Key Offensive Lineman To Return

Heading into the off-season it seemed as though the Duke coaching staff would have to find an answer along the entire offensive line. However recent conversations behind the scenes have yielded good news as offensive lineman Jim Moravchik has decided to finish his eligibility in Durham.

After injuries forced him to miss last season's spring game, Morvachik was slated to start at left tackle for the Blue Devils during the 2004 season. Eventually the wear and tear caused by playing most of the snaps wore down the 6-foot-6, 305lbs junior. Heading into the off-season it was assumed by most insiders that the Wisconsin native would hang up his cleats and move on with his degree, while forfeiting his remaining year of eligibility.

However, sources confirm to TDD that Jim Moravchik has reconsidered and will be on the roster for the 2005 season. The decision not only bolsters Duke's offensive line, but also has reportedly energized the offensive unit, which was in dire need to depth and capable bodies last season.

After not starting the game against Navy, Morvachik earned the starting nod against Connecticut and held on to the position for the remainder of the season. During his career, he's amassed 27 appearances with 13 starts. That kind of experience is invaluable for the young Blue Devils if a run at a possible bowl berth is to be made in 2005 according to TDD's football expert David Dohrmann.

"Needless to say, the unexpected return of any multi-year starter immediately improves depth," said Dohrmann. "Moravchik's return, however, will most likely positively affect Duke's outlook for the 2005 season. He will be the only player on the Duke roster who has started a college game at tackle. The offensive line is considered by many to be the biggest question mark on the Duke team. With the addition of Moravchik, the line becomes much more stable. He started 10 games last season, and was arguably Duke's best offensive lineman in 2004. Without Moravchik on the roster, it was highly likely that Duke would have started at least one freshman at tackle. With Jim coming back, the Devils will now have some experience at the offensive line's highest profile position."

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