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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 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...

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?...

Holmberg putting in the work with every throw

Holmberg putting in the work with every throw

By TOM SHANAHANIf anyone thought the Duke quarterback was over with Saturday’s scrimmage, think again. Chase Brice put up bigger numbers than Gunnar Holmberg and Chris Katrenick, but Holmberg was made available to the media Tuesday in a Zoom session.His competitive spirit...

Brice puts up some numbers in scrimmage

Brice puts up some numbers in scrimmage

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke football David Cutcliffe coach speaks optimistically about his returning talent each time he unmasks from practice and speaks before a Zoom camera. He likes the growth of his offense line, the experience of offensive backfield, the budding talent of his...

Clemson QB transfer having to work way to top

Clemson QB transfer having to work way to top

By TOM SHANAHAN On the scale of Duke football mysteries – 10 being the toughest to speculate and 1 the easiest – the question about whether there will be a season in 2020 ranks a 10. Identifying the quarterback rates a 1. Well, at least that’s been the fan and media speculation...

College football national titles back to  future

College football national titles back to future

By TOM SHANAHAN Crowning a college football national champion appears headed “Back to the Future.” Duke coach David Cutcliffe was asked during a Zoom interview following Friday’s practice if college football can have a national champion with some conferences playing in the fall...