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Duke, State, UNC football notes

Duke
Duke S Jeremy Cash (Miami, Fla.) is one of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, an honor presented to the nation’s top defensive back.

A second team All-America pick last year, Cash has compiled 63 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two INTs, three caused fumbles, four PBUs, four QB pressures and one fumble recovery.

In the ACC, Cash ranks first in caused fumbles per game (0.43), tied for fourth in interceptions per game (0.29) and fifth in tackles per game (9.0).

The Blue Devils take on Pittsburgh Saturday. “We have a huge challenge in Pittsburgh, who I think is as physical a team as anybody we’ll see,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “An extremely well-coached football team. They don’t make mistakes very often. I know they had a unique circumstance last week. Sometimes that happens to us all.

“But this is a Pitt team that is, as I said, well-coached, strong, physical, good on both sides of the ball, and the kicking game. So a huge November challenge for us.”

UNC
North Carolina QB Marquise Williams (Charlotte) is one of five players in the country leading his team in both passing yards and rushing yards. He ranks second in the ACC and 15th in the country in total offense, averaging 316.5 total yards per game.

Williams is tied for fifth at UNC in career touchdown passes with 33 and he owns the school record for most career rushing TDs (14) by a quarterback at UNC.

The weekly news conference turned humorous as UNC coach Larry Fedora talked about playing at Miami.

Media Question: I know a lot of fans are talking about how Miami is favored by 16, 17 points. Is that something you use in the locker room to motivate your players, use the underdog notion coming into the game?

COACH FEDORA: How much are they favored by?
Q. 17, last time I saw it.

COACH FEDORA: I haven’t used that, but I got plenty of things to use. We got plenty of things going against us in a lot of different areas. So, yeah, I’ll just throw that in the hat, too. That will be good. I appreciate that.

Q. Glad I could help.

COACH FEDORA: Any time (smiling).

NC Statedukestateunc2
Seven different true freshmen have earned starts for NC State in 2014–the fourth-highest total in the FBS. A total of four newcomers earned starting nods last time out in the game at Louisville, including three on defense.

True freshman WR Bo Hines (Charlotte) has started five contests for the Pack, offensive guard Tony Adams (Charlotte) has started four and LB Airius Moore (Beavercreek, Ohio), S Germaine Pratt (High Point), DT B.J. Hill (Oakboro), TE Cole Cook (Carrollton, Ga.) and WR Stephen Louis (West Palm Beach,Fla.) have each started once. Only Tulane (12), Tennessee (8) and Southern California (8) have had more freshmen starters.

The Wolfpack takes on Syracuse Saturday. “Excited to be back in a game week. Definitely had a good bye,” NCSU coach Dave Doeren. “Got a lot of guys some rest that needed it. Were able to focus on some fundamentals, really get down to
some needed self-scout on all three phases of our team, and also focus on some recruiting things that we needed to do. So it was a good week I think mentally and physically for the staff and the players.”

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State, Carolina men’s soccer close out regular season on TV

ncstatesoccerThe final weekend of the regular season will see three division match-ups on Friday and three on Saturday.

On Friday, NC State (7-5-4) visits Clemson in a game televised on the league’s Regional Sports Networks and ESPN3, Boston College is at No. 3/7 Syracuse, and Duke is in Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech.

Saturday’s three games will feature five ranked teams with No. 6/3 North Carolina (12-4) hosting No. 21/25 Virginia (ESPN3), No. 5/11 Notre Dame at Pitt, and #22/9 Louisville at No. -/22 Wake Forest.

The bracket for the 2014 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, which gets under way on Nov. 5, will be announced following the conclusion of Saturday’s games.

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ACC preseason media poll predictably picks Duke first, UNC second

Duke's Jahlil Okafor.

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.

The ACC media predictions are pretty predictable. Duke will enter the 2014-15 season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, according to a vote of media in attendance at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball.” North Carolina is picked second and new member Louisville is third.

NC State is 9th in the 15-member league. UNC’s Marcus Paige was chosen as the preseason player of the year while Duke newcomer 6-foot-11 Jahlil Okafor was chosen as freshman of the year.

The Blue Devils, who return guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, along with starting forward Amile Jefferson from last year’s team that finished 26-9 and tied for third place in the final ACC regular-season standings, received 41 of 65 first-place votes in Wednesday’s preseason poll. In addition to the solid group of veterans, the Blue Devils boast a talented cast of newcomers that includes Okafor.

North Carolina (12 first-place votes) finished second in the voting, followed by ACC newcomer Louisville (three first-place votes), defending ACC champion Virginia (seven first-place votes) and Syracuse (two first-place votes). Each of those four teams has joined Duke in most preseason Top 25 national rankings.

ACC preseason voters selected Pitt sixth, followed by Notre Dame, Florida State and NC State. Miami was picked 10th, while Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Virginia Tech completed the voting.

Again, North Carolina junior guard Marcus Paige, who averaged 17.5 points per game and led the ACC in free-throw percentage (.911) last season, received the nod as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. The Marion, Iowa, native received 33 votes in the Player of the Year balloting. Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell placed second with 16 votes. Duke’s Okafor, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound post player from Chicago, was the overwhelming choice as ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year on 62 of the 65 ballots cast.

Okafor also received 15 ACC Preseason Player of the Year votes, while Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon received one.

Paige, Harrell, Okafor, Brogdon and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant were selected as the Preseason All-ACC Team.

Duke was picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 15th time in the 46-year history of the poll, and the 14th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils were also tabbed as the favorite prior to last season.

The regular season begins for all 15 ACC teams the weekend of Nov. 14-16. In addition to an 18-game regular-season conference schedule, the 62nd annual ACC Tournament will again consist of 14 games and will be played from Tuesday through Saturday (March 10-14) at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. This season’s ACC Tournament championship game will be the first since 1981 played in prime time on a Saturday night.

ACC Operation Basketball 2014-15 Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Team & Points
1. Duke (41): 935

2. North Carolina (12): 870

3. Louisville (3): 847

4. Virginia: 824 (7)

5. Syracuse: 706 (2)

6. Pitt: 592

7. Notre Dame: 515

8. Florida State: 506

9. NC State: 478

10. Miami: 442

11. Clemson: 330

12. Wake Forest: 221

13. Georgia Tech: 195

14. Boston College: 184

15. Virginia Tech: 155

2014-15 Preseason All-ACC Team

(votes in parenthesis)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (63)
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (58)
Jahlil Okafor, Duke (57)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (55)
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (24)

ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Marcus Paige, North Carolina

ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Jahlil Okafor, Duke

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Tuesday ACC football coaches’ quotes

dukestateunc2UNC is dealing with another strong offensive performance that still resulted in a loss. NC State is dealing with players who took part in some inappropriate BB gun incident. And Duke is coming off a big win over favored Georgia Tech and will be favored at home over an improving Virginia team.

UNC Coach Larry Fedora said:
After evaluating the film on Sunday and really breaking it down we found that there’s some good things and some bad things in all three phases of the game, as usual. But there were many bright spots, there were some good things that we were able to take from this game and hopefully we’ll be able to grow on and we’ll be a better football team because of it. We’re excited about coming home and playing in front of our fans again. We’re taking on a very good Georgia Tech football team that totally makes you stop everything that you’re doing on defense and change to prep are for the triple option attack.

NC State coach Dave Doeren said:
I believe in holding guys accountable and treating them fairly and helping them learn from their mistakes, and keep building our program in the right way. I love the kids on our football team and I believe that my job is part coach, part mentor, part father and part disciplinarian, all those parts are important. It’s a new week, new opportunity. It’s an opportunity to play a very good team (Louisville) on the road. It’s a new opportunity for some guys to step into a little more playing time in certain positions. It’s an opportunity for our leaders to be stronger leaders, and an opportunity for our young guys to try and play as old as possible. I think in today’s times that its really important to learn and face problems and face up for what they are, handle it and help young men become better young men.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said:
Obviously, every week is going to be a big week. Getting to play back-to-back and then having an open date, hopefully we can continue our focus to play a very good Virginia team that could very easily be undefeated if you watch them on tape. They’ve really played well all year. They do outstanding things in all three phases.

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Duke’s Cash, UNC’s Williams receive weekly ACC honors

Jeremy Cash.

Jeremy Cash.

North Carolina junior quarterback Marquise Williams received the nod as ACC Offensive Back of the Week while Duke junior safety Jeremy Cash was recognized as the ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Williams accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, one rushing, one receiving) in the Tar Heels’ 50-43 loss at sixth-ranked Notre Dame. He became the first ACC player since 2000 to throw a TD pass and record TDs running and receiving in the same game twice in a career.

Williams finished 24-of-41 passing for 303 yards and rushed for a career-high 132 yards on 18 carries to become the first player in school history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game.

Williams played the entire game, leading the Tar Heels to 521 yards of total offense.

North Carolina’s 43 points are the most Notre Dame has ever surrendered in a win and came against the nation’s No. 3-ranked scoring defense.

The Tar Heels’ 521 total yards are the most allowed by Notre Dame since Alabama had 529 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

Cash came up with two second-half takeaways that led to 14 Duke points in the Blue Devils’ 31-25 road win at previously unbeaten and 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech. His fumble recovery jump-started a nine-play, 46-yard touchdown drive that gave Duke a 21-12 lead.

Cash then intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards to set up a three-play, 23-yard march for another touchdown that put the Blue Devils in front 31-12. Cash also broke up a pass on a Georgia Tech two-point PAT attempt with 5:04 remaining in the game, leaving Duke with a 31-18 lead.

He finished with seven tackles and broke up another pass in addition to the one on the PAT attempt. His effort led a Duke defense that held the Yellow Jackets to 9.6 points below their season average and forced three turnovers. Georgia Tech had committed a total of just four turnovers in its five previous games.

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ACC Council of Presidents set forth initial priorities balancing academics, athletics

Donna Shalala.

Donna Shalala.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is submitting its initial priorities as part of the new autonomy structure that will help every student-athlete better achieve the kind of rewarding experience they deserve as part of the collegiate model. The priorities are being sent forward to the NCAA by the October 1 deadline.

Each of the priorities builds upon the ACC’s overall mission to emphasize both academic excellence and athletic competitiveness, seeking to maximize the educational and athletic opportunities of its student-athletes while enriching their quality of life.

“The ACC has consistently been a leader in appropriately balancing academics and athletics,” said Donna Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami. “The list of priorities that we are submitting to the NCAA reflects our determination to continue improving our student-athletes’ experience as an integral part of the educational missions of our world-class universities.”

“The collegiate model is a very special part of this country’s educational system and culture, and we believe the priorities set forth continue to focus on the importance of better addressing the needs of our student-athletes,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The work that’s been done by our membership and now sent forth by the Council of Presidents shows a commitment to highlighting a more effective structure where these benefits can be realized.”

The Council’s priorities are a principled and disciplined approach to reform with a continued commitment to both male and female student-athletes and our broad-based programs.

The initial priorities being sent forward by the ACC include:

· Examination of scholarship protections for student-athletes;

· Meeting a student-athlete’s cost of attendance;

· Ensuring institutional flexibility to provide educational support for former student-athletes;

· Examination of career-related insurance options for student-athletes; and

· Ensuring that nutritional needs of student-athletes are met in a reasonable way.

Additional topics were also identified for further discussion and possible inclusion within future legislative cycles. These topics include, but are not limited to, exploring the time demands on student-athletes and safeguarding the right of student-athletes to enjoy the full educational opportunities and benefits available to other students.

The Council previously charged three subcommittees to evaluate the new NCAA autonomy topics relative to three subsets of student-athletes (prospective, current and former). Each subcommittee was chaired by a President and included a broad-based group of university practitioners that have expertise in the topics within each respective subcommittee. All 15 member institutions were represented between the three subcommittees. Following this work, the league’s 5-5-5 committee on autonomy reviewed the recommendations, which were then forwarded to the Council of Presidents.

- News release

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Duke’s Sklar honored with volleyball player of the week award

Emily Sklar.

Emily Sklar.

Duke junior outside hitter Emily Sklar and Miami freshman setter Haley Templeton have earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball honors, as Sklar was named Player of the Week and Templeton was tabbed Freshman of the Week.

Duke’s Sklar led the Blue Devils to two ACC wins to start the conference schedule. Sklar amassed 34 kills over Duke’s two matches, averaging 4.86 kills per set while hitting an impressive .386. Friday against Georgia Tech, Sklar knocked down a match-high 18 kills on .357 hitting. She followed that performance with 16 kills, hitting a blistering .429 to lead all players Sunday versus Miami. Sklar picked up eight digs in both contests to help a Blue Devil defense which limited their opponents to a combined .190 hitting percentage on the weekend.

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State’s Brissett, Duke’s Cash among ACC weekly award winners

Jacoby Brissett.

Jacoby Brissett.

Clemson, Florida State and NC State each saw two student-athletes recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week following their performances in Saturday’s league games.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was named the ACC Co-Offensive Back of the Week and the ACC Rookie of the Week for after leading Saturday night’s 50-35 win over North Carolina. Tiger punter Bradley Pinion was tabbed as the ACC Co-Specialist of the Week.

FSU’s Rashad Greene was recognized as the ACC Receiver of the Week for the third time this season, and Seminole offensive guard Tre’ Jackson was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following Saturday’s come-from-behind, 56-41 Atlantic Division victory at NC State.

NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett joined Watson as the ACC Co-Offensive Back of the Week, and the Wolfpack’s Jerod Fernandez earned ACC Linebacker of the Week recognition.

Wake Forest junior Tylor Harris picked up ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Syracuse’s Durell Eskridge and Duke’s Jeremy Cash were named ACC Co-Defensive Backs of the Week, and Miami punter Justin Vogel was named ACC Co-Specialist of the Week.

FSU’s Greene was honored as ACC Receiver of the Week for the second week in a row. Clemson’s Watson, who was also recognized as the National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports, has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week each of the past two weeks.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK, ROOKIE – Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Fr., QB, 6-3, 200, Gainesville, Ga.

Watson completed 27 of 36 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns in Clemson’s 50-35 win over North Carolina. Watson set a program record and tied an ACC mark for touchdown passes in a game. His 435 passing yards were just 21 short of the Clemson single game record, the most by a Clemson freshman and the second most by an ACC quarterback in his first career start. Watson also rushed for 28 yards, giving him 463 yards of total offense, the fourth highest total in Clemson history. Only Woody Dantzler and Tajh Boyd have recorded more total offensive yards in a single game in Clemson history.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK – Jacoby Brissett, NC State, Jr-r., QB, 6-4, 236, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Brissett threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in NC State’s 56-41 loss to No. 1 Florida State and also ran for another 38 yards. Brissett’s second touchdown pass came after he eluded what appeared to be two certain sacks and earned “Top 10 play” status on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Brissett has now thrown 156 passes without an interception and leads the ACC with 13 touchdown passes.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State, OG, 6-4, 330, Jesup, Ga.

Jackson graded out to the highest mark by a Seminole lineman this season (92 percent) in Saturday’s 56-41 victory at NC State. Jackson paved the way for an FSU offense that set season highs in total offense (531) and touchdowns (8) and had its first 100-yard rusher of the season (Karlos Williams, 126 yards).

RECEIVER – Rashad Greene, Florida State, Sr., WR, 6-0, 180, Albany, Ga.

Greene led Florida State to a 56-41 victory at NC State by grabbing 11 receptions for 125 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Greene helped the Seminoles erase a 17-point first quarter deficit and remains the ACC’s leader in receptions (35), receiving yards (543) and yards per game (135.8). He is just seven catches away from becoming Florida State’s all-time leader in receptions.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Tylor Harris, Wake Forest, Jr. NT, 6-4, 285. Baton Rouge, La.

Harris recovered three fumbles, including one for a touchdown in Wake Forest’s 20-10 loss at Louisville. Harris’ three fumble recoveries are the most by an FBS player in a single game since at least 2000. His second fumble recovery came in the first quarter and set up a field goal that gave Wake Forest a 3-0 lead. Midway through the third quarter, Harris broke through the line, stripped QB Reggie Bonnafon of the ball and then recovered it himself in the end zone for a touchdown. The score put the Deacons in front 10-7. Harris finished the game with four total tackles (one solo and three assists) in addition to the sack and forced fumble.

LINEBACKER – Jerod Fernandez, NC State, Fr.-r, MLB, 6-1, 231, Lake Mary, Fla.

Fernandez intercepted two passes in Saturday’s game against top-ranked Florida State, leading to 10 Wolfpack points. Fernandez also broke up a third pass and had a half-tackle for loss. He finished the day with four tackles on 53 snaps.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, Jr., FS, 6-3, 203, Miami, Fla.

Eskridge posted a season-high nine tackles and contributed two takeaways, including a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown, against eighth-ranked Notre Dame. With Syracuse trailing 21-3 in the third quarter and the Irish at the Orange 32-yard line, Eskridge pounced on a fumble to thwart the potential scoring drive. Two possessions later, Eskridge intercepted on the Irish 29 and returned the pick back for Syracuse’s second touchdown in the 31-15 loss. It was the fifth interception of Eskridge’s career and his first of the season. It marked the first interception return for a touchdown by a Syracuse defender since the 2012 regular-season finale at Temple.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.-r, S, 6-2, 205, Miami, Fla.

Cash posted a game-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss, while creating two turnovers on forced fumbles in Saturday night’s 22-10 loss at Miami. Cash also applied two quarterback pressures and broke up a pass. Cash spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort, which limited the Hurricanes to 9.5 fewer points than their average entering the game and 19.0 points below their scoring average in home games. Cash and the Blue Devils limited Miami to 2-of-13 (.154) on third down conversions

CO-SPECIALIST – Justin Vogel, Miami, So., P, 6-4, 210, Tampa, Fla.

Vogel had eight punts for 347 yards for an average of 43.4 yards per punt in Saturday night’s 22-10 win over Duke. Vogel dropped three punts inside the 20-yard line and tied a season best with a 56-yard boot.

CO-SPECIALIST – Bradley Pinion, Clemson, Jr., P, 6-6, 230, Concord, N.C.

Pinion had five punts for an average of 46.6 yards and placed three punts inside the 20 to help the Tigers to a 50-35 win over North Carolina. Pinion’s net average of 42.2 yards came against a North Carolina team that has had five punt returns for touchdowns over the last two years. Pinion also handled nine kickoffs and had four touchbacks on those attempts. North Carolina’s average start after a kickoff was its own 23.

- News release

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Cutcliffe news conference: Duke faces huge test vs. Miami

David Cutcliffe.

David Cutcliffe.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils will have to play their best to have an opportunity to win at Miami.

“Obviously this is our biggest test of the year, an extremely talented Miami team,” Cutcliffe said. “I’ve been really impressed with them on both sides of the ball.”

He pointed to lots of weapons on offense bolster by their strongsuit, the offensive line. He said the defense has strength, power and speed.

Q. I wanted to go into Coach Golden talked about Anthony Boone and what he’s meant for your team and preparing for him. What can you say on your side of that, what you’ve seen out of him and his growth and obviously a 4-0 start for you, but what can you say about Boone and how he’s led the offense this season?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Well, for two years he’s got a tremendous winning record as a starter. Anthony is multitalented, obviously. He is a guy that knows what he’s doing and why he’s doing it, and that’s a talent, that he has got great understanding of our offensive system. He also can run it and throw it, and he’s — one of the things I like about Anthony, he is one of those guys if he has a bad series or a bad play, he can put it behind him generally very quickly. He’s got a good temperament to be a quarterback.

Q. And then as far as your defense, what have you seen out of them that you think going into this game, obviously you’ve held everyone that you’ve played under 14 points outside of Troy, who scored 17. So defensively what can you say you really think is going well going into this game that you’ve been able to be so successful and minimizing the offensive opportunities against you?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: I think we’ve done a good job, our defense, of 11 players complementing each other, playing extremely hard. We’ve had better pass rush. We’ve had better coverage. Sometimes the coverage helps us apply pressure, sometimes the pressure helps the coverage have opportunities to take the ball away. We’ve been very opportunistic on defense. We’ve gotten key turnovers at key points. It’s the best we’ve been since we’ve been here at this point of the season at defending explosive plays. We’ve got to hope we can do that again. This Miami team is so full of weapons, and maybe as I said a little while ago, the best weapon is the offensive front. They’re very difficult to defend, so this will be a huge challenge for us.

Q. You guys have put up a lot of points on Miami the last few years. What’s going to be the key to being that productive again this week?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Well, we have to be able to remain balanced against them. If we can’t run it, or the flipside of that, if all we can do is run it a little bit and can’t throw and catch it, we’ll be in trouble. I think the biggest key with Miami and the type of athletes they have is for us to be able to have some semblance of balance where they are not as easily able to predict what we’re going to do out of what formation. I think balanced run and pass is going to be critical going into this. The other part of it is with them, they’re so fast and they’re big hitters, so you’ve got to do a great job of taking care of the football. We can’t put the ball on the ground or throw it to them.

Q. I wanted to ask a little bit about what Mark mentioned, the fact that y’all have had so much success against them the last two years, I think it’s 93 points in the two games. How much of that is you’ve been able to scheme them, and how much of it is you’ve been able to match up with them physically?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Well, we’re better physically, and I think you watch us regularly, so you know that. We have some weapons ourselves now on offense, and we’ve had good plans. But I think it’s a matter of matching up a little better probably for the most part, and then we have been able to execute. Even if you match up, if you’re not executing at a high level, things aren’t going to go well. We’ve been able to get the ball in the end zone. Again, nothing is ever easy in this league, and certainly not with them, so I think the premium is a better match-up but probably more so than scheme, the premium on our execution has been excellent against them.

Q. The other thing I wanted to ask is your reputation has always been as a quarterback guru, and your teams have been very successful throwing the ball. This year’s team is running for more than it’s passing, and that’s kind of been a trend the last couple years, to shore up the running game. Is that something you want to do for a — have you aimed at it in your program, or …
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Absolutely. A good running game is like having a dominating defense. It means — when I’ve been on teams that had dominating defenses, you know going in you’ve got a chance to win every game you play. You’re going to be in it. If you can run the football and run it effectively against the best people you play, you’ve got a chance. When I was at Tennessee and early on running the offense back long, long ago, we made a commitment to — we figured the only way we were going to win in the Southeastern Conference was to run the football against the best teams we played, so we started designing our offense to take on the best team that we were going to see, and that doesn’t always work, it’s not always easy, but I still think it’s your best approach, and it’s a consistent way to move the football and keep the ball, so it helps you in a number of ways to win games.

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Duke’s Cofield named ACC lineman of the week

Takoby Cofield.

Takoby Cofield.

Duke’s Takoby Cofield has been named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Cofield, a 6-4, 310-pound senior from Tarboro, helped lead the way for a Duke offense which totaled 437 yards on just 70 snaps – a 6.2 yards per play average – in Saturday’s 47-13 win over visiting Tulane.

The Blue Devils’ balanced offensive day included 256 rushing yards and 181 passing yards. Takoby and his fellow offensive linemen opened holes for a rushing attack that averaged 6.1 yards per attempt and had four different players score a rushing touchdown.

- From news release