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Duke football standout Tomlinson continues reeling in national accolades, quartet of Blue Devils earn conference honors

After a 6-1 start that has showcased the Blue Devils' talent in all three phases of the , a handful of Duke players are reeling in midseason awards.

A week after guard Laken Tomlinson was named to the CBSSports midseason All-America second team, he is making headlines again after being named to the Phil Steele All-America second team. He was also named an All-ACC performer by Steele in addition to the national honors.

The redshirt senior has anchored an offensive line that is tied for first in the FBS with only 0.57 sacks allowed per game and 2.86 tackles for loss allowed per game. The line has also paved the way for a Blue Devil four-headed rushing attack that is averaging 218 yards per game... Read more

Stock Watch: Duke football offensive line, defense continue dominating

The bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has just rung again, meaning it's time for another 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

  • Duke football defense: The unit is at the top of the market again this week after a strong showing Saturday in the 20-13 win against Virginia Saturday. Despite allowing the Cavaliers to gain 465 yards and 23 first downs, it limited them to just 13 points. It forced the only turnover of the game when redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash forced an early fumble that was recovered by Jonathan Jones on the Virginia opening drive, leading to a Blue Devil touchdown. The secondary had some issues with a pass-heavy Cavalier offense, but Breon Borders had a couple of key pass break ups and Deondre Singleton had a near interception in the fourth quarter... Read more

Diamond Stone cuts Duke from final 4 as Blue Devils prepare to host Leaf, Battle during Countdown to Craziness

Let’s start with the bad news of the week first.

Prized 2015 recruit Diamond Stone announced his final four and Duke did not make the cut.


Although it would have been nice to add another elite big man to next year’s class, this news does not come as a shock to anyone, as many were surprised the Blue Devils were even included in the Wisconsin native’s final five. With elite big man Chase Jeter and sharpshooter Luke Kennard already committed, the Blue Devils' last major 2015 target remains in-state superstar Brandon Ingram.

Speaking of Ingram, he visited both Kentucky and Kansas recently and is headed to UCLA this coming weekend, instead of attending Countdown to Craziness. Ingram has been connected to UCLA more and more of late... Read more

Around the ACC: Week 8

Duke 20, Virginia 13

In a low-scoring, back-and-forth Homecoming contest, Duke held on to beat Virginia in Durham and capture an important conference victory. The Blue Devils (6-1, 2-1 in the ACC) found the end zone both times via tight end, once on a first quarter connection from redshirt senior Anthony Boone to redshirt sophomore Erich Schneider and then again in the fourth quarter when redshirt sophomore Thomas Sirk completed a jump pass to redshirt junior David Reeves. The Blue Devil defense then held Virginia (4-3, 2-1) scoreless in the fourth quarter, giving the Blue Devils their sixth win of the year and securing a program-first third straight bowl bid.

No. 2 Florida State 31, No. 5 Notre Dame 27

In the much-anticipated matchup of the week, Florida State (7-0, 5-0) held on to beat Notre Dame (6-1) on a last second call that took a game-winning touchdown away from the fighting Irish... Read more

Making the Grade: Duke football vs. Virginia

With a powerful second-half ground game and a stout defense, Duke pushed past Virginia 20-13 to take control of the Coastal Division and become bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. The Blue Devils broke the 13-13 tie on a jump-pass by backup quarterback Thomas Sirk with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter. Duke’s defense then stood strong and kept the Cavaliers out of the end zone on their final two possessions to secure the victory.

Offense: B

Pass: Although redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone did not post the most impressive numbers against the Cavaliers— going 22-of-37 for 176 yards and one touchdown— he was able to stay turnover-free against one of the most opportunistic defenses in the nation. The Weddington, N.C., native threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Erich Schneider to put the Blue Devils up 7-0 early in the first quarter and frequently targeted wide receiver Jamison Crowder—who ended up with eight catches for 99 yards... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 8

Two more top-five teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in week eight, and the Blue Devils got even closer to cracking the top 25 for the first time this season.


Duke climbs to top of Coastal, still can't crack top 25

The Blue Devils ground out a hard-fought 20-13 win against Virginia Saturday, but only slightly reaped the rewards of their victory when the AP poll was released Sunday afternoon, becoming the highest ranked team not receiving votes with 108. With a bye week next weekend, Duke cannot do anything to hurt its stock, but could see its spot near the rankings take a hit ahead of its Nov... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Virginia

The Blue Devils got another gritty performance from their defense on their way to a 20-13 Homecoming win against Virginia that made Duke bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. The Blue Devils broke a 13-13 tie midway through the fourth quarter on a Thomas Sirk jump pass and were able to get the stops they needed to climb to the top of the Coastal Division standings.

Revisting the three keys to the game:

  • More production from the passing game: Quarterback Anthony Boone had a better day in the air than he had against Georgia Tech, accumulating 176 yards and a touchdown and completing 22 of his 37 attempts. The Weddington, N.C., native got off to a strong start and did most of his damage in the first half, going 16-of-21 for 125 yards and one touchdown... Read more

Halftime report: Duke football vs. Virginia

At the half of Duke's Homecoming contest, the Blue Devils are tied 10-10 with the visiting Cavaliers.

Things got off to a good start for the home team, as redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash kickstarted Duke's momentum once again Saturday, as he stripped Virginia's Miles Gooch on the second play from scrimmage. Defensive end Jonathan Jones jumped on the ball to cap the Cavaliers' opening drive and give Duke the ball at its own 38-yard line.

On the Blue Devils' first offensive play of the game, quarterback Anthony Boone would hit senior Jamison Crowder in the middle of the field for a 27-yard gain to the Virginia 35-yard line. Six plays later, Boone found tight end Erich Schneider for a one-yard score, the first of Schneider's career.

After forcing the Cavaliers into a second-straight punt, the Blue Devils took over at their own 20-yard line and put together another solid drive, going 78 yards were stuffed at the goal line for three consecutive plays, leading to a Ross Martin field goal with 12:24 left in the half... Read more

Observations from Duke basketball practice: Okafor and Co. live up to the hype

The Blue Zone's Nick Martin and Ryan Hoerger attended Duke's practice Friday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Here are their observations:

Two weeks into organized practices and newly-minted as the preseason No. 3 team in the country by the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Blue Devils are a talent-laden squad with freshmen expected to make immediate contributions. Getting rookies Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen acclimated to the speed of the college game will involve some growing pains, but the quartet has already integrated well with the returning members of last year's team.

Quinn Cook and Jones look comfortable playing alongside each other. The starting point guard spot has been characterized by many outside the team as a battle between the two floor generals, but Cook and Jones played on the same team during Duke's 12-minute scrimmage at the end of practice Friday and enjoyed great success... Read more

Duke in the NBA: Parker, Hood make preseason debuts, several veterans battle injuries

The NBA preseason is in full swing, with the regular season starting Oct. 28. We take a look at how some of Duke’s newest NBA players—along with a few savvy veterans—have fared so far.

Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks: Parker was drafted second overall by Milwaukee in the 2014 Draft with the hopes that he could provide an immediate impact on the court for the struggling franchise. In an effort to kick start his development, the Chicago native has averaged 31.6 minutes per game during his first four preseason games, but has certainly had his growing pains on the court.

Parker is averaging 15.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, but is shooting just 43.5 percent from the field and is just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Fortunately for Parker and the Bucks, Parker’s best games have been his most recent ones... Read more