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