Roof's Weekly Letter To Duke Football Fans

Head coach Ted Roof offers his opinions on the team's season to date in his weekly letter

Duke Football Fans,

I hope this finds you well and your family healthy and doing well. Our open week came at a very good time. I gave the players a couple of days off last week as I knew that they needed to approach the rest of the season with a fresh perspective. It also gave us a chance to get our football team somewhat healthy. Thad Lewis has recovered from his concussion he suffered during the Virginia Tech game. Ronnie Drummer is still being hampered by ankle injury suffered on the first drive of the season in the opening ballgame.

As coaches, we used the beginning of last week to perform a complete self analysis or what we call self-scout. We identified what we are doing well and some areas where we are not performing well. We play and coach the game to win and I certainly understand that winning is the ultimate measuring stick. However, we have improved as a football team in many areas that have not shown up in the win-loss column thus far. We are playing much better defense against the run and our overall total defense is improved by over 100 yards per game. We have got to get better on defense in third and long situations.

Offensively we are throwing the football much better than last year as our completion percentage has gone from 47 percent to right at 60 percent. Our average yards per attempt has increased by over three yards per attempt. We have the third highest yards per attempt in the league. Offensively we are very efficient on third down and less than six. We are over 55 percent efficient in those situations. However, our third and 7-plus efficiency has not been very good at all. It is obvious that we must stay on schedule offensively. Our red zone offense is certainly an area of emphasis for us.

We kick-off this Saturday at noon for the third consecutive game. This will also be the third consecutive game that will appear as the Lincoln Financial ACC game of the week. It will be Homecoming on Saturday at Wallace Wade and I hope to see you there.

Go Duke!

Ted Roof

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