DURHAM, N.C. -- For the fifth straight year, the Duke football team awoke early and spent Monday morning ridding the Duke University campus of trash and debris.
The entire Duke team split into four groups to tackle Duke's expansive West Campus. Every player left the Yoh Football Center armed with a trash bag and returned two hours later to fill a truck with the waste.
"We're just trying to help out the community," said redshirt senior running back Patrick Kurunwune. "They do so much for us, we're just trying to return the favor."
"This does two things," Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe said. "One, we help clean up and beautify. We help our people on the grounds who are overwhelmed with the responsibilities in the many areas they have. But we also create awareness. People see this as they're walking across campus, going to class or any other type of business they have going on. They see guys out there in Duke football gear picking up litter."
The campus project has turned up some interesting items over the years.
"One of my teammates picked up a tire," Kurunwune said. "I think he got it from one of the creeks around here. That's probably the most interesting thing I've seen since I've been here."
Duke football has undertaken this project every year under Cutcliffe.
"I don't know if we have enough bags," Cutcliffe said. "Hopefully we do, but I'm not sure we have enough to gather all the littler we need to gather."