A guide to Duke football's 2014 opponents

With the Blue Devils starting their bid to repeat as ACC Coastal Division champions Saturday against Elon at 6:00 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium, we break down every team on Duke's schedule and every other ACC squad:

Aug. 30 vs. Elon

Sept. 6 at Troy

Sept. 13 vs. Tulane

Sept. 20 vs. Kansas

Sept. 27 at Miami

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X factor: Duke football vs. Elon

The Blue Devils host Elon the season opener for both teams tomorrow and will take on the Phoenix at 6:00 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Every week throughout the football season, we’ll break down a player on each team who could be the difference-maker in the upcoming contest.

Duke: linebacker David Helton

Helton, a talented second-team All-ACC linebacker, spent most of the summer overshadowed by fellow linebacker Kelby Brown, who was the undisputed leader of the defense. But when Brown tore his ACL earlier this month, Helton's responsibilities increased overnight. The coaching staff moved him to the Mike linebacker position and has asked him to lead an inexperienced linebacking corp.

Helton recorded 133 tackles last season, which led the ACC and was the seventh-best mark in the nation in 2013. Look for the Chattanooga, Tenn. native to anchor an older, but somewhat inexperienced front six against a revamped Elon offense that could have some tricks up its sleeve thanks to head coach Rich Skrosky... Read more

Top-5 recruit Stone releases top 5, surprisingly includes Blue Devils

Already with an electrifying perimeter scorer and athletic power forward locked up in the class of 2015, the Blue Devils took a step towards securing one of the best big men in the nation Thursday evening.

Milwaukee native Diamond Stone—the fourth-best player in the class according to ESPN—released his top five schools, and Duke was joined by Wisconsin, Connecticut, Oklahoma State and former ACC rival Maryland on the list.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise because Stone has not been connected to the Blue Devils for quite sometime, and the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center chose to leave Kentucky off the list despite rumors that the Wildcats were in the running for Stone and his best friend Malik Newman... Read more

Duke football injury report: Elon

As the Blue Devils prepare to take on Elon at Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m., Duke released its weekly injury report. Here’s a rundown of the players are listed on the injury report this week:


TE Dan Bellinson (upper body)

CB Johnathan Lloyd (lower body)

OL Trip McNeill (lower body)

OL Jake Sanders (upper body)


LB Kelby Brown (leg)

TE Braxton Deaver (leg)

DE Taariq Shabazz (leg)

Breakdown: No surprises on the first injury report of the season, as outside of linebacker Kelby Brown and tight end Braxton Deaver, all starters appear to be healthy for the Saturday's season opener. Neither of the All-ACC players will be available this season, but both can apply for a sixth year of eligibility.

Freshman defensive end Taariq Shabazz, who was expected to compete for playing time this season, sustained a leg injury during Fall Camp and will likely redshirt in 2014... Read more

ACC releases 2014-15 men's basketball schedule; Duke draws backloaded schedule

The ACC released the 2014-15 men's basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, after announcing the season's conference matchups several months earlier. The Blue Devils drew a back-heavy schedule, with all four matchups against Syracuse and North Carolina coming in the final four weeks of the regular season.

Duke's top-ranked recruiting class and returning nucleus will be tested throughout the conference slate, though, which includes road games at new ACC member Louisville Jan. 17 and defending conference champion Virginia Jan. 31, as well as the home-and-home contests with the Orange and Tar Heels.

After rounding out the 2014 calendar year with a home game against Wofford Dec. 31, the Blue Devils will open up ACC play Jan. 3 against Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke will then make a two-game road swing to pay visits to in-state rivals Wake Forest and N.C. State Jan. 7 and Jan. 11, respectively, before returning home to take on Miami Jan. 13.

The first big test of the ACC schedule comes Jan... Read more

Spurrier, 1989 Squad to be honored this Saturday

This weekend, Duke football will be partying like it's 1989.

During Saturday's season-opening game against Elon, the Blue Devils will honor the 1989 squad that posted an 8-4 record, winning a share of the ACC title before eventually losing to Texas Tech in the All-American Bowl.

Current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, who coached the 1989 squad, will be honored along with the team during the first half. The Gamecocks play Texas A&M this Thursday, allowing Spurrier to travel to Durham Saturday.

Spurrier's gig at Duke in the late 1980s was his first ever head-coaching job that propelled him to future head coaching jobs with Florida, South Carolina and the Washington Redskins. Spurrier has maintained a relationship with the program and has a history of giving the Blue Devils an annual vote in the Coaches' Poll.

The honoring of the 1989 team coincides with Read more

Battle to visit Duke at Countdown to Craziness, Elite 24 weekend recap

When the Blue Devils take the court in front of the Cameron Crazies for the first time, the players and fans will be doing their best to convince one of the best players in next year's class to join them in Durham, as Tyus Battle will officially visit Duke on October 25th for Countdown to Craziness.

Battle, the 6-foot-5 guard from St. Bernard High School in N.J., recently finished playing for the Gold Medal-winning Team USA in the 17U FIBA World Championships. The combo guard possesses the skill set desired for the ideal two-guard, as he has both a smooth shooting stroke from deep and the ability to get to the rim and finish among the bigs. Battle is joining five-star recruit T.J. Leaf for Countdown to Craziness, making it a crucial weekend for Duke 2016 recruiting’s class.

The New York Post recently covered Tyus Battle and his impressive summer in a must-read piece... Read more

Duke in the NFL: Renfree, rookies perform well as roster cuts loom following preseason week 3

With several former Blue Devil standouts on the bubble to make rosters and first cuts coming this week, here is a look at how Duke's former players fared in week three of the NFL preseason:

Kenny Anunike, defensive end, Denver Broncos: Anunike got his name in the box score for the third consecutive game, recording one tackle Saturday night in his team's loss to Houston. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end has been on a tear this summer, so it will be interesting to see what decision the team makes about the edge rusher in the coming weeks.

Juwan Thompson, running back, Denver Broncos: Thompson had a third straight solid game, leading the team in rushing with 33 yards on just four carries in Denver's 18-17 loss against Houston. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back has been the Read more

Two 2015 prospects sign scholarship agreements, will enroll in January

Although the season kicks off in less than a week, the Duke Football program is looking ahead to the future after signing two top 2015 prospects to scholarship agreements.

Three-star offensive tackle Reno Rosene and three-star defensive end Marqueis Price will enroll this January as part of the agreement, as long as they complete their high school degrees this fall. The duo follows in the footsteps of current freshman Jonathon Lloyd, who enrolled early this past winter and participated in the annual Spring Game.

Although the agreement does not require the two players to attend Duke, the university has committed to offer them scholarships beginning this winter.

Rosene, a native of Westlake Village, Calif. is a three-star recruit according to ESPN and is the No... Read more

Tomlinson reeling in All-America Recognitions; could be one of the first guards taken in the 2015 NFL Draft

Although his name doesn't always show up in the box score, Laken Tomlinson has been pinned to a slew of preseason All-America teams this summer.

But his latest accolade may just be his best yet.

Tomlinson received a first team All-America honor from Fox Sports, marking the first time he has been named to the primary All-America team. Tomlinson was previously named a second team All-American by a number of media outlets, most notably Athlon SportsRead more