August 27, 2007

Know The Foes: Duke Blue Devils

Throughout the season, UConnReport.com will be providing fans a quick primer to get acquainted with the coming week's opponents. With the Huskies traveling to Durham, N.C. to play Duke this Saturday at 2 p.m., we caught up with DevilsIllustrated.com writer Brian McLawhorn, who answered the following questions about the Blue Devils.

The Basics

Duke's record last season: 0-12
Conference standing: 6th (Coastal)
Head coach (record at school/season): Ted Roof (5-34, 4th full season)
Primary offensive formation: Multiple
Primary defensive formation: Multiple
Three to watch on offense: QB - Thaddeus Lewis, WR - Jomar Wright, WR - Eron Riley
Three to watch on defense: DT - Vince Oghobaase, DE - Patrick Bailey, FS - Chris Davis

Scouting Report

What is Duke's strength? Duke's strength lies in its offense. The team returns all 11 starters from a year ago on that side of the ball. If the offensive line can produce, they should be able to put some points on the board. The passing game is where they have the potential to flourish this season.

What is Duke's weakness? Duke's weakness is their overall inconsistency. They simply have not been able to put together 60 minutes of solid football over the years. They have also struggled to finish close ballgames. They had the opportunity several times a year ago to pull off some wins, but did not know how to finish. At times they look as though they could put up huge numbers offensively, and then follow up a solid drive with a load of careless mistakes. Defensively, unpredictability against the run has been their biggest sore spot. They have worked feverously to improve upon these areas, but obviously you can not duplicate a game atmosphere in practice. So, their success in these areas will be a question mark until they face them in live action.

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