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The general sentiment on campus is that it is harder to get into Duke than to stay at Duke. After only starting for one varsity year in high school and having to send letters to Duke to become known, quarterback Adam Smith had decidedly one of the more difficult paths to gain a scholarship to the Blue Devils. Smith, however, faced his most difficult challenges after arriving in Durham.
For most Division I college quarterbacks, high school was a time where dominance was easy and attention came from every angle imaginable. Duke's starting quarterback Adam Smith had a decidedly different route.
The bittersweet attitude that accompanied the football team after it narrowly missed the role of David to then-No. 10 N.C. State's Goliath continued when it was announced that much-improved wide receiver Reggie Love is out for the season with injuries to his medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments.
Picture this situation: You're the coach of a football team with a 23-game losing streak, leading by three points in the first quarter, with the ball on your opponent's 43-yard line. Only problem is, it's fourth down, and you've still got a yard to go for a first down. Do you go for it, or do you settle for punting the ball out of bounds around the opponent's 10-yard line?
Head coach Carl Franks quickly shifted his thoughts of disappointment about the close Virginia game to optimism for this Saturday's Wake Forest game at his weekly press conference Monday.
In the week leading up to the Virginia game, the Blue Devils were still dwelling on their 26-21 loss at Northwestern Sept. 14.
Coming off a 43-17 win against Navy, a happier, more relaxed head football coach Carl Franks spoke confidently about his team Monday, saying that having two wins after five games as opposed to zero as in the last two seasons makes a "world of difference" on the team's outlook.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The football team went from the Joker to Tiger Woods in less than three hours in Annapolis, Md. Saturday.
There's a new sheriff in town.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Looking at a game with a final score of 48-17, it would be hard to make the argument that officiating had anything to do with the outcome. While Florida State effectively dominated Duke in every quarter except the first, it was the decision of an official early in the second quarter that steered the Seminoles to their easy victory.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The largest crowd to ever see a Duke football game crowded into Doak Campbell Stadium for parents weekend and watched the Blue Devils, who played arguably their best football of the season for the first 20 minutes of the game, fall to Florida State in a 48-17 loss.
When special teams coach Denny Creehan was forced to have prostate cancer surgery this season, head football coach Carl Franks announced that special teams duties would be split among his assistant coaches.
Saying that he was "mad in general," though not "mad at [the team]," head football coach Carl Franks expressed regret Monday over missed opportunities in the 26-21 loss to Northwestern.
Frustrated from the dominating defense of Louisville a week ago, the football team (1-1) is eager to travel to Evanston, Ill., to face the winless Northwestern Wildcats (0-2) Saturday at 1 p.m.
"New" has been a reoccurring theme for the football team this year: new season, new attitude, new training center, new goal posts. Now the Blue Devils can add one more to that list: new alcohol policy.
Disappointed but not dejected, head coach Carl Franks spoke confidently at a press conference Monday of his football team's chances this season despite its 40-3 loss Saturday to Louisville.
The only thing that looked healthy for the football team Saturday was the brand new pair of goal posts.
Was it a fluke?
Mark Thompson could not have been much more successful in high school. He was a four-time homecoming king, a quarterback for a state championship team, runner-up in the state wrestling tournament at 171 pounds and his senior class' president.
The women's volleyball team preyed on the intimidated Panthers of High Point University during a 3-0 (30-10, 30-18, 30-22) win Tuesday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Aside from a brief lapse in the third game, the Blue Devils dominated nearly every facet of the match, combining a blend of power and finesse.