2007 Duke Blue Devils Football Preview
2007 Duke Blue Devils season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Duke Blue Devils football preview as well as the 2007 Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's college football predictions against the college football point spread from the 2-time UHC contest winner.
Coach: Ted Roof (5th year at Duke)
Team Name: Blue Devils
2006 Overall Record: 0-12
Returning Starters: 16
It's tough to find something positive to say about the Duke Blue Devils (0- 12, 0- 8 ACC), a team that's posted a 9- 71 record over the past seven years. Ted Roof has been head coach for four years, posting a 5- 34 record. He's got a new offensive coordinator—Peter Vaas—and a new defensive coordinator—Ted Roof. That's right, Roof has made himself the defensive guru.
Offensive coordinator Peter Vaas, former QB coach for Notre Dame's Brady Quinn, will be working to further develop the spread offense with sophomore signal caller Thaddeus Lewis (53% COMP, 2,134 YDs, 11 TDs, 16 INTs). Lewis is fine when not under pressure, but has a tough time under the rush. The Duke offensive line was extremely weak last season, but should be more effective with a full year of experience. Senior WR Jomar Wright (41 REC, 561 YDs, 2 TDs) returns to lead the receiving corps. Junior HB Re'quan Boyette (87 CAR, 388 YDs, 2 TDs) is ready to start and should be effective, while senior HB Justin Boyle, who's scored 14 TDs over two seasons, will offer offensive output.
The defense allowed 33.8 PPG last season, ranking them 114th nationally. They could not stop the rush or the pass. The frontline, line-backing and secondary units all have two new starters. The defense returns junior MLB Michael Tauiliili (93 tackles, 32 solo), who has led the club in tackles in each of his first two seasons. Senior DE Patrick Bailey (3.5 sacks) is a solid playmaker. The safeties look solid, the corners all new and the perimeter soft.
With the entire starting offense returning, Duke should average more than 14.9 PPG. But the defense has not improved much. If the Blue Devils can get a win in their swings against Connecticut and North Carolina, they'll have shown improvement. Winning both games would equal a successful season.
Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule
|Oct 6||Wake Forest||Home|
|Oct 13||Virginia Tech||Home|
|Oct 27||Florida St||Away|
|Nov 10||Georgia Tech||Home|
|Nov 17||Notre Dame||Away|
|Nov 24||North Carolina||Away|
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