Duke Football Projected Starting WR Jake Bobo Out

More bad news for Duke to begin this football season: projected starting wide reciever Jake Bobo will miss time with a fractured clavicle. Bobo had surgery on Friday to repair the injury but is out “indefinitely”. This unwelcome news comes to an offense that has already lost Daniel Jones, as the star quarterback was drafted sixth by the New York Giants in April. Additionally, the core wide receivers in TJ Rahming, Johnathan Lloyd, and Chris Taylor have all gone their separate paths and will not make a return to the program.

The first challenge this year is probably the biggest possible, perhaps other than Clemson (who, praise the football gods, we do not play this year): the Alabama Crimson Tide on August 31. It’ll take all we’ve got. Bleed blue.

Daniel Jones Goes #6 Overall to Giants!

Daniel Jones! As Duke fans, we knew of the talent he possessed and knew he would do well in the NFL (as well as impress the NFL scouts), but at least I never saw this coming! The Duke graduate and former quarterback was selected by the New York Giants as the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s by far the highest a Duke product has gone since the ’80s.

We can all see, though, why New York wanted him: he is quite literally another Eli Manning. He was coached by David Cutcliffe, has a similar build, and is intelligent about the game. He’s incredibly tough; just about every season in the last 6+ years has been marred by an injury. He went unnoticed by colleges at first because of a wrist injury in high school. He was then, in his freshman season, suddenly thrust into the starting spot by not his own injury but that of Thomas Sirk, a rough season for the freshman, though understandably. Year before last he was injured throughout the season, especially in the stretch in which we lost six games in a row, but carried on through. Last year, he broke his collarbone against Northwestern but returned merely two weeks later. That’s a lot of injuries and yet Jones still emerged as one of the top prospects in the draft; everybody points to the numbers that would suggest that other quarterbacks are more skilled but there’s much more to the story.

New York is a rough place to be, and a lot of fans already disagree with general manager Dave Gettleman’s decision to pass on Josh Allen in order to get Jones instead of taking the quarterback at 17 (where he was likely to still remain). Jones may take a lot of heat before he steps on the field in a Giants uniform, but Duke fans know that Daniel Jones will not disappoint. I believe that he is a reliable future for a struggling franchise (though I’m terribly biased), and I hope others will join me soon. In the meantime, we wish Daniel the best of luck in the big leagues.

Duke Football is left with something of a void after Jones’ departure, as well as those of Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys. However, we’ve learned not to count out Coach Cutcliffe. Bleed blue.

Duke Routs Temple for Independence Bowl, 56-27

Duke finished off this season with a bang to win the Walk-On Independence Bowl, defeating the Temple Owls by a smashing score of 56-27. Not much was expected as Duke had lost their two final games of the season in lopsided fashion and had been 2-4 later in the season after a 5-1 start. The Blue Devils came in a 3.5-point underdog, especially having suffered multiple hits to the defensive corps throughout the season, including star CB Mark Gilbert, S Deondre Singleton, and Edgar Cerenord, and would also play without arguably their most important defensive players, Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys. However, the defense was the one that stepped up in the second half to hold Temple scoreless while the offense racked up 36 points to fuel the win.

Quarterback Daniel Jones played in what is likely to have been his final game in a Duke uniform, ending his season as prolifically as his team with 429 passing yard, 121 rushing yards, and 6 overall touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing). Senior wide receiver TJ Rahming also had an impressive performance in his last game, making 12 receptions for 240 yards, his season high. Temple couldn’t seem to defend Duke’s passing game, and as their offense was stopped by Duke’s defensive game, the second half was a downright blowout.

The defense stepped up incredibly well today despite a season marred by injuries. They stopped the owls on fourth down 3 times (one a botched snap on a punt), as well as under 50% on 3rd down (6-14). Duke’s offense was just a bit excited about throwing the ball on three separate occasions and was intercepted (twice for Jones, once for backup Quentin Harris who entered the game intermittently). Temple actually led 27-20 at the half, and had even led 20-7 early, but came to a grinding halt immediately as Duke started to roll on both sides of the field and the blowout began.

Offensively, multiple Independence Bowl records were set: Daniel Jones set two with both the most passing yards and passing touchdowns, while the entire team combined to set the scoring record.


Daniel Jones now has a decision to make regarding next season. Many have said- and personally, I agree- that leaving Duke for the 2018 NFL Draft would probably be the best option for Jones. As much as we love having him here at Duke, he’s graduated with a degree in economics and is one of the highest ranked quarterbacks this year- even a possible first round pick, something that hasn’t happened to a Duke quarterback in years (and only once!). With multiple NFL teams looking for a quarterback pretty much imminently, and the 2019 class looking stacked with guys like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, he could easily go a lot higher if he were to leave this year. Also, that’s a full year of NFL salary. We’ve been so lucky to have him and he’s worked his butt off to go from barely being looked at as a recruit to a huge prospect in the NFL and he showed it today. Look to Krazies’ Korner to get information on his decision and next year’s outlook.

Bleed blue. Congratulations to the Duke football team of 2018!

Duke Football to End Season in Independence Bowl

Duke Football takes one last trip for the 2018 season after a few weeks of preparation in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana against Temple University (8-4). Temple started at 2-3 but gave a strong 6-1 finish in the later part of the season, its only loss to #7 UCF, while Duke performed essentially the opposite. They starting a strong 5-1 but fell out at the end of the season for a meager 2-4 to finish at 7-0.

The final game of the year was a devastating loss in a game that should’ve been at least competitive against Wake Forest at 59-7. However, that was at least somewhat affected by the losses that occurred in a loss at Clemson. Hopefully, an injury-riddled season (see Mark Gilbert, Edgar Cerenord, Deondre Singleton) will end with at least half a roster playing.

Even if we were perfectly healthy, we would be extremely challenged by this team.

Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe

Fate will probably decide Duke’s chances to win. Ben Humphreys and Joe Giles-Harris, probably the most important components on the defensive side of the field, are both questionable to take the field Thursday, so it really depends on whether or not they’ve healed from their respective injuries. If both players were to play, it would greatly improve our chances to stop Temple’s offense.

Daniel Jones just might play his last game suited up for the Blue Devils today. As the #2 prospect on ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s QB Draft Board after Oregon’s Justin Herbert chose to stay in college, he is pretty likely to depart Duke this year for the NFL Draft. He has pinpoint accuracy and can run when necessary. He’s a really good quarterback and has gone from hardly being looked at and without a guaranteed scholarship to an NFL prospect in just a few years. He deserves a heck of a lot of respect. Sources say that he is undecided in whether to turn pro or remain at Duke another year, but it should be noted that Jones graduated this month (one semester early), probably influencing his decision.

Here are the game notes:

Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar Independence Bowl

Date: Thursday, December 27

Time: 1:30pm

Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

TV: ESPN

Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (NC)

Bleed blue.

Krazies’ Korner Closed Until Wednesday

Hello, Krazies.

I am sorry to report that due to a sudden occurrence in my holiday travel, I will be closing Krazies’ Korner until Wednesday. You may have noticed that I missed last night’s recap of the Duke-Wake Forest game due to Thanksgiving travel (warning if you haven’t seen: I don’t know if the team even showed up)

I am stuck in the Midwestern Blizzard right now and cannot return home until further notice. Here are some upcoming Duke events and sites which you can visit for reliable previews, recaps, and Duke news.

Upcoming Games/Games I’ve Missed

  1. Duke (football) vs. Wake Forest (Saturday, 12pm ET)
  2. Duke (Basketball) vs. Indiana (Tuesday, 9:30pm ET)

Go-To Sites

  1. Duke Basketball Report
  2. Ball Durham
  3. The Devils’ Den
  4. Duke Athletics

Again, I apologize and I hope to get back soon enough for the Indiana recap (fingers crossed). Bleed blue. Oh, and by the way, Fedora’s done at UNC, but are we really surprised?