Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Duke Blue Devils season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Duke Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 3-5 in ACC
Head Coach: David Cutcliffe, 12th year, 67-72
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DUKE OFFENSE
– Duke managed to pull off eight wins and survive the season despite a wildly inconsistent offense that scored 14 points or fewer in four of the last nine games – losing them all. Just four starters are back, but there’s reason to think things might not be all that bad.
– For starters, there’s a reason why New York Giant fans went apespit over their team drafting Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. Mostly, it’s because they had no idea who he was, but it’s also partly because he was just okay. Replacement Quentin Harris is a better runner, has time in the system, and he’s a David Cutcliffe-coached quarterback – he’ll be fine.
– The Giants have used the talking point that Jones is better than he looked because he didn’t have a whole lot of help around him. Granted, it’s not like he was throwing to Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins, but TJ Rahming and Johnathan Lloyd were good enough to combine for 126 catches and 13 scores, They’re gone, making sophomore Jake Bobo – 10 catches for 167 yards – the top returning wide receiver. However, he suffered a broken clavicle in fall camp and will need a bit to get back. It’s a young corps, but there’s good size.
– The backfield is solid with the 1-2 rushing punch of Deon Jackson and Brittain Brown to rely on, and three starters are back on an O line that wasn’t a rock, but also wasn’t that awful. The interior of the front five will be solid, but the tackles are going to need a little time – making the mobility of Harris that much more important.