X factor: Duke football vs. Tulane

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

Duke football injury report: Tulane

As the Blue Devils prepare to wrap up their nonconference slate against Tulane Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke released its weekly injury report. We look at who will be missing Saturday's game and the implications going forward:


DE Dezmond Johnson (leg)

OG Lucas Patrick (leg)


TE Dan Beilinson (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: Unlike week's past, there are actually some question marks for Duke heading into Saturday's game against the Green Wave... Read more

Coach Krzyzewski talks about freshman class and addresses criticisms of Team USA, himself at opening press conference

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski held his first press conference of the fall Thursday in which he addressed his time with Team USA, Duke's upcoming season, the Blue Devil freshman class and the recent criticisms lofted at USA Basketball and himself.

The Blue Devil freshman class of Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen is the top-ranked group in the Class of 2014. After the departure of Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood to the NBA, Duke will lean on its young players to produce early, with Okafor leading the way. Krzyzweski pointed toward the willingness of the upperclassmen to help the rookies' transition as a big help in getting them acclimated.

"This freshman class is just ahead maturity-wise. With our team right now, it's not sophomores, freshmen, juniors, seniors; They're Duke basketball players. The freshmen aren't freshmen, they're Duke basketball players. There's not that differentiation... Read more

Ingram to take visits with other suitors, Kennard and Maker's summer mixtapes drop

It's been another quiet week in the recruiting world, but Brandon Ingram did announce some visits—and it will not please Blue Devil fans.

In the Class of 2015, Duke is looking to make Ingram, a North Carolina native, the third member of its recruiting class. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, however, Ingram tweeted this a few days ago and one team from his final six was left out:

Later, in an interview with ZagsBlog, Ingram announced he would go to Midnight Madness at North Carolina Oct. 3, Kansas Oct. 10 and Kentucky Oct. 17, with the latter two serving as official visits.

There were rumors that Ingram’s visit at Duke had not gone well and this only echoes those sentiments... Read more

Blue Devils to don throwback helmets against Tulane; full uniform to be released Wednesday

After starting the season 3-0 for the first time in 20 years, perhaps wearing throwback helmets Saturday is a symbol of Duke's resurgence as a program.

The Blue Devil football equipment twitter account unveiled the old-school helmets that will be worn for Saturday's 12:30 p.m. home contest against Tulane.

The white helmets feature blue script letters that spell out Duke and an old-school blue stripe down the middle.

The full uniform is to be unveiled tomorrow, and could also be an old-school throwback, according to multiple reports... Read more

Sharpshooter Seth Curry invited to Magic training camp

Football season is in full swing, but good news keeps pouring in for those associated with Duke basketball.

Former Blue Devil standout Seth Curry was invited to training camp with the Orlando Magic, team insider Brian Schmitz—who covers the team for the Orlando Sentinelreported Tuesday morning.

Curry played in five games for Orlando's summer league team after starring for Golden State's D-League affiliate, Santa Cruz, last year and showcasing his potent shooting stroke by dropping 44 points in his first D-League playoff game.

Although the 24-year old has shown the ability to put up points in bunches, inconsistency from game to game and on the defensive end has kept him from breaking into the league so far... Read more

Stock Watch: Wilson and McCaffrey on the rise after career days against woeful Jayhawks

The opening bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has just rung, meaning it's time for our second Stock Watch of the season 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

  • Shaun Wilson: After rushing for 245 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries, Wilson reeled in national and ACC awards in the wake of his speedy performance. The freshman from Charlotte not only was named the National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports, but also was named ACC Rookie of the Week and the College Football Performance running back of the week. Wilson's 334 total yards are the second highest in the conference for a running back behind Pittsburgh's James Conner's astronomical 544 yards on the season... Read more

Duke adds five-star Spanish guard Salvadores to Class of 2015

In an offseason that has resulted in the loss of four of Duke's five top scorers from last season, the Blue Devils finally had some good news come their way Sunday.

Five-star recruit Angela Salvadores verbally committed to the Blue Devils via Twitter. ESPN has her slated as the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2015.

Salvadores had visited with Purdue, Kentucky and Louisville in addition to Duke. The commitment—like all verbals made by recruits—is not official until she signs with the Blue Devils.

The move is crucial for Duke, which lost starting point guard Alexis Jones to Baylor via transfer in July. Although she would have not played this upcoming season due to a pair of knee injuries, the loss of Jones was still tough for a squad that also graduated seniors Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and All-American point guard Chelsea Gray... Read more

Around the ACC: Week 3

With defending champions Florida State on a bye, the third week of the regular season showcased the depth of an improving ACC conference aside from two disappointing losses.

Duke 41, Kansas 3

The Blue Devils (3-0) turned in arguably their most impressive performance of the year in route to a 41-3 demolition of the Kansas Jayhawks. With the win, Duke advanced to 3-0 for the first time since 1994. An opportunistic defense—with interceptions by Evrett Edwards and DeVon Edwards—gave the Blue Devil offense great field position, leading to scores on its first three possessions. However, the story of the game was a record-setting performance by true freshman running back Shaun Wilson, whose 245 rushing yards were the most in school history. The outstanding performance garnered attention nationwide.

Virginia 23, No. 21 Louisville 21

The unranked Cavaliers (2-1) used a stout defense to end an 11-game conference losing streak with a 23-21 upset of the No. 21 Cardinals (2-1)... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 3

Duke crushes Kansas, moves closer to top 25

Returning to Wallace Wade Stadium after last week’s slow start against Troy, the Blue Devils (3-0) clipped the Jayhawks’ wings behind National Freshman of the Week Shaun Wilson. The dynamic true freshman racked up 245 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries as Duke coasted to an easy 41-3 victory. The Blue Devils never trailed and earned 55 votes in this week’s AP Poll, 12 more than last week. North Carolina (2-0) is now the only team standing between Duke and the top 25.

Duke will look to follow up this strong performance next Saturday against Tulane (1-2) at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium and has a chance at cracking the AP Poll next week with some help.

Gamecocks hold strong, knock off Bulldogs

In arguably the game of the week, No. 24 South Carolina (2-1) prevailed 38-35 against No... Read more