Countdown to Kickoff - Defense

Kickoff for the 2005 season is now less than a week away and aims to have all Blue Devil fans ready for Duke's first tilt with the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville. In case you missed the seasonal previews at each key position, TDD recaps each crucial positional battle. Read on to review the '05 defensive unit.

Defensive Line: SWith a mixture of experience veterans and talented younger players, the Devils will have enough skill and muscle up front to compete with anyone in the ACC. With his size and skill, opponents will quickly figure out that Vince Oghobaase need to be double-teamed. This will leave the other three linemen in one-on-one match-ups, which Duke now has the ability to take advantage of....[Full Story]

Linebackers: There will be a fierce battle for playing time at strong-side linebacker between Alex Williams and Bailey. Williams has been through more battles at the position, but Bailey's size, athleticism and instincts will win him the starting spot. Lowe will man the middle and expect Alfred Williams to emerge as his primary backup....[Full Story]

Defensive Backs: Three of the four starters in the defensive backfield are almost cast in stone. The safety spots will be manned by Greene and Davis, and Talley will start at one CB spot. Duke finished 2004 third in the ACC with 15 interceptions. With a dramatically improved pass rush, along with the play-making ability of the backfield, Duke will most likely equal or improve on that number. ....[Full Story]

Special Teams: Duke will once again have a solid season covering kicks and punts. Chris Davis will return at least one kickoff for a touchdown, and will also seize hold of the punt return duties. Joe Surgan will win the kicking position and provide Duke with its most consistent kicker since Sims Lenhardt.....[Full Story]


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