding. Guard Laken Tomlinson was a first-team freshman All-America in 2011. Given these returning starters, and the depth at running back, hopes are high that the Blue Devils can be consistently effective with their ground game this season. Last season, Duke’s top three running backs combined to rush for 1,401 yards on 283 attempts (4.95 average). The hope is for more in 2013.

Weakest position: Secondary.

The good news is All-ACC cornerback Ross Cockrell returns. The bad news? Not much in the way of proven or experienced players in the secondary. You have cornerback Garett Patterson, who has never started a game and played primarily on special teams. You have safety Jeremy Cash, who sat out 2012 after transferring from Ohio State. You have safety Corbin McCarthy, who had four tackles in two games in 2012 before season-ending shoulder surgery. And you have safety Dwayne Norman, who made 60 tackles as a freshman in 2012. Cockrell will be relied upon to provide a steady hand, especially early on, as the rest of the unit gains the experience it will need for the remainder of the season. If Duke wants to make improvements on its defense this year, the secondary has to grow up and fast.

For more on this series, click here.
Duke and Miami have the most returning experience on the offensive line in the ACC this year, according to the conference. The Blue Devils return four starters in tackles Perry Simmons and Tacoby Cofield, and guards Laken Tomlinson and Dave Harding, who have combined for a total of 100 starts.

Miami returns all five starters from last year’s team: tackles Seantrel Henderson and Malcolm Bunche, guards Jon Feliciano and Brandon Linder, and center Shane McDermott. They have combined for 97 starts. (Um, yeah, Duke Johnson is set for another great year).

Here's a look at what the rest of the league has returning up front, according to the ACC:


Ouch, Virginia Tech. The Hokies are trying to rejuvenate their offense under first-year coordinator Scot Loeffler, and they've got to do it with one of the least experienced offensive lines in the conference. There are plenty of veteran linemen in the Coastal Division, but few in Blacksburg.

The league's top veteran is actually at Duke, where Simmons is a three-year starter at tackle and leads all returning offensive linemen with 36 career starts.

Here's a look at the returning offensive linemen in the ACC with the most career starts:

1. Perry Simmons, Duke, Sr., Tackle: 36
2. James Hurst, North Carolina, Sr., Tackle: 35
3. Brandon Linder, G, Sr., Miami: 31
3. Morgan Moses, Virginia, Sr., Tackle: 31
5. Brian Stork, Florida State, Sr., Center: 28
6. Dave Harding, Duke, Sr., Guard: 26
7. Macky MacPherson, Syracuse, Sr., Center: 25
7. Luke Bowanko, Virginia, Sr., Center: 25
9. Laken Tomlinson, Duke, Jr., Guard: 24
9. Ray Beno, Georgia Tech, Sr., Center: 24
11. Ian White, Boston College, Sr., Guard: 23
12. Jon Feliciano, Miami, Jr., Guard: 22
One week from today, 11 of Duke's 16 offensive linemen and assistant strength coach Marcus Johnson will board a flight to Ethiopia. There, the group will do volunteer work for two weeks, working with kids in sports camps and drilling at least one freshwater well for a rural community.

Guard Dave Harding is the man behind the trip, as the redshirt junior spent many summers with his family in middle school and high school drilling wells in Ethiopia.

From GoDuke The Magazine:
"A lot of these guys have never left the country," says Harding, a junior who started nine games at center and left guard last year. "It will be good to get them over there. From a personal standpoint it will be exciting to see how everyone responds to it.

"We don't get the opportunity to do DukeEngage trips and study abroad, so this is our chance to do that and a chance to give back to the world community. And from a football standpoint, by taking this trip we are bound to grow as friends and get to know people better. Some of the upperclassmen don't see much of the underclassmen outside of practice, but when you go on a life-changing trip like this it makes you closer, so it's bound to have impacts on the field as well."

The idea for the upcoming trip came to Harding during a speech by new offensive line coach John Latina, who was urging the linemen to become the Blue Devils' most cohesive unit.
"That's the core reason for why the offensive linemen are going together, to bring us all closer together and create a stronger bond between us," says sophomore Laken Tomlinson, who started every game at guard last year.

"This group is pretty close. Our previous coach, Coach Luke, believed we should be one unit, and our new coach, Coach Latina, also believes that we should be the strongest bond on the field. This trip should definitely create a stronger bond between us, so I’m excited for that."

The trip will end May 16 and come during one of the few windows the players have at semester's end. With all the drilling they'll be doing, it'll hardly be a break from the offseason grind.

ACC injury reports: Week 9

October, 28, 2011
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Here are the latest injury reports from the schools that reported them:

BOSTON COLLEGE

Out
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DT Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DT Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
DT Dillon Quinn (shoulder)
OG Nate Richman (back)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (leg)
DE Dan Williams (leg)

Doubtful
DT Conor O’Neal (illness)

Questionable
WR Bobby Swigert (shoulder)

CLEMSON

Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
Spencer Benton, PK, shoulder
Tony Steward, LB, Knee

Questionable
Andre Ellington, RB, ankle
Note: D.J. Howard will start at running back.

DUKE

Probable
WR Brandon Braxton (head)
S Matt Daniels (leg)
OG Dave Harding (leg)
QB Sean Renfree (leg)

Questionable
DE Justin Foxx (leg)

Doubtful
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette

Out for season
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

Out
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
David Spurlock (knee)
Henry Orelus (head)
Moses McCray (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Willie Haulstead (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)

Doubtful
Rashad Greene (ankle)

Out for season
Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
Chris Thompson (back)

GEORGIA TECH

Out
Jay Finch, C
Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for season
Fred Holton, S
Jimmie Kitchen, DL
Lance Richardson, S

MARYLAND

Out for season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh
LB Kenny Tate

Out
WR Kevin Dorsey
OL Justin Gilbert
DB Jeremiah Johnson;

Doubtful
DL Justin Anderson

Questionable WR/PR Tony Logan
DL Andre Monroe

Probable
OL Max Garcia

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Sean Fitzpatrick, TE Concussion
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Matt Merletti, FS Knee
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee
Reggie Wilkins, WR Ankle

Questionable
Curtis Byrd, RB Knee
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle

Probable
Cam Holland, OC Back
Dwight Jones, WR Thigh
Kevin Reddick, LB Chest

NC STATE

Out for season
Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

Out
Brandon Pittman, LB - leg
Taylor Gentry, FB - foot
Jake Kahut, DE - knee
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Thomas Teal, DT - foot

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)
Bruce Taylor (foot)

Out
Mark Shuman (knee/ankle)
Alonzo Tweedy (ankle)

ACC injury reports: Week 8

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BOSTON COLLEGE

Out
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DT Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DL Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
RB Tahj Kimble (head)
DT Dillon Quinn (shoulder)

Probable
OG Nate Richman (back)

CLEMSON

Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
Spencer Benton, PK, shoulder
Tony Steward, LB, Knee

DUKE

Probable
WR Brandon Braxton (head)
S August Campbell (leg)

Questionable
C Dave Harding (leg)
C Brian Moore (arm)
WR Donovan Varner (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)

Out for season
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

Out
OT Andrew Datko (shoulder)
OG David Spurlock (knee)
OG Henry Orelus (head)
WR Willie Haulstead (head)
WR Josh Gehres (knee)
DT Darious Cummings (hand)
DT Moses McCray (knee)

Questionable
WR Rashad Greene (ankle)

Out for season
DT Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
RB Chris Thompson (back)

GEORGIA TECH

Probable
Jeremiah Attaochu, LB

Out

Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for the season

Fred Holton, S
Jimmie Kitchen, DL
Lance Richardson, S

MARYLAND

Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh

Out
DL Justin Anderson
WR Kevin Dorsey
OL Justin Gilbert
LB Shaquan Virgil

Doubtful
LB Demetrius Hartsfield
LB Kenny Tate

Questionable
DL Andre Monroe

Probable
OL Pete White

MIAMI

Out
Luther Robinson - Lower Extremity
Shayon Green - Lower Extremity
Curtis Porter - Upper Extremity
Rashawn Scott - Upper Extremity

Surgery/Out for the season
Marcus Forston - Lower Extremity
Ramon Buchanan - Lower Extremity
Cory White - Lower Extremity
Erik Lichter - Upper Extremity
Blake Ayles - Upper Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Curtis Byrd, FB Knee
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee

Questionable
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle

Probable
Giovani Bernard, TB Hip
A.J. Blue, TB Ankle
Erik Highsmith, WR Ankle
Cam Holland, C Back
Jonathan Smith, S Ankle

NC STATE

Out for the season
Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

Out
Taylor Gentry, FB - foot
Jake Kahut, DE - knee
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Thomas Teal, DT - foot
Curtis Underwood, HB - foot

Questionable
D.J. Green, LB - abdomen
J.R. Sweezy, DT - foot

VIRGINIA

Out
Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Diamonte Bailey (lower extremity)
Darius Lee (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder (lower extremity)
Joseph Williams (lower extremity)

Doubtful
Tim Cwalina (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell (lower extremity)

Questionable
Brian Oden (lower extremity)

Probable
Luke Bowanko (lower extremity)
Henry Coley (lower extremity)
Cam Johnson (lower extremity)
Jake McGee (lower extremity)
Clifton Richardson (lower extremity)
Michael Rocco (trunk)

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for the Season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)

Out
Eric Martin (shoulder)
Mark Shuman (knee/ankle)
David Wang (foot)

Doubtful
Jayron Hosley (hamstring)

WAKE FOREST

Probable
RB Josh Harris (leg)
TE Andrew Parker (ankle)
DT Tristan Dorty (ankle)
C Garrick Williams (ankle)
NT Duke Mosby (illness)

Out
NT Ramon Booi (knee)
DT John Gallagher (back)

Out for the season
OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
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Week 7 injury reports

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All 10 teams that are playing this weekend have released their injury reports for Week 7:

CLEMSON

OUT
DE Joe Gore (knee)
PK Spencer Benton (shoulder)

WILL PLAY
QB Tajh Boyd (hip)
LB Stephone Anthony (ankle)

DUKE

PROBABLE
DE Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo (leg)
DE Justin Foxx (leg)
C Dave Harding (leg)
RB Desmond Scott (leg)
RB Josh Snead (foot)
K Will Snyderwine (foot)

QUESTIONABLE
S Matt Daniels (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

DOUBTFUL
S August Campbell (leg)

OUT
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)
C Brian Moore (arm)

OUT FOR SEASON
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

OUT
Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
David Spurlock (knee)

QUESTIONABLE

Rashad Greene (ankle)

GEORGIA TECH

DOUBTFUL
LB Jeremiah Attaochu

OUT
K-P Chandler Anderson
OL Morgan Bailey
WR Tyler Morgan

OUT FOR SEASON
S Fred Holton
DL Jimmie Kitchen
S Lance Richardson

MARYLAND

OUT FOR SEASON
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh

OUT FOR GAME
DL Justin Anderson
OL Justin Gilbert
LB Demetrius Hartsfield
LB Garrett Lederman
DL Andre Monroe
LB Shaquan Virgil

DOUBTFUL
LB Kenny Tate

QUESTIONABLE
LB Darin Drakeford

PROBABLE
WR Marcus Leak

MIAMI

PROBABLE
Jalen Grimble (lower extremity)
Kacy Rodgers (lower extremity)
Adewale Ojomo (upper extremity)
Thurston Armbrister (upper extremity)
Davon Johnson (lower extremity)

OUT
Luther Robinson (lower extremity)
Shayon Green (lower extremity)
Curtis Porter (upper extremity)

SURGERY/OUT FOR SEASON
Marcus Forston (lower extremity)
Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity)
Cory White (lower extremity)
Erik Lichter (upper extremity)
Blake Ayles (upper extremity)

NORTH CAROLINA

OUT

OT Kiaro Holts (wrist)
FB Devon Ramsay (knee)

DOUBTFUL

PK Casey Barth (thigh)
C Cam Holland (back)

QUESTIONABLE

TB AJ Blue (ankle)
OT TJ Leifheit (ankle)
LB Kevin Reddick (ankle)
SS Jonathan Smith (ankle)

PROBABLE

WR Josh Adams (illness)

VIRGINIA

OUT
Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Vince Croce (medical)
Tim Cwalina (lower extremity)
Darius Lee (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)

QUESTIONABLE
Henry Coley (lower extremity)

VIRGINIA TECH

OUT FOR SEASON
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

OUT FOR GAME
James Gayle (ankle)
Eric Martin (shoulder)
David Wang (foot)

FULL
Jaymes Brooks (ankle)

WAKE FOREST

DOUBTFUL
RB Josh Harris (leg)

OUT
TE Neil Basford (knee)
DT John Gallagher (back)

OUT FOR THE YEAR
OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
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Summer summary: Duke

August, 23, 2011
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The series looking back at the highlights of summer camp for each team as we gear up for game week continues today with Duke:
  • Duke's main story of summer camp was the injury to veteran offensive lineman Brian Moore, who has been sidelined indefinitely with a fractured right arm. Moore started the past two seasons at right guard before making a successful transition to center this past spring. The injury resulted in the move of redshirt freshman Dave Harding from guard to center. Offensive line coach Matt Luke has been trying to figure out who the best five linemen are who can be ready for the season opener, and today's scrimmage could help answer that question.
  • The return of linebacker Kelby Brown has been critical for Duke's defense. Brown missed spring practices while recovering from knee surgery, and nobody within the program knew what to expect upon his return from a torn MCL and ACL, but Brown has looked ready to start and be a major contributor again.
  • Rick Petri’s work with the defensive line has been noticed. There’s a reason he’s had so much success everywhere he's been -- he's that good, and he's making the most of what he has to work with at Duke. This summer showed signs that Duke can put together a respectable performance up front.
Most notable injury: Aside from Moore, defensive end Kenny Anunike has missed a significant amount of camp with an ankle injury. His status is in question for the opener against Richmond.

ACC's lunchtime links

August, 17, 2011
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An abbreviated version today, guys. Kinda busy here at Miami ...

Duke's offensive line takes big hit

August, 14, 2011
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Duke redshirt junior center Brian Moore will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a fractured right arm during Friday’s practice, the school announced on Saturday.

This is a huge setback for the Blue Devils, as Moore could be one of the top linemen in the country, and if Duke is going to get to a bowl game, it needs its best players up front. Moore started the past two seasons at right guard before moving to center this spring. He was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy.

“We’re certainly disappointed for Brian because of how hard he’s worked and his dedication to the program,” coach David Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. “But, as we all know, injuries are part of the game of football and this creates opportunities for other young players.”

Redshirt junior Conor Irwin entered summer camp as Moore's backup. Redshirt sophomore Dave Harding, Duke’s returning starting left guard, and true freshman Matt Skura also will receive practice and scrimmage repetitions.

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Lex Butler and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Nick Sink are also sidelined indefinitely with leg injuries.

Duke practice notes

August, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Some news and notes for you from the Blue Devils' first practice, as reported by the sports information office:

In preparation for the 2009 season, the Duke football team opened practice on Thursday night at the Brooks Practice Facility on campus, much to the liking of second-year head coach David Cutcliffe.

"Last year we had 15 days of spring practice, and then it was like teaching them all over again," Cutcliffe said. "The difference is this year we were out there doing a lot of things on defense and a lot of things on offense with people in the right place mostly. It looked like real football on day one. Are there a lot of things we need to improve? Yes."

Cutcliffe noted his pleasure with Duke's tailback duo of Re'quan Boyette and Jay Hollingsworth. Boyette, who led the Blue Devils in rushing in both 2006 and 2007, returns to the gridiron for his fifth season of eligibility after missing last fall due to a knee injury. In helping replace the void left by Boyette's absence last year, Hollingsworth became the first true freshman at Duke since 1998 to lead the squad in rushing yards.

"Re'quan looked good; best he's looked since he was injured," Cutcliffe said. "He was full speed in the spring, but he's faster. He and Jay Hollingsworth caught my eye early at tailback."

Senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis was impressed with the Blue Devil defensive unit.

"The defense is looking good," Lewis said. "There were guys out there moving fast and making plays. I think they are more confident. I think we'll have some interesting practices every day."

As for Lewis, the Opa-Locka, Fla., native is scheduled to start under center for the fourth consecutive season.

"Thad has come a million miles," said Cutcliffe. "I think he's got some confidence. I never saw tonight him not knowing what to do with the football. He has so much courage and so much presence. Never, never doubt Thad Lewis' courage. He is a tough individual."

Cutcliffe announced that three Blue Devils -- redshirt senior nose guard Kinney Rucker, freshman offensive lineman Dave Harding and freshman safety Anthony Young-Wiseman -- are out of action indefinitely due to injury.

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