Coming off a historic season and a devastating loss in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Duke opens its season against FCS opponent Elon. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to tonight’s game:
Duke has already lost star middle linebacker Kelby Brown and star tight end Braxton Deaver to season-ending knee injuries this preseason, in addition to redzone threat Brandon Connette, who transferred to Fresno State in the offseason. One has to wonder how many more injuries the Blue Devils will be able to sustain to remain relevant in the ACC’s Coastal Division, and it would be a real shame to see anyone else get hurt against an FCS opponent that went 2-10 last season.
Get All Defensive Linemen Involved
Duke lost a number of longtime starters on the defensive line in ends Kenny Anunike and Justin Foxx and tackle Sydney Sarmiento to graduation. This year, head coach David Cutcliffe has a platoon of inexperienced linemen to use around returning starter Jamal Bruce... Read more