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Audio Analysis: Duke-Virginia

As always, Ben Cohen and Matthew Iles met to discuss Duke’s 31-3 ACC win over Virginia Saturday. Some key points to the discussion: the stalwart performance of the defense, the emerging of freshman running back Jay Hollingsworth, the future of Duke’s running backs and a different type of game from quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

You might notice the sound quality is better for this episode. Tip of the hat to Sports Blog reader Dan Romero, who introduced us to another sound studio on campus. The rest of our recordings will be up to this standard.


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Football Captains Announced

The votes are in, and the results are hardly surprising.

The Blue Devil players picked running back Re’quan Boyette, tight end Tielor Robinson, and linebackers Michael Tauillili and Vincent Rey to captain their 2008 campaign.

Boyette, who injured his knee last week and is out indefinitely, led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Before he was hurt, Boyette was expected by head coach David Cutcliffe to be a major force on the offensive side of the ball. Although it’s still unknown when, or if, Boyette will return to the field, it’s clear his presence in the locker room is still as strong as ever.

Tauillili and Rey anchor a strong linebacking corps and should lead the defense with their speed, strength and leadership this season. Tauillili is the ACC’s active leader in both career tackles (294) and tackles for loss (33.0). Rey, the only junior among the captains selected, led the Blue Devils in tackles last year with 111.

Robinson, who transferred from Army two years ago, was granted a sixth season of eligibility earlier this year after an injury sidelined him for the vast majority of the 2008 season. In former head coach Ted Roof’s offense, Robinson displayed an impressive set of hands from his fullback position, hauling in 11 career touchdowns. This season, Cutcliffe, who rarely plays a two-running back set, has decided to move him to tight end most likely to take advantage of Robinson catching abilities.

“”We picked four guys who want to go out and lead on and off the field,” Boyette said in a team release. “We want to go out and do the right thing on and off the field. To take something from Coach Cutcliffe, leading and winning is an ‘all-the-time thing’.”

Duke’s season opener is just days away, as D-IAA James Madison comes to town Aug. 30. The Dukes (yes, that’s the school’s nickname) were ranked No. 7 and No. 8 in the two FCS preseason polls.

–by Matthew Iles

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Boyette Out Indefinitely After Surgery

Two weeks before its first game of the season, Duke has suffered its first loss of the season.

Senior running back Re’quan Boyette, the team’s leading rusher for the past two seasons who was expected to play a major role in new head coach David Cutcliffe’s offense, underwent orthoscopic surgery Sunday for a leg injury sustained in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage. Boyette will be sidelined indefinitely.

“We’re certainly disappointed for Re’quan, but we know that he’ll do everything in his power to return to the field,” Cutcliffe said in a statement.

The Blue Devils will likely look to senior Clifford Harris to replace Boyette, whose 1,072 career yards rank him seventh on the list of active ACC players. In a 90-play situational spring scrimmage, Boyette scampered for 139 yards on 18 carries. He was certainly one of the team’s most impressive spring performers.

Other options at the position are converted cornerback Tony Jackson, who rushed for 85 yards on five carries in Duke’s spring game, redshirt freshman Cameron Jones and true freshman Jay Hollingsworth.

We’ll have more on Boyette’s injury, prognosis and its effect as we do some further reporting.

–by Ben Cohen

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Boyette Leaves Scrimmage With Injury

David Cutcliffe was happy with his team’s energy and effort in its first preseason scrimmage Saturday night. One more story emanating from the 80-play intrasquad could not have pleased him.

Re’quan Boyette, Duke’s top returning running back, left the game with a leg injury early in the scrimmage. The extent to the injury is not yet known, as he is still receiving evaluation. We’ll bring you more information when we hear it, but if this injury is serious, it could hinder Duke’s offensive attack and affect its ability to post 30 points per game, one goal Cutcliffe has vocalized.

MORE: So much for all of those gaudy preseason polls. The Blue Devils were ranked as high as No. 79 in the country by Sports Illustrated, a media outlet that also predicted Duke to finish second-to-last in the Coastal Division in front of Georgia Tech. But The Wizard of Odds, which dubs itself “A college football site for winners” and is managed by former LA Times employee Jay Christensen, ranked Duke as the 24th-worst team in the country. Wendell Barnhouse writes that Duke’s two most winnable games are James Madison and Navy (no argument here), but we think we can name more than 24 teams that will fare worse than the Blue Devils. Can you?

–by Ben Cohen

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