With the 2019 season proper across the nook, The Chronicle breaks down every of the 8 primary place teams: quarterbacks, operating backs, receivers and tight ends, offensive line, defensive position, defensive backs, linebackers and consultants.
Even if the Blue Devils’ cross sport figures to take a number of steps again this 12 months, their backfield turns out as secure as ever. Redshirt junior Brittain Brown has totally recovered from a slew of accidents that derailed his 2018 season, whilst junior Deon Jackson continues to construct on his greater revel in within the backfield. The duo may even function mentors to the following era of flashy Duke operating backs.
Key avid gamers misplaced: None
Duke’s strong of backs is remarkably strong. The crew’s best 3 operating backs—Jackson, Brown and Marvin Hubbard III—all go back, even though the latter of the 3 is out indefinitely following surgical procedure for a ruptured Achilles. It is very important observe that former Blue Satan quarterback Daniel Jones was once the crew’s third-leading rusher final season however shall be unavailable this 12 months, having been whisked away to play for the New York Giants.
Projected starters: Deon Jackson and Brittain Brown
Even if Jackson is first at the intensity chart, head trainer David Cutcliffe’s offense will most likely characteristic heavy doses of either one of his skilled backs. As Brown nursed accidents all through key video games final 12 months, Jackson stepped as much as the plate for Duke, operating for 847 yards on 5.three yards in keeping with rush. Preseason All-ACC honors as an all-purpose again awaited him.
Brown turns out able to punch extra holes in ACC defenses. Whilst his damage historical past would possibly hang-out him, the Canton, Ga. local possesses the talents and reliability of a veteran operating again—characteristics the Blue Devils want desperately with relative newcomer Quentin Harris below middle. Brown’s use in tandem with Jackson stays murky.
Darkish horse: Jordan Waters
Brown’s go back to shape inspired on the Blue Devils’ first scrimmage again in early August, however the freshman Waters additionally made slightly the splash. The No. 121-ranked receiver in his magnificence, in step with ESPN, deliberate on taking part in protection for Duke however seemed spectacular as a ballcarrier within the first handful of practices. Cutcliffe mentioned the Fairmont product is “by no means going again” to protection. Waters simply could be the burgeoning celebrity the Blue Devils want to spark their offense.
The Blue Zone has already previewed Duke’s consultants and quarterbacks. Come again the next day as we ruin down Duke’s extensive receivers and tight ends.
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