FB Forecast: DT A.J. Wolf

Continuing the player by player season preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils with a look at the new starter at defensive tackle, AJ Wolf.

A.J. Wolf

Position:

DT

Height/Weight:

6-foot-4 / 270 pounds

High School:

Greenwich (CT) / Hackley

Year:

Redshirt Junior

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2014 Review

Wolf appeared in each of the 13 games from a season ago, playing a total of 256 snap.  In that time he recorded 23 tackles and 1.5 tackle for loss.  Though he didn’t play a lot, he did make a huge play in the biggest game of the season.  In the Sun Bowl his only tackle produced a loss of one yard on a 4th-and-1 snap for the Sun Devils at the Duke 39 yard line, enabling the Blue Devils to gain possession and march 60 yards on 12 plays to take a 31-30 advantage with 5:03 remaining in the fourth period.

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2015 Preview

With Duke replacing several players on the defensive line, Wolf begins the 2015 season as the starter at defensive tackle alongside Carlos Wray.  Wolf seems prepared to step in after taking him co-Most Improved Defensive players after spring practice.  

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TDD Projection

Both Wolf and Wray seem locked in at on the interior of the defensive line with a fair amount of depth behind them in the form of Edgar Cerenord and Quaven Ferguson.  We’d expect the coaching staff to try different pairings as the Blue Devils play the non-conference portion of the schedule, though with Wolf and Wray remaining the listed starters.

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How he ended up in Durham

"After getting the offer I decided to visit the campus again to get to meet the coaches and see the campus again. After talking to my parents and various people at Duke I decided that to make [the decision]."

Wolf is a very athletic prospect who is also a state champion Shot Put competitor. The Blue Devils were his first offer, and after making the commitment he ended his recruitment.

"He's a guy we had in camp and who we liked when he was there.  We liked him enough to offer him a scholarship.  He definitely needs to add some weight, but he's started that process and we think he's got some attributes that put him ahead of the game.  He's very good at tracking the thrower and shedding blocks.  He's a natural athlete who will continue to get better each and every year." 

"Additionally he's an explosive young man with good power and speed.  Once he adds some good weight to that frame, he's going to be a very good interior lineman for us" - Rick Petri

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Hackley under coach Phil Treglia ...two-time all-state selection by the New York State Sportswriters Association, earning first team recognition as a senior and second team honors following junior season ... as a senior, posted 98 tackles with three quarterback sacks and earned team MVP honors ... registered 102 tackles with three fumble recoveries in junior campaign ... carded 51 tackles, four sacks and five fumble recoveries during sophomore season ...  [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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