Looking to start 4-0 for the first time in 20 years, the Blue Devils will take on Tulane Saturday at 12:30 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
The senior preseason Second Team All-ACC linebacker leads an improving linebacking corps that is rapidly developing while adjusting to the absence of mike linebacker Kelby Brown. Helton, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, already has 31 tackles through 3 games—including 15 at Troy two weeks ago—and will need to have another big game to stop Tulane’s formidable rushing attack that averages 5.0 yards per rush and 157.3 rushing yards per game, which is currently the second-best rushing attack in the American Athletic Conference.
The rushing attack, led by redshirt freshman running back Sherman Badie, has produced yards in bunches, as Badie alone has three rushes of more than 20 yards, two of which went for touchdowns... Read more