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Stock Watch: Boone, offense sliding after dismal performance; Cash on the rise

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

  • Jeremy Cash: The second-team All-American was one of the few bright spots for Duke Saturday night, spearheading a strong defensive effort that kept the Blue Devils in the game after a slow start. Cash recorded 10 tackles and forced two fumbles despite battling through cramps for much of the second half, and was all over the field throughout the contest. The Miami native has been Duke's best player this season and if he keeps it up, his NFL draft stock will only keep rising also. Cash was named the co-Defensive Back of the Week in the ACC for his efforts... Read more

Duke community comes together to fund Powell's little brother cancer treatments

The Duke community prides itself on coming together in moments of distress and need, and Monday night brought another display of said community.

Junior running back Shaquille Powell’s younger brother Malachi Briggs was diagnosed with cancer Sept. 10. Two days later, Briggs underwent surgery but the tumor was deemed too large to remove and will require at least two months of treatment before doctors reevaluate it in November to decide whether or not it is safe to operate.

Tuesday night, the family created a fund on the popular website GoFundMe in hopes of offsetting the high costs of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In just six hours, the fund has collected $2,075 from 33 donors, a total that has been increasing by the minute. The post has a set goal of $20,000, an estimate of how much the treatments will run the family in out-of-pocket payments.

Powell's teammates took to social media to help spread the word Monday night... Read more

Around the ACC: Week 5

Brianna Siracuse / The Chronicle

With the beginning of conference games in the ACC, Florida State remains in control of the much better Atlantic Division. By contrast, control in the Coastal Division is still up for grabs, as it could be throughout the season.

Miami 22, Duke 10

The Blue Devils' (4-1, 0-1 in the ACC) offense struggled to get going and the defense was unable to contain All-ACC running back Duke Johnson in a 22-10 loss on the road to the Hurricanes (3-2, 1-1). Johnson’s 25 carries for 155 yards set the pace for the Hurricanes, who never trailed in the game. Trailing only 9-7 at halftime, Duke was presented with many opportunities to get back in the game in the 2nd half. However, inopportune turnovers by redshirt senior quarterback Boone and the offense, as well as a big defensive mishap on fourth-and-17, thwarted the Blue Devils' comeback effort.

No. 1 Florida State 56, N.C. State 41

Trailing 24-7 in the first quarter, the top-ranked Seminoles appeared in danger of yet another upset at the hands of the Wolfpack... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 5

Duke handed first loss at Miami

After an undefeated nonconference schedule and a 48-30 win against the Hurricanes in last year's matchup, the Blue Devils could not convert their momentum into a win in their first ACC matchup of the year. Miami's defense had a great performance, only allowing 83 rushing yards for the entire game. Although there were brief flashes of brilliance on the Duke side, the Blue Devils were unable to consistently rise to the challenge and scrapped any hope of breaking the top 25 this week. Duke will play another road contest with an eye on redemption during a visit to Georgia Tech Oct. 11.

Florida State feels consequence of slow start against N.C. State

With Jameis Winston back at the helm of the Seminole offense after his suspension, Florida State was ready to come back in a strong way after a mediocre performance against Clemson last week. But that was not the case at the start of the game, when the Seminoles found themselves trailing 24-7... Read more

Making The Grade: Duke football vs. Miami

Plagued by turnovers and offensive errors, the Blue Devils struggled to keep pace with an energized Miami team. Duke never led in their loss to the Hurricanes 22-10 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday and will have to improve its offensive efficiency during the upcoming bye week if it wants to compete again for the Coastal Division crown.

Offense: D

Pass: Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone struggled mightily from the pocket Saturday and was under heavy duress for much of the game, completing only 22 of his 51 passing attempts. Boone’s inability to connect with receivers led to a paltry 179 passing yards—his third straight game with less than 200 yards through the air—and frequent mishaps led to two Miami interceptions.

The untimely turnovers and abysmal 2-of-16 third down conversion rate sapped momentum from an already anemic offense, keeping Duke off the scoreboard and eventually sealing the team’s fate... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Miami

The Blue Devils struggled mightily on offense in their first conference test of the season Saturday night in a 22-10 loss on the road to Miami at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The loss was Duke's first of the season and dropped the Blue Devils to 4-1 (0-1 in the ACC) on the year.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Improve run defense: One of the Blue Devils' biggest weaknesses throughout the first four weeks of the season came back to bite them in a big way. The Hurricanes, led by All-ACC running back Duke Johnson and freshman Joe Yearby shredded Duke on the ground, with each running back averaging more than six yards per carry. The impact of Duke’s young linebackers—true freshman Zavier Carmichael and redshirt freshman Chris Holmes—was hardly noticeable as the two recorded one tackle and three tackles, respectively... Read more

Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Miami

The Blue Devils finished the first half trailing Miami 9-7 after allowing the Hurricanes to get off to a hot start with back-to-back scoring drives. Quarterback Anthony Boone had trouble finding open receivers in a scrappy Miami secondary, and the redshirt senior started the game 2-for-7 for -2 yards through the air. He had an opportunity to make a big play midway through the first quarter, but overthrew a wide open Jamison Crowder.

Early in the second quarter a 29-yard pass from Boone to wide receiver Johnell Barnes that was originally ruled incomplete, but reversed upon further review, set up a Shaquille Powell 7-yard run to make the score 9-7. Duke forced the Hurricanes into another three-and-out on the ensuing drive but could not capitalize on the momentum.

The punishing Hurricane ground game continued pound into the Blue Devil defense, anchoring a eight-play, 49-yard drive that appeared to have led to a 35-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett, but the pass was ruled incomplete... Read more

Behind Enemy Lines: Duke football at Miami

Before every football game this year, The Blue Zone will sit down with a football writer from the opposing school’s student newspaper to get the scoop on their team and season.

This week, The Chronicle’s Nick Martin spoke to the The Miami Hurricane's Sports Editor Courtney Fiorini about this weekend’s primetime matchup between Duke and Miami.

The Chronicle: So the biggest storyline heading into this game is the fact that this year you guys have Duke Johnson. Last year he was injured and Duke outrushed Miami. How big that is for Miami to have Johnson back in the lineup this year?

Miami Hurricane: Having Duke Johnson back is huge. He hasn't really been able to show how much power he really has yet. Part of that is an offensive line that is struggling to protect true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. They're hoping that he can kind of hit his stride in this game.

It's huge to have him back... Read more

Third and Goal: Duke football vs. Miami

In its first conference game of the year, Duke will take on Miami in hopes of remaining undefeated and beating the Hurricanes in back-to-back seasons. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. Here are the keys to tonight’s game.

Improve Run Defense

Last week, Tulane’s only offensive success came on the ground, where the Green Wave recorded 215 yards and two touchdowns. The Blue Devils must have a much better day defending the run in order to have a chance against a Miami team that features Heisman Trophy dark horse candidate Duke Johnson running behind imposing offensive linemen Shane McDermott and Ereck Flowers.

Duke's young linebackers—true freshman Zavier Carmichael and redshirt freshman Chris Holmes—must build on the valuable experience they gained early in the season and the defensive line will have to step up without Dezmond Johnson.

Duke Johnson was hurt during the Blue Devils' 48-30 victory against the Hurricanes last year... Read more

X factor: Duke football vs. Miami

After making an appearance in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll for the first time this season, the Blue Devils are seeking a 5-0 start as they take on Miami Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Life 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: safety Jeremy Cash

Cash, a tenacious second team All-American safety, leads a confident Duke secondary that is coming off of a strong 47-13 win against Tulane last week. Cash recorded 11 tackles and an interception to spearhead the effort. Having registered 35 tackles—third best on the team—and adding 1.5 sacks to go along with his interception through the first four games of the season, the redshirt junior will need to have a big game again this week as the Blue Devils open up ACC play on the road against Miami... Read more