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Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Tulane

Duke heads to the locker room with a 19-7 lead against Tulane at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Blue Devils—who scored on short touchdown runs by Thomas Sirk and Josh Snead—got some help from a Tulane safety and added a Ross Martin field goal in the opening 30 minutes.

For the second week in a row, the Blue Devils wasted no time marching downfield to grab an early lead. Keyed by a 43-yard scamper by backup Sirk on third-and-one, Duke completed a seven-play, 75-yard drive in less than three minutes, culminating in a Sirk one-yard touchdown run. The entire drive came courtesy of quarterback runs, as starter Anthony Boone rushed four times for 27 yards in addition to Sirk's two carries.

Tulane answered back with an impressive opening drive, converting a pair of third downs during an 85-yard drive that ended when freshman running back Dontrell Hillard punched it in from five yards out. Once again, the Blue Devils responded quickly, as Snead bulldozed his way into the endzone from two yards out... Read more

Third and Goal: Duke football vs. Tulane

Coming off a dominant performance against Kansas, highlighted by true freshman running back Shaun Wilson’s record setting day, the Blue Devils will take on Tulane in their last nonconference game of the year. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to this afternoon’s game:

Don’t rely too much on the big play

Against Kansas last week, Duke scored touchdowns of 36 yards in the air and 69 yards, 68 yards and 45 yards on the ground. Although it obviously had great success on a number of individual plays, the Blue Devil offense struggled to move the chains at times. With five punts on the day, Will Monday saw more action that he had in the first two weeks of the season despite the team’s wide margin of victory.

This week against Tulane, it is essential that Duke does not rely on home runs as the primary source of offensive production, especially considering the Green Wave boasts a strong pass defense. Defensive end Royce LaFrance, who recorded 6... Read more

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:

QUESTIONABLE

DE Dezmond Johnson (leg)

OG Lucas Patrick (leg)

OUT

TE Dan Beilinson (upper body)

CB Johnathan Lloyd (lower body)

OL Trip McNeill (lower body)

OL Jake Sanders (upper body)

OUT FOR SEASON

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.

https://twitter.com/MagicInsider/status/511904849072750593

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