McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation
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McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

Duke senior wide receiver's family represents both academically elite schools

Photo: Max McCaffrey gains yardage after the catch against Georgia Tech.

Duke football’s upswing continues climbing toward the Stanford bar of national respect for elite academics and winning football. What the Blue Devils need next is a longer run that translates into preseason national rankings they failed to attract in 2015.

“Internally, I think we’re looking great,” senior wide receiver Max McCaffrey told the media as fall camp opened. “I don’t look too much into projections and rankings. We’re out here every day. We know what’s going on out here. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."