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.

Duke Football Defeated at Pitt in Final Minutes

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Duke’s Brittain Brown. Source: Duke Basketball Report https://www.dukebasketballreport.com/2018/9/26/17904466/duke-football-wednesday-notes-david-cutcliffe-virginia-tech

First things first, my utmost condolences to all those affected by the awful events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today. Nothing like that should ever happen to anybody, regardless of association, for any reason whatsoever. A football game seems completely stupid to consider amidst these circumstances but I’ll try.

I’m trying to be positive here, but, honestly, the “Final Minutes” thing is really the best part. In the worst defensive showing I’ve witnessed in my lifetime, Duke Football lost to Pittsburgh 54-45. Yes, Pittsburgh, and yes, we allowed 52 points and 484 rushing yards. Not even total, that’s rushing alone. We led 42-32 in the almost-end of the fourth (42-35 by the actual end) but it went even further downhill from there. Multitudes of injuries on the defensive side including star CB Mark Gilbert really showed today, but that’s no excuse and we really need to work hard these next few days in preparation for Miami next week. Pittsburgh did not punt once. Looking on the bright side, our offense thrived pretty well for most of the game, only punting once, so hopefully, that momentum will carry against a traditionally stout defense against the U.

Bleed blue. Read my next post! Trust me, it’s way better.

Injury Report: Jones Out “Indefinitely”, Mark Gilbert Done for Season After Surgeries

Duke’s Mark Gilbert (28), who is out for the season, and Michael Carter II (26) embrace. Source: Zimbio

DURHAM, NC — Unfortunately, just happens in football. After yesterday’s win at Northwestern, two of the star players for the Blue Devils, QB Daniel Jones and CB Mark Gilbert, are going to be out for a while: Gilbert is out for the season and Jones is out indefinitely, per WRAL Sports. Both underwent surgeries on Sunday, as Jones suffered a fractured collarbone while Gilbert suffered what has been described as a freak hip injury. Luckily, Coach David Cutcliffe said that Jones’s injury was not season-ending and thinks that it “will be a much shorter recovery”. Gilbert, an All-American candidate, is an enormous loss, of course, but Jones’s indefinite recovery is a spark of optimism for us. Junior Quentin Harris will need to step up as Jones’s backup in the coming weeks: Duke visits Baylor next Saturday before returning home to face NC Central and, subsequently, VA Tech, who looks to be one of our most formidable opponents this season. Bleed blue, Duke fans. Look on the bright side: our defense looked stout and our offense still has weapons. All is not lost!

Duke Defeats Northwestern at a Price

EVANSTON, IL. — The good thing? We won. The bad thing? The price. QB Daniel Jones got off to the same start that killed the Wildcats a year ago, but at the beginning of the fourth quarter, he went out with an apparent shoulder injury, though collarbone seems to be another outlook, which isn’t good either. Mark Gilbert, our star cornerback, was helped off with a hip injury and could not put weight on his left side. Both players could face long-term injuries, which is a potentially tremendous issue for the entire season’s outlook. Coach David Cutcliffe said that Gilbert will be out for “quite some time” and Jones’s injury “doesn’t look great”. This is just awful. Losing either player would be a major blow to the Blue Devils: third-year Jones started the season looking better than ever, holding a completion percentage of more than 74% and throwing a whopping 3 touchdown passes in one quarter this afternoon, plus a 7/0 touchdown-turnover ratio in the first two games. while Gilbert had an ACC-leading six interceptions last season and is one of the best cornerbacks arguably in college football. It appears that Gilbert will be out for most, if not the remainder, of the season. In addition to Gilbert and Jones, center Zach Harmon, a veteran voice on a young, developing O-line also had to be helped off the field for a leg injury, while Jeremy McDuffie was unable to participate as well.

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Daniel Jones (17) and Brittain Brown (22). Source: The Chronicle (dukechronicle.com)

Not much good you can say about the game. We played wonderfully. The offense rolled, Quentin Harris wasn’t bad and didn’t turn the ball over. The defense was stout throughout the game even after losing Gilbert and deserves respectOur thoughts are with the injured players for a speedy recovery. Bleed blue.