Stock Watch: Wilson and McCaffrey on the rise after career days against woeful Jayhawks

The opening bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has just rung, meaning it's time for our second Stock Watch of the season taking a look at who is rising and falling with their performances for Blue Devil sports teams. Each week The Blue Zone will look at whose stock is on the rise and whose stock has taken a hit from the week in the world of Duke athletics.

Bull Market—Trending Up

  • Shaun Wilson: After rushing for 245 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries, Wilson reeled in national and ACC awards in the wake of his speedy performance. The freshman from Charlotte not only was named the National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports, but also was named ACC Rookie of the Week and the College Football Performance running back of the week. Wilson's 334 total yards are the second highest in the conference for a running back behind Pittsburgh's James Conner's astronomical 544 yards on the season... Read more

Duke adds five-star Spanish guard Salvadores to Class of 2015

In an offseason that has resulted in the loss of four of Duke's five top scorers from last season, the Blue Devils finally had some good news come their way Sunday.

Five-star recruit Angela Salvadores verbally committed to the Blue Devils via Twitter. ESPN has her slated as the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2015.

Salvadores had visited with Purdue, Kentucky and Louisville in addition to Duke. The commitment—like all verbals made by recruits—is not official until she signs with the Blue Devils.

The move is crucial for Duke, which lost starting point guard Alexis Jones to Baylor via transfer in July. Although she would have not played this upcoming season due to a pair of knee injuries, the loss of Jones was still tough for a squad that also graduated seniors Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and All-American point guard Chelsea Gray... Read more

Around the ACC: Week 3

With defending champions Florida State on a bye, the third week of the regular season showcased the depth of an improving ACC conference aside from two disappointing losses.

Duke 41, Kansas 3

The Blue Devils (3-0) turned in arguably their most impressive performance of the year in route to a 41-3 demolition of the Kansas Jayhawks. With the win, Duke advanced to 3-0 for the first time since 1994. An opportunistic defense—with interceptions by Evrett Edwards and DeVon Edwards—gave the Blue Devil offense great field position, leading to scores on its first three possessions. However, the story of the game was a record-setting performance by true freshman running back Shaun Wilson, whose 245 rushing yards were the most in school history. The outstanding performance garnered attention nationwide.

Virginia 23, No. 21 Louisville 21

The unranked Cavaliers (2-1) used a stout defense to end an 11-game conference losing streak with a 23-21 upset of the No. 21 Cardinals (2-1)... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 3

Duke crushes Kansas, moves closer to top 25

Returning to Wallace Wade Stadium after last week’s slow start against Troy, the Blue Devils (3-0) clipped the Jayhawks’ wings behind National Freshman of the Week Shaun Wilson. The dynamic true freshman racked up 245 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries as Duke coasted to an easy 41-3 victory. The Blue Devils never trailed and earned 55 votes in this week’s AP Poll, 12 more than last week. North Carolina (2-0) is now the only team standing between Duke and the top 25.

Duke will look to follow up this strong performance next Saturday against Tulane (1-2) at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium and has a chance at cracking the AP Poll next week with some help.

Gamecocks hold strong, knock off Bulldogs

In arguably the game of the week, No. 24 South Carolina (2-1) prevailed 38-35 against No... Read more

Making the Grade: Duke football vs. Kansas

Offense: A

Pass: Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone connected with junior wide receiver Max McCaffrey on seven occasions Saturday afternoon, including a 36-yard bullet that McCaffrey ran in for a touchdown. Boone, who continues to look comfortable in the pocket, completed his third game without an interception. Duke’s 40-percent third-down conversion rate stands out as an area of improvement, but overall it was a solid performance from the Blue Devil passing attack despite some missed throws downfield.

Rush: True freshman running back Shaun Wilson proved to be Duke’s standout performer of the night. Rushing for a school-record 245 yards on just 12 carries, the Charlotte native captivated onlookers with four huge runs, three of which went for long touchdowns that broke the game open. Wilson is making a name for himself early considering this was just the third game of his career... Read more

Krzyzewski leads Team USA, former players Irving and Plumlee to gold at FIBA World Cup

People will always question his coaching decisions, but the run Duke and Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been on in international basketball the past six years couldn't have been much better.

The four-time collegiate national champion led Team USA to gold Sunday at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, adding to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals and 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal he already captured during the pristine stretch that has reassured the rest of the world of the United States' supremacy in international basketball.

No country had ever won four major international basketball competitions in a row before.

Team USA crushed Serbia 129-92 in the gold medal game Sunday after trouncing Lithuania 96-68 in the semifinals.

Wilson named National Freshman of the Week after dominant performance

In the wake of a record-setting performance, it comes as little surprise that true freshman running back Shaun Wilson has been named National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports.

The Charlotte native broke the Duke record for rushing yards in a single game with 245 on just 12 rushes, while adding three touchdown runs in the Blue Devils' 41-3 rout of Kansas Saturday. Wilson broke the previous record of 238 yards set by former tailback Robert Baldwin in 1994.

After an eye-opening 69-yard scamper to the endzone in the first quarter, Wilson exploded in the second half, running for 176 yards and additional touchdown runs of 68 and 45 yards. Wilson's speed and knack for big plays resulted in a average of 20.4 yards per rush.

His total 245 yards on the ground are the most any player this season has gained against an FBS opponent and ranks fourth in ACC history for a freshman running back... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Kansas

Duke jumped out of the gate determined to make a statement and refused to let up en route to a 41-3 victory against Kansas Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. Behind Shaun Wilson’s record-breaking performance on the ground, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1994.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Force Turnovers: Duke’s defense was the key to the game early on and notched the first turnovers of the season for the Blue Devils. Pressure on Kansas’s offensive line meant Jayhawk quarterback Montell Cozart spent most of the time racing out of an ever-collapsing pocket and throwing errant passes to avoid lost yards. Safeties DeVon Edwards and Evrett Edwards duo picked off Cozart once each in the first quarter, setting up short field opportunities for Duke and ruining Kansas’ chances at establishing an offensive mojo early in the game... Read more

Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Kansas

Duke owns a 20-3 lead against Kansas through two quarters of play at Wallace Wade Stadium. Unlike last week's contest at Troy, the Blue Devils wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter.

After holding the Jayhawks to negative-13 yards on the first series of the game, Duke struck on the next series. Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone capped a six-play, 60-yard drive capped with a 36-yard strike to a wide-open Max McCaffery, who was able to walk into the endzone.

Following a Ross Martin field goal and another Kansas three-and-out, freshman running back Shaun Wilson exploded for a 69-yard touchdown run to put the Blue Devils up 17-0 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. The run was the first score of his career and marked his first appearance in the first half.

The Blue Devils failed to gain much offensive momentum in the second quarter, as the lone score came from Martin, who added a second field goal to push the lead to 20-3. Boone finished 8-of-17 for 99 yards but continually overthrew receivers... Read more

Third and goal: Duke football vs. Kansas

After a comeback victory against Troy last week, the Blue Devils return to Durham with hopes of improving to 3-0 against Charlie Weis’ Kansas Jayhawks. Kick-off is at 3:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to this afternoon’s game:

Force turnovers

Despite two victories by large margins, the Blue Devil defense has yet to record a turnover. Sophomore safety DeVon Edwards managed to force two fumbles against Troy, but the Duke defense recovered neither. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles would love to see the Blue Devils make a more concerted effort to attack the football when going to make hits and to see his unit wreak more havoc in general Saturday against the Jayhawks.

As for the passing game, Kansas’ dual-threat sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart struggled in limited action last season, completing just 36.5 percent of his attempts and throwing no touchdowns and two interceptions. Duke’s defensive backs, "the cheetahs," should feel comfortable being more aggressive, taking risks and jumping routes... Read more