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    Duke football notes, 12-17-14

    Cut said practices have been short, with an emphasis on efficiency. Duke will have some physical, tackle-to-the-ground-practices. The emphasis is on keeping the team “fresh and interested.”

    Since this is Duke’s third consecutive bowl game, virtually everyone playing has done this before and the transition has been smooth. Exams are over, then dorms are closed and everybody else has gone home. Lots of time to concentrate on football, lots of time to look at film.

    Some players are staying at area motels, some already live off campus, others are crashing with teammates living off campus.

    Duke has been giving more attention to deep-in-the-depth-chart reserves in practice. True freshman Jonathan Lloyd is practicing for the first time, playing cornerback. He won’t play against ASU of course, preserving his redshirt.

    That said, Duke has not made any position changes for the Sun Bowl and Cut says the emphasis is on winning the game not doing 2015 stuff.

    Arizona State blitzes with some regularity. I asked center Matt Skura about that.

    “We’ve been working on that all week. It’s about 80 percent of the time they’re blitzing. It looks like I’ll be making a lot of the calls as far as saying which guys we’re responsible for. The biggest thing we’ve been doing is trying to stop guys when they’re stunting . . . not letting guys push us around. . . continuing to know what they like to do on defense."

    Cut says ASU’s blitz is different from that of Virginia Tech-which hurt Duke—and Duke will have to both make some schematic changes and execute better.

    Of course, blitzing that much is high-risk, high-reward. Skura says that Duke offensive line coach John Latina has been telling his linemen that Duke can take advantage.

    “Once we get past the linebacker level, there aren’t any safeties coming down to make the plays. So, if we’re able to handle our business up front, we really should be able to spring those big runs. But it’s going to take a lot of concentration, a lot of execution.”

    ASU tends to play man-to-man. Pick up the blitz and guys like Jamison Crowder are running around in the secondary. Crowder says the key is to “know that I can get off my jam and make sure my routes are crisp.”

    He was smiling when he said that.

    Speaking of Crowder, Cut said he wouldn’t trade him for “anyone I’ve ever had."

    Laken Tomlinson was named first-team All-America by AP earlier this week, the first Duke player so honored since Clarkston Hines in 1989. “I couldn’t be any more proud,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s grown into quite a man.”

    Cut added that All-America honors don’t happen without contributions from a lot of people. He considers them team awards.

    Jeremy Cash? Neither party “in any real hurry” on his decision to leave or stay.

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    Great report as always, Jim. These are a real service to all of us. Deepest thanks.

    I heard K talk about all of the MBB players having to move out of the dorms too. Do all schools do this (or required to do this), or is this just a Duke thing that we can't find some on-campus room for players during breaks? I must admit my college days are far behind, so I don't recall if this was the rule when I was there or not.
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    AB has to be sharp for us to have a chance. He is going to have to be sharp on his reads and getting rid of the ball quickly and acurately. While I know that can be said to be key against any blitz, AB struggled against blitzes over the last month of the season.

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    It was definitely the rule when I was there in 96-00. I was glad to have a ground floor room in House P one year and was able to go in and out of the window for a few hours after card access was turned off. Not sure why they did that when there was a basketball game to go to! And there was another year when we went for a ski trip and got back late at night only to find that we were locked out - had to sleep in the car. I think they had a few special rooms for international students who weren't able to go home for the break.

    Anyways, back on topic, what's the injury report look like?

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    An interesting espn article on how Duke's team has been forged through personal adversity:

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/...bonded-tragedy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post

    That said, Duke has not made any position changes for the Sun Bowl and Cut says the emphasis is on winning the game not doing 2015 stuff.
    Thanks for the report Jim. There are several important pieces of information in your post with the one above standing out to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Green View Post
    Thanks for the report Jim. There are several important pieces of information in your post with the one above standing out to me.
    Both Cut and Az. St.'s coach have emphasized how important it would be to get that tenth win. Hell, I was at a meeting with the president of UGA earlier in the week and he said the same thing. (Of course, his was in regard to Mark Richt's status -- perhaps a bit of a different message there).
    “That’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnb View Post
    An interesting espn article on how Duke's team has been forged through personal adversity:

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/...bonded-tragedy
    Good article -- I had been wondering about Blair Holliday. Glad to know that he is still in school and connected to the program.

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