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Duke stands out with  its helmet statements

Duke stands out with its helmet statements

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke football opened the season with anything but a dink-and-dunk approach to addressing Black Lives Matters and social justice. Teams warming up in T-shirts sends a message, but as a statement it’s basically a dump-off pass. The Blue Devils took the field...

Poll vote for Duke reflects Notre Dame respect

Poll vote for Duke reflects Notre Dame respect

By TOM SHANAHAN Poll voting can be misleading. That’s true of both the Associated Press ballots cast by writers and the USA Today tallies from the coaches. In the past decade or so, Michigan has been the butt of overrated scoffs. The Wolverines brought it upon themselves with...

Duke can look further down road than year ago

Duke can look further down road than year ago

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke is again 0-1 after opening the season against a Top 10 team, but the similarities to 2019 stop with the record as the Blue Devils prepare for their home opener at noon Saturday against Boston College. Duke only stayed with No. 2 Alabama last season for...

Brice likes what he sees up front for first start

Brice likes what he sees up front for first start

By TOM SHANAHAN Chase Brice knows the look and presence of a ranked team’s offensive line. He played behind one the last two years as a Clemson backup on a 2018 national championship team and 2019 national runner-up. He’s aware Duke lacked such physicality to matchup in the...

Brice brings experience behind shuffled O line

Brice brings experience behind shuffled O line

By TOM SHANAHAN Now the question is if Duke’s offensive line can simulate Clemson’s standards for quarterback Chase Brice. Duke announced Brice, a Clemson graduate transfer, earned the starting job over weekend for Saturday’s opener at No. 10-ranked Notre Dame that has the...

Blue Devils are tapping into O Line versatility

Blue Devils are tapping into O Line versatility

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke is shuffling its experienced offensive line sooner than expected, but head coach David Cutcliffe was prepared for another reason. The COVID-19 pandemic forced him to recognize Plan Bs may be at a premium. In addition to the scourge of injuries, a player may...

Gilbert reflects on his long injury comeback

Gilbert reflects on his long injury comeback

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke’s Mark Gilbert believed he was on a “fast-track” to the NFL. He had good reason to after a breakout sophomore season, earning 2017 first-team All-ACC honors while leading all the league cornerbacks in votes. Then came an unexpected road block. Gilbert, now...

Coleman seizing moment before first basket

Coleman seizing moment before first basket

BY TOM SHANAHANHenry Coleman III is a Duke basketball freshmen just a few days into his first year of classwork and months from his college debut, but a campus rally confronting racial injustice and systemic racism wasn’t too big for his world awareness. He was among those who...

College football continues toward Wild West

College football continues toward Wild West

By TOM SHANAHAN Reports that the Big Ten is considering moving up its football season to starting Thanksgiving weekend was good reason to wonder if college football could get on the same page. Is there a chance for one national championship instead of fall and spring champions?...

Duke quarterback room is working together

Duke quarterback room is working together

By TOM SHANAHAN If chemistry in a quarterback room counts toward the starter’s performance -- and it can with the right players -- Duke has reason to feel good about the upcoming season. Chase Brice, Chris Katrenick and Gunnar Holmberg sound like they’re in step with each other....