A Closer Look: Duke Defense/ST

Miami will play at Duke, which brings a 3-2 record into the game, tomorrow afternoon. The Blue Devils have beaten James Madison, Navy, and Virginia while losing to Northwestern and Georgia Tech. Lets take a closer look at what they bring to the table on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line:
One of the strengths of this year's team, the defensive line has played pretty well this season. They're led by junior tackle Vince Oghobaase, who was recruited by Miami coming out of high school. The massive interior lineman has 19 tackles and one sack this season but his main role is to clog the middle of the defense against the run. He does a nice job of that. The best pass rusher of the unit is senior Greg Akinbiyi, who has 20 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and two sacks on the season so far. Sophomore Wesley Oglesby (16 tackles, one sack) is questionable going into this game. Senior Clifford Respress (24 tackles, no sacks) and sophomore Patrick English (12 tackles) are also active.

Linebackers:
Senior Michaek Tauiliili is the leading tackler from his middle linebacker spot, with 57. He now has 259 for his career. Junior Vincent Rey and senior Marcus Jones, a former QB/RB/WR, man the outside spots. Rey has 46 tackles, including 6.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Jones has 24 tackles on the season but is considered the most athletically gifted of the bunch.

Defensive Backs:
Senior Jabarri Marshall is the big play guy at corner. He's returned his two picks this season for a total of 109 yards and is generally tough to throw on. Junior Leon Wright, who has five career picks, is excellent as well but is questionable going into this game with an injury. Even if he's able to go, he likely won't be at 100-percent. Safeties Glenn Williams (22 tackles, one pick) and Catron Gainey (20 tackles) are also active. Duke's pass defense ranks 25th in the country so you can tell these guys do a nice job.

Special Teams:
Punter Kevin Jones is the best in the ACC at what he does, statistically speaking. Wright and Ryan Wood are the punt return guys but neither have done much in that department so far this season. Marshall is a talented kick return guy, averaging more than 22 yards per return. Senior kicker Joe Surgan is just 1-for-1 on field goals this season and 11-for-24 for his career so don't expect too many of those in this game.


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