Former Duke football letterman Charles London returned to the Blue Devil program in 2004, spending two seasons as a graduate assistant coach before being elevated to full-time status prior to the 2006 campaign. He coaches the running backs.
“Charles has a passion for Duke football that is second to none as well as a knowledge of what it takes to be successful here,” said head coach Ted Roof. “He has a very bright future in coaching, and we are excited to have him on the Duke staff.”
At running back, Duke brings back a trio of players in Justin Boyle, Ronnie Drummer and Re’quan Boyette that combined for 1,047 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Boyle and Drummer shared the program’s Outstanding Offensive Player honor following the 2005 campaign. Boyle paced the team in rushing yards with 458 and finished among the ACC leaders in rushing touchdowns with nine — the most by a Duke back since Laymarr Marshall’s total of 13 during the 1995 season. His 11 career rushing touchdowns rank fourth among active players in the ACC entering the 2006 campaign.
Drummer averaged an impressive 10.2 yards per carry last fall and displayed his play-making abilities with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against East Carolina and an 81-yard sprint from scrimmage for a score at Miami. He is one of just two active players in the nation to have an 80-yard run and 100-yard kickoff return to his credit.
In addition, Boyle, Drummer and Boyette each have both a touchdown run of over 75 yards and a 100-yard rushing game to his credit, and all three have rushes from scrimmage that rank among Duke’s top 10 longest plays.
Junior Tielor Robinson, who transferred to Duke from Army prior to the 2005 season, and senior B.J. Smith, a two-year letterman, headline the group of fullbacks.
London, who lettered in both football and track and field at Duke and was a member of the 1994 Blue Devil squad that played in the Hall of Fame Bowl, joined the staff after serving as the Director of Stadium Operations at Gillette Stadium, the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots. He also worked as a Stadium Assistant Manager with the Cleveland Browns and as an Events Manager for Disney Wide World of Sports. In his two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the Blue Devils, London worked with the Duke defense in 2004 before switching sides of the football in 2005.
Recruited to Duke by current Blue Devil head coach Ted Roof, London appeared in 34 games over three seasons as a running back. His top campaign came in 1995 when he rushed for 291 yards on 62 attempts with five touchdowns including a 51-yard scoring run against Florida State. London’s best single-game effort was a 16-carry, 73-yard outing against N.C. State that including one rushing touchdown and a pair of pass receptions for an additional 19 yards. As a member of Duke’s track and field squad, he raced with the 4x100-meter team that finished fifth at the ACC Championships in 1995.
London earned a degree in political science from Duke in 1996. The recipient of Duke’s Trinity Teammate Award in 1996 and the College Football Hall of Fame Foundation Award in 1997, London was a prep standout at Georgia’s Dunwoody High School where he was selected for the prestigious Georgia-Florida All-Star game following his senior season. He also earned a master’s degree in Humanities from Duke in May of 2006.
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