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A Cursory Glance at the Duke Blue Devils


Insert "blue balls" joke here...

What can one say about Duke football that doesn't involve the words "suck," "craptacular," or "why do they even have a football program?"  Not a whole lot.  The Blue Devils are over a decade removed from their last winning season, and current head coach Ted Roof is 5-22 since taking over in 2003.

Duke stands at 0-4 this season, including three shut outs and a loss to D-1AA Richmond.  They've been outscored 100-13 by their four opponents, and are the perfect patsy for a struggling Alabama offense.

On Offense:

Appropriately enough the Blue Devils have managed 666 yards passing so far, and only 150 yards (on 146 attempts) rushing compared to 1,168 passing and 679 rushing for the Tide.  QB Thaddeus Lewis is at 49 of 87 (56.3%) for 584 yards, 1 TD, and 3 interceptions.  His sole touchdown of the season came in week 2 against Wake Forest on a 47 yard pass play to WR Jomar Wright.  Wright (13 catches for 161 yds and 1 TD) combines with wide outs Eron Riley (11 for 161) and Raphael Chestnut (16 for 162) as the best offensive threats the Blue Devils can put on the field.  On the ground, RB Tielor Robinson is second in total yardage behind Justin Boyle (69 yds, 31 carries, 2.2 ypc) but looks like the bigger threat with 58 yards on 12 carries (4.8 ypc).

On Defense:

After 4 games, the Blue Devils ranks 40th in total defense, yielding a 4.99 yds per play average, 297 yds per game, and 13 TDS, 80th in scoring defense (giving up 25 pts per game), 74th in passing defense, and a surprisingly stout 25th in rushing defense, allowing an average of only 2.72 yds per carry.