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Sunday Gridiron Practice Places Emphasis On Special Teams
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/19/2007
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Duke head coach Ted Roof
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke football team held a two-hour practice session on Sunday afternoon, placing a strong emphasis on special teams execution.
"We did a lot of special teams work today," said head coach Ted Roof following the workout.  "We did so much live stuff yesterday special teams wise and to come back out to re-teach it, evaluate where we were, correct the mistakes and go back and do it again while it was fresh in everybody's minds made it a very productive day."
Roof also noted the return of offensive guard Zach Maurides, who had missed the contact portion of preseason camp until this weekend while recovering from back surgery.
"(Zach) has progressed faster than we had hoped for," Roof said.  "We're getting a fifth-year senior back, so it's not like you are getting a freshman back.  Zach is a guy we had penciled in as a starter returning from last year."
Following practice, former Duke standout John McNabb spoke to the team for 10 minutes.  McNabb, who lettered as a lineman from 1963-65, played under Hall of Fame head coach Bill Murray and was a teammate of current Duke assistant coach John Gutekunst.  As a senior in 1965, McNabb earned first team All-ACC honors as well as the league's Jacobs Blocking Trophy while the Blue Devils earned a share of the league championship.
Duke will host the annual Meet The Blue Devils Day on Saturday, August 25 from 1-3 p.m. in the Wilson Recreation Center.  The Blue Devils open the 2007 season at home against Connecticut on September 1 at 2 p.m.