Maggio Named Starting Kicker

DURHAM, N.C. -- Following Duke's one-hour practice on Wednesday morning, head coach David Cutcliffe announced that sophomore Nick Maggio will begin the season as the Blue Devils' starting placekicker.

Maggio earns the spot following preseason competition from senior Joe Surgan, sophomore Will Snyderwine and freshman Paul Asack.

"Nick Maggio, right now, unless something different happens, will be our starting placekicker, particularly anything with extra points or medium to close field goal range," Cutcliffe said. "Throughout practice (Maggio's percentage) has been really good. He's in the 85-percent range. You can live with that in field goal range, and he's 100 percent with extra points. Anything of any great distance, we'd certainly go back in there with Joe.

Cutcliffe indicated that Maggio's range would extend to 45 yards out.

"Maggio has made a couple of 47, 48-yarders, so 45 yards and in, I'm thinking him," Cutcliffe said. "Yesterday, Joe made one from 53 that would have been good from 63. He's a guy that has unusual ability. We've got a guy who's truly a long-range field goal kicker. Joe Surgan will be our kickoff man."

In 2007, Maggio made two-of-five field goal attempts and was successful on all 13 of his extra point tries.

Cutcliffe went on to mention that Kevin Jones would handle the punting duties while Chris Shannon would hold down the long snapping chores on both punt and placement kicks.

"For the first time, I'm not going to say I'm pleased, but I'm encouraged a great deal by our specialists and their work," Cutcliffe noted.

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