DURHAM, N.C. – With the spring practice session hitting the home stretch, the Duke football program makes its final preparations for Saturday’s Spring Showcase. The Blue Devils will have three practices prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. start at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
SPRING SHOWCASE DETAILS SETSPRING SHOWCASE DETAILS SET
Saturday’s free event will start at 1 p.m. with the Blue Zone, Science Drive Garage (no tailgating) and Grounds Lot (ADA Parking and Blue Devil Tower guests) parking lots opening at 10 a.m. The Bostock Gate (North), Wilson Gate (East) and Powers Gate (West) will open at 12 noon. Highlights inside the venue for the event include:
- Open seating will be available on both the east and west sides of the stadium, in the blue chairback seats
- Concessions will be open and Duke Merchandise will be on sale
- Interactive inflatable games will be set up on the concourse throughout the event
- Victory Bell will be on the concourse to take photos with
- Duke Ticket Office will be on hand to answer any question
- Bags will be allowed into the stadium, but will be subject to search when entering
- Fans can head on the field and meet their favorite Duke players for 30 minutes following the Spring Showcase
The 🏟 🚪 will open wide on April 14.— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) April 4, 2018
We'll see you at 1 p.m. for our annual Spring Showcase. Full details ⤵️https://t.co/VKd7aCUmVm
SEASON TICKET PRIZES THROUGH FRIDAY
With the April 13 priority season ticket deadline fast approaching, Blue Devil prizes have been given away with four days of winners still to come. Once fans renew or purchase their tickets, their account will be automatically entered into each day's drawing from now through Friday.
Winners have already included:
Season 🎟 winner 3️⃣— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) April 4, 2018
🔵Brad Peete from Boone, N.C., has won a Duke Football Gear Package ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/3zwPxfc2Mh
Season 🎟 winner 6️⃣— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) April 7, 2018
🔵Ted Crowley of Statesville, N.C. has won ✌🏾 tickets to watch a game from the DeJoy Family Club in Blue Devil Tower this season pic.twitter.com/EnCK6pxhQw
JONES SEEING DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE OFFENSE
Rising redshirt junior Daniel Jones approaches his third year as Duke’s starting quarterback and sees the offense continuing the make strides this spring.
“I think we’ve made some progress,” Jones said. “Each week, each practice we’re putting in some new stuff and the defense is putting in some new stuff. Everything changes a little bit as we go through spring ball. There are a lot of adjustments. But a lot of practice comes in making those adjustments, learn on the fly and adapt to what the defense is doing. I want to help us more consistently set ourselves up to be successful and not hurting ourselves with penalties. Lost-yardage plays are also a big thing. If we’re consistently setting ourselves up, that gives us a chance to make plays and push the ball down the field”
Jones, the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl MVP and ESPN ACC All-Bowl Team choice, started all 13 games last season, completing 257-of-453 (.567) passes for 2,691 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing 161 times for 518 (3.22) yards and seven scores. The Charlotte, N.C., product accounted for three or more touchdowns in four games, including the final three as the Blue Devils secured bowl eligibility and captured the Quick Lane Bowl with a 36-14 victory against Northern Illinois.
TIGHT ENDS IN NEW PLACES
Duke’s tight ends have been working hard this spring for position coach Jeffrey Faris, who shifted over from working primarily with the wide receivers. The unit has also spent time learning from new wide receivers’ coach Gerad Parker.
“We have a lot of things going for our room right now,” redshirt senior Daniel Helm said. “Obviously blocking is paramount at our position. If you can’t get the run game going, there’s not going to be a lot open in the passing game. In terms of just passing, we’re trying to be more creative. Our new coach, Coach Faris, is teaching us a lot in terms of releases. We’ve also been picking up some things from Coach Parker, like how to catch a go-route and working with the quarterbacks on how that would look. We’re putting different guys in new positions. In our room, that means splitting us out at X, putting us at Y or putting us at B. The only thing we haven’t really done is be a Z or running back.”
GIANTS MAKE YEARLY VISIT TO DURHAM
Prior to his 15th NFL season, New York Giants' starting quarterback Eli Manning visited Durham for his annual practice session with David Cutcliffe. Manning played for Cutcliffe from 2000-03 at Ole Miss, earning SEC Player of the Year honors as a senior. Manning capped his collegiate career with a 10-3 record and a 31–28 Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State in 2003. Joining Manning from the New York Giants on the trip to Durham this year were tight end Rhett Ellison, tight end Evan Engram, running back Wayne Gallman, wide receiver Roger Lewis, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
DAVIS VISITS COWBOYS’ FACILITY FOR WORKOUT
After completing Duke’s Pro Day activities last Tuesday, former All-ACC center Austin Davis took advantage of another opportunity to work in front of NFL scouts, attending the Dallas Cowboys’ annual Dallas Day.
The Dallas Day event inside AT&T Stadium features players who either attended high school or college football in the Dallas area. Over the years, Dallas Day gives the Cowboys – from front office personnel to coaches to the scouts – a chance to physically work out players from this area, conducting regular practice drills.
Davis, a native of, Mansfield, Texas, served as team captain in 2017. He played in 38 games and started the last 25 at center.
BOWL & MARCH MADNESS SUCCESS
Now that college basketball and football seasons are complete, when the dust settled there was one school that reached the Sweet 16 in this year’s NCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments and also won a bowl game: Duke.
The only ☝🏽— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) March 20, 2018
EDWARDS HEADS TO TEXAS
Former Duke All-America kickoff returner/safety DeVon Edwards will continue to pursue his NFL dreams by participating in The Spring League, an elite developmental league and scouting event that is taking place in Austin, Texas.
All teams in The Spring League utilize the same location, for both practices and games, allowing NFL scouts, GM's, and player personnel directors with an opportunity to evaluate players in one setting. The Spring League consists of four games, two per team, played in April.
All Spring League games will stream for free on Bleacher Report Live in the app or in browser.
Edwards took part in his first game last Saturday as a member of the East squad and has one more contest remaining on Thursday. The East dropped a 30-13 decision to the West squad.
CROWDER BACK AT DUKE
Former Blue Devil All-America wide receiver Jamison Crowder was on campus last week for Duke’s annual Pro Day event. Crowder has been working with Associate Director of Sports Performance/Head Football Sports Performance Coach Noel Durfey for part of the offseason to improve quickness and explosiveness.
Crowder was an All-America selection as a return specialist in both 2013 and 2014 as well as a three-time All-ACC honoree at wide receiver. He went on to be a fourth round NFL Draft pick and has played in 47 career games for the Washington Redskins, catching 192 passes for 2,240 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Former Duke All-America linebacker and 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Jeremy Cash got a fresh start this spring with the Arizona Cardinals. Cash was plucked off wavers on March 16, 2018, and began working out with the Cardinals last week as Arizona began Phase One of its offseason program with voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.
Numerous NFL Blue Devils also sent well wishes to those going through Pro Day last Tuesday.
I love this. Happy for all you guys https://t.co/UjJgSfkJSd— Vinny Rey (@VinnyRey) April 4, 2018
Wishing the best of luck to the Blue Devils today! #DukeProDay— Laken Tomlinson (@laken77) April 3, 2018
Finally, former Blue Devil offensive guard Lucas Patrick had his 2017 highlighted by the Green Bay Packers last week.